The festivities started early in Nappanee with the Big Cup Golf Tournament at McCormick Creek at 7:30 a.m. and the annual Junior Olympics sponsored by the Rotary at 8 a.m.
One of the big events of the day was the Fourth of July parade. People lined up along the city streets and into the park awaiting the parade, which had members of the American Legion following right behind the Parade Marshall’s vehicle. There was plenty of candy to be had for the little ones and plenty of sirens to be heard. A local beagle watching the parade with its owner wailed along with the sirens.
The fire trucks that were at the tail end of the parade was what Kiarra Joy Mast was most looking forward to according to her parents Dan and Margaret. The family, along with baby boy Cody, was enjoying the parade from Stauffer Park. Mast said the best part of the day was enjoying down time with loved ones and friends.
"It’s just a good day of food, fun and fellowship," Mast said. They had relatives visiting from Ohio who joined them at Stauffer Park where most of the day’s events took place. The Masts own Nappanee Bicycle Shop.
"This is one of a few days we take off and we’re enjoying the company and the community."
Hoping to get lots of candy thrown his way from the parade was Bradley Holmes. Bradley and his family, mom Katrina, sister Karen and her friend Katie Peel were watching down the road from the park. They said they’d be at the park off and on throughout the day participating in the activities.
Lucy Beachy and her children Jaclyn and Clayton were enjoying the cornhole games set up at the park. Lucy said her children were most excited about the upcoming fireworks that night and as for Lucy herself, "Whatever makes them happy, makes me happy."