Brazil Rotary celebrates Independence Day now until July 4

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BRAZIL, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — The first Fourth of July celebration of the year was held Friday by the Brazil Rotary Club.

Bands performed at Forest Park in Brazil, Ind., under the pavilion to combat any potentially bad weather. Attendees had the chance to enter a raffle for the opportunity to win $10,000; nightly giveaways will start on Wednesday.

“I don’t think the rain is going to dampen the spirit of celebrating the nation’s birthday and people are just ready to get out and have a good time,” club member Dave Crooks said.

Festivities will continue for the next nine nights, club members said. Each day of celebration begins at 3 p.m. on weekends and 5:30 p.m. on weeknights leading up to the holiday.

“The fact that things are opening up, people have the chance to come out and have a good time at the park,” Crooks said. “We don’t like take a bunch of money from people. The entertainment is sponsored by the rotary club and the various sponsors that help us out. They can come out and not spend a fortune and have a good time for ten nights.”

Carnival rides are at the celebration. The Brazil Concert Band, the oldest continuous concert band in the state, will perform both Sunday nights.

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