From setting up events to buying food, it’s been a busy day in the Wabash Valley.
With fourth of July just hours away, shoppers have a few boxes to check off their list.
“I’ve got to get meat. I always get my meat at Baesler’s,” said Dorothy Martin.
And checking that list means beating the rush.
“It’s always busy at noontime and between five and six, so I shop in the morning,” she said.
Polly Jeffers had a different shopping strategy.
“I’m planning for Saturday, but if I had a party planned for tomorrow I would have already done it.
On the other side of town, Dean’s Party Mania is using a special feature to make sure customers find just what they need to light the skies.
“We have this really cool feature called the backyard preview. You can scan any item in the store and they watch it before they buy it, so they know exactly what they’re getting when they walk out the store with it,” said Abby McGrath, store manager of Dean’s Party Mania.
For those looking for pre-4th fun, the 10th annual Light up the Landing event is expected to draw thousands, which means getting a head start.
“Around 10:00 we started setting up for the event,” said Andrea O’Rourke, manager of The Landing.
But to truly prepare, The Landing plans the event a year in advance.
A list of 4th of July events happening in and around the Wabash Valley can be found here.