As the nation gears up to celebrate Independence Day, area communities have a variety of activities for families to enjoy.
• The 14th annual "Old Fashioned Independence Day Celebration" will be held at the Forks of the Wabash Historic Park on Wednesday, July 4, at 9:45 a.m.
The park will open at 9 a.m., with music starting at 9:45 a.m. and the program at 10 a.m.
The program will feature music by the Erie Band and Company Singers as well as a keynote speaker, honor guard and a presentation of the Miami Indians involvement in the military.
Following the program, the public is invited to tour the historic buildings on the property. In addition, the Forks of the Wabash is sponsoring a hog roast, and food will be available for a free will donation.
The hog roast planning committee consists of Marvin and Karen Eltzroth and Don and Jan Mathias.
There is no entrance fee for the event and it is recommended that those attending bring folding chairs or blankets since seating is limited. The program will be in the outdoor pavilion.
Proceeds from the event will go towards the new addition and other expenses at the Forks.
The Forks of the Wabash Historic Park is located at the intersection of U.S.-24 and Ind.-9.
• The American Legion Post 7 will sponsor the annual fireworks show, on Monday, July 4, starting at 10:08 p.m., at Huntington North High School.
In the event of rain or high winds, the show will be held on Tuesday, July 5.
Updates on any changes will be listed on The TAB's website, www.huntingtoncountytab.com .
The town has not made a final decision regarding its fireworks show due to the current burn ban. A decision is expected to be made later this week. For updated information on the fireworks show, visit The TAB's website at www.huntingtoncountytab.org .
The fireworks show is currently scheduled to be held in Roanoke Park on Wednesday, July 4, starting at dusk.
• On Tuesday, July 3, Main Street will be alive and hopping with the annual Patriotic Pops Concert. This year's theme is "Freedom on Main."
This year, the concert is honoring World War II veterans with a "Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy" theme of Big Band classics provided the Heartland Chamber Chorale and the Heartland Jazz Orchestra.
Local Cub Pack 3131 will serve as the color guards. U.S. Congressman Marlin Stutzman will open the concert with patriotic words and his wife, Christy, will sing the national anthem.
Pre-concert music will be provided by rock band End Game at 6 p.m., followed by the main concert at 8 p.m.
Tickets may be purchased at The Emporium at Joseph Decuis; online at www.HeartlandChorale.org  or call 436-8080 or 866-745-7013.
The presenting sponsor of the event is Joseph Decuis.
In the event of rain, the performance will be held at the Huntington North High School auditorium. If rain is likely, call 436-8080 for the status of the concert.
A barbecue dinner is available at the Joseph Decuis food tent and the area restaurants and shops will be open.
Chairs will be provided and seating is available on a first come, first served basis.
There are no events scheduled for this weekend. The town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday.
Also, garbage pickup for the town of Andrews will be on Saturday, July 7, instead of Friday, July 6.
There are no scheduled events for the town of Markle. The town offices will be closed on Monday, July 4, in observance of the holiday.
The town of Warren will host its Salamonie Summer Festival over the weekend.
Festivities kick off on Friday, June 30, at 6:30 a.m. with the annual Samuel L. Jones Breakfast, at the Knight Bergman Center.
The 45th annual parade starts at 6 p.m., led by 2012 Grand Marshall, the winner of the Samuel L. Jones award, who will be announced during the breakfast.
Other weekend highlights include:
Saturday, June 30
• Antique tractor show - all day. The event is sponsored by The Daugherty Companies. The Daugherty Companies is located on Ind.-218 at the edge of town.
• Fishing derby - from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration starts at 9 a.m., at Sportsman's Club and the derby will be held at Langton Estates Pond. Warren Sportsman's Club sponsors the event.
• USS Salamonie Picnic - from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the front lawn of the Knight Bergman Center. The USS Salamonie group sponsors the picnic.
• Pet parade - The parade will be held at noon, on stage the corner of 2nd and Wayne streets. At the Corner Salon sponsors the pet parade.
• SAM Olympics - 2 p.m., on the grounds of the Knight Bergman Center, sponsored by Salamonie Active Men.
• "Warren Has Talent" variety show - 4:30 p.m. on the 2nd Street stage.
• Ranch Rodeo - 7 p.m., on the grounds of the Knight Bergman Center. Sponsors include Warren Market, Star Insurance, DeWeese Softwater and Appliance and Warren Pharmacy.
Sunday, July 1
• Volleyball tournament - Pre-play starts at 10 a.m. at Tower Park and the tournament starts at 12:30 p.m. It is sponsored by Warren Service & Supply and Bolinger Propane.
• Waterball fights - 1 p.m., at the Knight Bergman Center
• Lawnmower races - 2 p.m., at the Knight Bergman Center. Sponsored by the Warren Area Chamber of Commerce.
• Car show - Salamonie Active Men sponsor the show, which will be held on Wayne Street.
• Terry Lee and the Rockaboogie Band will perform on the Tower Park stage from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
• The balloon launch will take place at Tower Park, at 9:15 p.m. It is sponsored by Small World Nursery School and PJ's Flower and Gift.
• The annual fireworks show will be held at dusk.
Continuing events throughout the weekend include the Warren Area Antique Tractor Show, free kids activities and open house, sponsored by the Warren Sportsman Club and the Flower & Art Show and Country Calico Club Baby Photo Contest, both to be held in the Town Annex.