4th Fest

Application deadline July 1 @ 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, July 1st, 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. Other activities include the Lions Club Turtle Derby at 11 a.m. (registration starts at 9:30 a.m.). Throughout the afternoon there are 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. Everyone will enjoy DJ Gil Lewis’s karaoke from 3-5 p.m. and Janky Limo band from 6-10 p.m. Janky Limo is part fancy, part funky and always a good time! You’ll hear songs you know, songs you think you know, and songs you’ll want to get to know better. 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 Dori’s Elephant Ears & Funnel Cakes, Leroy’s Hot Stuff, Rudy’s Bar-B-Que, Kona Ice, and Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders starting at noon.

Visit the Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial Wall at the 4th Fest that was designed to travel to communities throughout the United States. Since its dedication, The Wall That Heals has been displayed at nearly 700 communities throughout the nation, spreading the Memorial’s healing legacy to millions. The traveling exhibit provides thousands of veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin.

This year’s 4th Fest was made possible in part by: RED, WHITE & BLUE SPONSORS: Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club, Dave Reynolds for Sheriff, NITCO, Pavilion-Indiana Dunes, Pinkerton Oil Company, Signarama, Town of Porter and Town of Porter Parks Dept. PATRIOT SPONSORS: LanCam, Inc., Landscape Illumination, R. V. Sutton Inc, Republic Services, Town of Chesterton and United Steelworkers Local 12775. 4TH FEST FRIEND SPONSORS: Benjamin F. Edwards – Thomas Roberts & Kristin Jackson, Brainstorm Computers, Inc., Definitive Details, Driftwood Commons, Duneland Chamber of Commerce, Eagle Services, Harris Welsh & Lukmann, Hiestand Law Office, Hopkins’ Ace Hardware, Horizon Bank, Law Offices of Michael T. Sawyier, M & S Collision Centers, MacClennan & Bain Insurance, Paul Boyter – McColly Real Estate, Porter Bank, Pro Pump, Professional Appraisal Services, Kirk & Amy Redman, Re-Elect Senator Rodney Pol, Reflections Salon, SCCS, Town of Burns Harbor, Village Tavern, and VM Graphics.

For more information, contact Brian Bugajski at (219) 983-1042 or parks@townofporter.com, or you can visit www.chesterton-porterrotary.org/fundraisers/4th-fest/ or Chesterton Porter Rotary on Facebook. Chesterton-Porter Rotary Club has been serving the Duneland communities for more than 60 years. Proceeds from Rotary sponsored events help support local and regional organizations and projects.