Stars and Stripes Celebration and Independence Day Weekend Events

July 4th decorations with patriotic holiday cupcakes.

The cities of Lafayette and West Lafayette come together each year to celebrate the birth of our nation at the Stars and Stripes Celebration, where there’s plenty to see and do.

Stars and Stripes Concert

On Thursday July 4th, head to Riehle Plaza in downtown Lafayette for the Stars and Stripes Celebration, which starts with the Stars and Stripes Concert featuring the Lafayette Citizens Band. Performances of patriotic songs from the band, the Freedom Singers, and many more will start at 5:30 p.m. Get there early because the plaza fills quickly. Around 10 p.m. the celebration culminates in a dazzling fireworks presentation over the river.

Battle of the Brave Ruck and Run

The celebration doesn’t stop on Thursday night; the weekend provides several events for the whole family. Honor active military and veterans by taking part in the Battle of the Brave Ruck and Run. On Saturday morning at 7 a.m., you can choose from a 10K Ruck, 10K Run, or 5K Run/Walk as a meaningful memorial of our soldiers’ sacrifices.

Wolf Park Summer Celebration

Head to Wolf Park for a silly summer celebration on Saturday at 2 p.m. as the park owners treat the wolf pack to a Watermelon Party. Watch the wolves tear into their tasty meals of watermelons stuffed with meat, cheese, dog biscuits, and ice cream.

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Howl Night

Wolf outdoors at Wolf Park in Lafayette, IN

Spring is in full swing, and it’s the perfect time of year for you and your family to reconnect with the natural world. If you’re in the Lafayette area, you’re in luck, as there is certainly no shortage of opportunities to get back in touch with the world around you. One of the coolest and most unique opportunities in the area is at Wolf Park, which hosts Howl Night every Friday and Saturday evening between May and November. If you love animals, are a wolf enthusiast, or are just interested in experiencing something new with the family, be sure to visit the Wolf Park this spring to discover the area’s wild side.

Every Friday and Saturday the gates of Wolf Park, in Battle Ground, Indiana, are opened at 7:15 for a chance to observe the wolves when they are most lively. As the sun begins to set, wolves spring to life, exhibiting behavior you wouldn’t be able to witness during the day.

The evening starts with a brief talk about the park’s red and grey foxes at 7:15 followed by a curated experience led by Wolf Park’s handlers. Finally, there is a question and answer session at the end of the evening and an opportunity to visit the park shop.

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Awesome Holiday Road Trip Games for a Fun, Peaceful Holiday Drive

Family holiday road trip

One of the best things about the holiday season is spending some quality time with the whole family. But as every experienced road-tripper knows, too much time in the car with nothing to do can lead to plenty of tension. Looking for something to keep everyone happy this year? Check out these great holiday road trip games that everyone in the family will love.

License Plate Map

A classic road trip game that has saved countless family excursions, the license plate map game can keep everyone distracted, even on particularly long drives. All you need is a printed, blank map of the United States and some sharp eyes to participate, and kids of all ages will love to see the map fill up as they find various license plates on the road.

Would You Rather?

Would You Rather is a great game for families because you can tailor it to suit everyone’s personality. Kids will love deciding between two equally whacky options while adults can add in as much humor as they can conjure up.

Scavenger Hunt

Finally, a good old-fashioned scavenger hunt is a great way to keep everyone sane during a long holiday road trip. Leading up to the drive, print out one or more lists of things for everyone to keep their eyes peeled for and then enjoy the peace and quiet while everyone is busy looking out for a car with one headlight or a truck driver with a trucker’s hat on.

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Fun Family Activities for Fall

It’s hard to complain about autumn in central Indiana. The weather is finally cooling off, the trees are beginning to turn different colors, and—best of all—the kids are back in school. Take advantage of the most comfortable weather of the year by piling into your Mike Raisor Buick or GMC vehicle and having some family fun. Here are a few fun, family-friendly things to do this fall:

Go pumpkin picking.

Nothing feels more like fall than carving into a jack-o-lantern, but before you can start cutting, you’ve got to choose the perfect pumpkin. Kids and adults alike can have a blast hopping on a hayride, sipping hot cider, and carefully inspecting gourds for the optimal size and shape. Wea Creek Orchard is an awesome local farm that offers the complete pumpkin patch experience.

Tailgate a football game.

The atmosphere near Ross-Ade Stadium is always exciting on game day—whether you’re taking a walk through campus or braving traffic for a choice spot in the stadium lot. Pack the cooler, the grill, and some chairs and get together with friends for tailgating fun.

 Visit a haunted house or Halloween attraction.

For older kids, haunted houses and spooky parks are the perfect autumn thrill. Since 2011, Evil on Erie has been the premier Halloween haunt in Lafayette, and they’re back open for scares starting in October. For younger kids, how about a corn maze? Try the largest series of corn mazes in Indiana at Exploration Acres.

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