4th Fest

Application deadline June 30 @ 5pm!

4th Fest Parade

We’re looking forward to seeing you at this year’s parade on July 4th. It kicks off at 9am; line up is on Sexton Ave. across from Yost School. Participation is FREE! The Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club is the new festival/parade sponsor. Laura Layman will be coordinating the parade this year.  Applications are available via email to Laura at DuneBig@gmail.com, or you can pick up a copy at Hawthorn Park in Porter or at the Duneland Chamber in Chesterton. Entries must be received by Friday, June 30, 5pm. Applications may be dropped off at 312 W. Indiana Ave (near Westchester Library). Questions?  Contact Laura via email at DuneBig@gmail.com or 219-617-1742. 


A day long 4th of July Festival will be hosted by the Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club and the Porter Parks Department to celebrate Independence Day. Everyone is welcome! The festivities begin with the Lions Club pancake breakfast from 7 a.m. until noon at Hawthorne Park, followed by the Annual 4th of July Parade that kicks off at 9 a.m. across from Yost School.Participation in the parade is FREE! We’re thrilled to have Dawn Ruge as this year’s Grand Marshal! 

Other activities include the Turtle Derby at 11 a.m. (registration starts at 9:30 a.m.). Throughout the afternoon games and activities for kids and families including Patriotic Poster Contest (1 -3 p.m.) and the ever-popular Brick Toss Contest at 3 p.m. Both events are hosted by Porter Parks Dept. There will also be an obstacle course bounce house for kids.  Everyone will enjoy DJ Gil Lewis’s karaoke from 3-5 p.m. and the NAWTY band performs from 6-10 p.m.; with music from Motown on up, you can't go wrong with the ever-changing NAWTY band. Fireworks begin shortly after dusk. 

Leroy’s will host a beer garden in the park throughout the afternoon and evening and there will be plenty of great food available from Ben’s Soft Pretzels, Chesterton Lions Club, Chomp, The Dogg House, Kona Ice of the Dunes, Leroy’s, and Rudy’s Bar-b-que starting at noon.

 For more information, visit  Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club on Facebook or contact Brian Bugajski at (219) 983-1042 or parks@townofporter.com. Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club has been serving the Duneland communities for more than 60 years supporting local organizations and interests. Proceeds from Rotary sponsored events help support local and regional organizations and projects.