Holiday Happenings!  This Wednesday is the Fourth of July and we are ready in Lafayette-West Lafayette to celebrate independence and freedom in our wonderful country, the United States of America!  Locally, regionally, and nationally, our country observes this day of liberty through parades, fireworks and more. Visitors, in-town and out-of-town, are welcome to join the celebration in Lafayette-West Lafayette, Indiana, at the Annual Fourth of July Stars & Stripes Celebration taking place at Riehle Plaza.  This festive occasion will feature a concert by multiple local entertainers: Lafayette Citizens Band, the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, the Purdue University Summer Jazz Band, the Indiana All-Star High School Show Choir and the Tippecanoe Ancient Fife and Drum Corps. Once the sun sets, a 25 minute fireworks display will be launched from the banks of the Wabash River dazzling the crowds with the beautiful array of colors! Fourth of July is a national holiday that is a favorite of many.  One of my dearest friends, Lindsey, has shared it is her favorite holiday of the year.  She explains it is a day where there is only excitement in the air.  People are joyous to visit with friends, cook delicious food on the grill, enjoy the summer heat, and watch amazing fireworks light up the sky.  It is also a day to acknowledge we live in a free country where we can be anything we want to be.  We live in a wonderful country and we should be so proud to call ourselves "Americans". For more information about this Fourth of July event and other special "happenings" in Lafayette-West Lafayette, check out our website at