Anybody wanting to have a razzle-dazzle Fourth of July has 16 options, some right here and others a short drive away. In chronological order:
• A “We Remember” exhibit pays tribute to area veterans at the Batesville Area Historical Society Museum, 15 W. George St., reports publicity coordinator Anne Baran. Until Labor Day, visitors may view a collection of military uniforms and other artifacts; plus hand-assembled miniature replicas of planes, tanks and hand-painted miniature soldiers from the collection of Ken and Shirley Waldron. Hours are Thursdays, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; and Fridays-Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon.
• Musical theater fans can sing along to favorite patriotic tunes with the cast of “The Yankee Doodle” as they put viewers in the flag-waving spirit. The summer musical, presented by Rural Alliance for the Arts, will be performed Friday-Saturday, June 27-28, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, June 29, at 3 p.m. at the Batesville High School auditorium. “‘The Yankee Doodle’ is a perfect pre-Independence Day event,” says producer Pam Cope. “Not only is it very entertaining, it also reminds us of the sacrifices made by our troops who have served in past and present conflicts.”
• Saturday, June 28, will be patriotic from beginning to end at the Bluegrass at the Gateway Festival at Whitewater Valley Gateway Park, 19067 U.S. 52, Metamora. During the noon opening ceremony, Indianapolis vocalist Morgan Reese will sing the national anthem and Tim Kieffer, Batesville, Indiana Patriot Guard Riders Southeast Region senior ride captain, will speak.
After five groups perform twice in rotation, at 9 p.m. the silver-tongued Everett Green will read the Declaration of Independence, then sing “America the Beautiful.” The evening will conclude with a patriotic video and fireworks. Part of the $14 admission will be used to support the Wounded Warrior Fund. Info: www.bluegrassatthegateway.com or 765-647-2541.
• The annual Oldenburg Firemen’s Festival parade kicks off activities Saturday, June 28, at 1 p.m. The theme is patriotic, so “show us your red, white and blue,” urges organizer Willie Ronnebaum. Participants must stop at the corner of Water and Werner streets to register, she reveals.