June 29, 2007

Stars and Stripes Celebration to include patriotic music

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The annual Stars & Stripes concert and fireworks display at Purdue University's Slayter Center of Performing Arts will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday (July 4).

The Purdue Summer Jazz Band, directed by M.T. "Mo" Trout, will kick off the evening with a variety of tunes, including "Summertime," by George Gershwin, and "Yankee Doodle."

At 8 p.m. the Lafayette Citizens Band, under the direction of William Kisinger, takes over along with the Greater Lafayette Freedom Singers, a community chorus directed by John Satterfield.

The concert will feature patriotic tunes such as "America, the Beautiful," "God Bless America," "The Stars and Stripes Forever" and "Armed Forces Salute."

Around 9 p.m. the Lafayette Citizens Band will take a short break, and the Tippecanoe Fife and Drum Corps will take the stage. The Lafayette Citizens Band will resume playing around 9:30 p.m.

Following tradition, the band will conclude with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture," and fireworks will begin around 10:15 p.m.

The university has created a guide for best travel routes and parking.

Motorists coming from the north or east are advised to take U.S. 52 W. to Northwestern Avenue to Cherry Lane. From the south, take U.S. 231 to State Street, and from the north and west follow McCormick Road to State Street. Stadium Avenue will be closed from McCormick Road to Russell Street.

Parking will be available at the Ross-Ade Stadium parking lots, Northwestern and University parking garages, and Intramural Field. Parking is prohibited along McCormick Road and Cherry Lane, and violators will be towed.

VIP and handicap-accessible parking locations are available off of North Intramural Drive. VIP tickets are available for $20 at all locations of Chase Bank, Lafayette Bank and Trust, Lafayette Savings Bank and Regions Bank. Tickets also are available at City Newsstand, 426 Main St., and Marsh Supermarkets, 3828 Indiana 26, Lafayette, 2250 Teal Road, Lafayette, and 2410 N. Salisbury St., West Lafayette.

Pets, personal fireworks and alcoholic beverages are prohibited. An information booth will be located on the south side of Slayter Center for lost children and other event information.

In order to help eliminate traffic congestion on Indiana 26 in Lafayette and West Lafayette following the fireworks, vehicles may be redirected, and officers may be in the street directing traffic, said Purdue police Lt. Kevin Booker.

Writer: Christy Jones, (765) 494-1089, christyjones@purdue.edu

Sources: Lisa Decker, Stars and Stripes planning committee, (765) 423-6565, lisa.decker@ssfhs.org

Lt. Kevin Booker, (765) 494-8221, klbooker@purdue.edu

Jay Schwartz, director of building services and grounds, (765) 494-1425, jaschwartz@purdue.edu

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu



This map shows public parking areas and the best travel routes for those planning to attend the July 4 Stars & Stripes concert and fireworks display. (Purdue University Police Department graphic)



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