Lakefront Fireworks Delayed to Friday Due to High Waves

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July 2, 2013 — The Indiana Dunes State Park staff say that large swells on Lake Michigan have caused the postponement of Tuesday night’s fireworks show, now rescheduled for 9 p.m. CDT Friday.

Parts of the Indiana Dunes national park and state park that normally are closed after sunset will stay open to give guests special treatment Friday night.

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore staff says, “Areas of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore national normally closed after sunset will remain open so that the public may watch the Chesterton/Duneland Chamber of Commerce ‘Fireworks on the Lakefront’ event staged off the coast of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and Indiana Dunes State Park…” The Park advises that its other park regulations, such as prohibition against personal fireworks on the beach and against glass containers on the beach, remain in effect.

For public access Friday night, the following areas will be open until 11:30 p.m.:
•Wabash Avenue parking lots and restrooms
•Kemil access (East State Park Road) parking lots and restrooms
•Dunbar parking lot and restroom
•Lake View parking lot and restroom
•Beach below the toe of the dune and park waters from the west end of West Road in Dune Acres to Lake View

Park staff say public closure regulations remain in effect for all other areas of the park. “The entire Lake Michigan shoreline in Porter County, east of the NIPSCO generating station, is within Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and under the jurisdiction of the National Park Service. The park boundary extends 300 feet into the lake. Under current park regulations, this shoreline is closed to public use 30 minutes after sunset. In order to accommodate the fireworks event the shoreline from Dune Acres to Lake View will be open until 11:30 p.m…”

“There are no fees charged for parking in National Park Service parking lots, but, parking is extremely limited and lots are expected to fill long before sunset. National Park Service personnel will be on duty during the event to provide law enforcement, emergency medical services, crowd control, parking management, and maintenance of National Park Service areas. The National Park Service is supporting this event by waiving the normal Special Use Permit requirements, including fees and cost recovery charges.”

The Park Service had said that if the fireworks event originally planned for Tuesday was rescheduled, then the park’s open hours will not change on July 2, and the regulations as amended would apply to the rain date of Friday, July 5, 2013.

The complete set of park regulations can be found on the park website:

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