The Fourth Be with You

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
A flourish of fireworks lights up the Greencastle sky Tuesday night, part of the grand finale of the Celebrate 4 Fourth of July festivities at Robe-Ann Park.
Banner Graphic/NICK WILSON

The day’s festivities kicked off with a pancake fundraiser to help build a new Robe-Ann Park bandshell with Greencastle Civic League volunteers such as Shiloh Evans serving up pancakes and smiles.
Also on the morning agenda was the 26th annual Mike Rokicki Memorial 5K Road Run, where Charlie Menzel, the first kid to finish the race, checks his time and even makes the stretch run with a surprise companion in tow.
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  • the fireworks left a lot to be desired this year

    -- Posted by small town fan on Wed, Jul 5, 2017, at 11:41 AM
  • Isn't it sad that small areas like Bainbridge and Heritage lake can put on such better displays than a town like Greencastle? On top of that, I'm not sure what the answer is but seriously how many people can stay up that late when they get up at 4 or 5 the next morning to go to work? I think the committee needs to make some serious changes for next year or just stop doing it all together. By the way, it was better when it was being done at the sports park anyway, alot more room

    -- Posted by putnamcountyproud on Wed, Jul 5, 2017, at 4:47 PM
  • The fireworks were not better at the sports park!! If you can't stay up that late, then go to bed. The park was full of people so I don't think anyone else had the same problem as you putnamcountyproud.

    -- Posted by Rainbow6 on Wed, Jul 5, 2017, at 6:35 PM
  • It was a disappoinment. I too was frustrated I stayed up so late when working this morning. The kids enjoyed it, but it is sad smaller towns have better shows. I'm proud of putnam county, its just lacking in some areas. Always room for improvement.

    -- Posted by hometowngirl626 on Wed, Jul 5, 2017, at 11:47 PM
  • Times Change, People Change, Celebrations happen because of that change. Several years ago (25)there were many things on the "Celebrate 4" to draw people to the park. Families would go early in the morning to grab a table or part of a shelter house for the all day get together. The park was packed all day long. Activities were free such as; all day swimming, softball and baseball tournaments, volley ball tournaments, big wheel races for the small kids, hot dog and egg eating contest, music in the band shell, vendors everywhere, etc. The fireworks started promptly at 9:30. I believe it was the J-C club back then that was in charge. It is not a committee that makes this work, it's the village. That is what's happening in the smaller areas today.

    -- Posted by whatruthinking2 on Thu, Jul 6, 2017, at 6:32 AM
  • Agree the fireworks in Greencastle were not as spectacular as they were in previous years. We went to Bainbridge for the 1st time this year and those were amazing. Both events were marred by unruly children and teenagers. I am all for having fun, but sad how parents plant their faces in their phones vs watching and controlling their kids. I doubt the teenagers even watched the show as too busy taking selfies and calling their friends.

    -- Posted by richardsonwendy211 on Thu, Jul 6, 2017, at 9:17 AM
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