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July 5, 2013

Celebrating independence

Cass County commemorates Fourth of July

Cass County was alive with festivities Thursday through an itinerary of fireworks, parades, music, swimming and more as the area celebrated the nation’s Independence Day.

Like many others, Logansport resident Tina Mehrle got together with family and friends at Riverside Park to mark the holiday. She could be found among a group of more than 20 who lounged on lawn chairs and picnic tables awaiting the fireworks to be displayed later in the evening.

“The freedom to be with friends and family,” she said when asked what the Fourth of July meant to her, as burgers, brats and chicken breasts sizzled on a grill nearby.

Official National Weather Service readings at the Logansport/Cass County Airport registered in the mid-70s after noon and skies remained slightly cloudy. It was far different from the sunny, 100-degree day in 2012.

But it didn’t faze children embarking on the wet bounce house at Riverside Park, one of several child-oriented activities set up for the afternoon.

“After the last two years of heat, heat, heat, we felt we needed something wet for people,” said Janet Fawley, administrator of the Logansport Parks and Recreation Department. The wet bounce house was added to a dry bounce house and several staples at the park — carousel and train rides, miniature golf and the annual garage sale. Visitors came in a fairly steady flow into midafternoon, Fawley said shortly after 3 p.m. Thursday.

At Tower Park, some 344 people had been admitted as of 2:38 p.m. for the pool’s free admission day, according to pool staff. The pool drew more than 700 during last year’s heat wave.

“This year we were expecting just as many,” said assistant pool manager Stacy Farrer. “It’s really up to the weather, but so far it’s been good.”

In Walton, a stream of cars, floats, tractors and more flowed through Main Street Thursday afternoon for the town’s annual Fourth of July parade.

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