4th of July 2020

4th of July Blast 5K & Lit’l Firecracker 2K Run/Walk 

Join Valpo Parks for the annual 4th of July Blast 5K Run/Walk and 2k Run and enjoy the new race layout through downtown Valparaiso before the new parade beginning at 10:00am!  After the race, the Farmer’s Market will be at Central Park from 8:00am-1:00pm for anyone needed some last minute goodies for their afternoon BBQ!

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Event Location

68 Lafayette St
Valparaiso, IN US 46385

Event Details

The goal of the event is to provide a truly competitive racing experience for the participants while adhering to all CDC social distancing and safety guidelines.

Because of the current COVID 19 pandemic we will be utilizing a modified time trial format for this race.  This will allow runners to start individually or in small groups of associated participants (family member or participants that live together) during designated times between 7:30AM-9:30AM.  When registering, participants will be asked to select a 15 minute starting time slot.  Participants may begin their race anytime during the selected time slot.  There is a limit of 50 starting positions available for each starting time slot and they are available on a first come, first serve basis.  In order to maintain safe distancing and traffic control on the race course participants must start during their selected starting time slot.  If a particular starting time is not available it means it has reached the maximum number of participants for that time slot. Please do not ask us to make any exceptions, because we will not.  The race course will remain open until 10:00AM.

Registration and packet pick up:


Pre-Race Packet Pick Up for 4th of July Blast 5K will be available Wednesday, July 1st thru Friday, July 3rd from 11AM to 6PM at the Extra Mile Fitness Company, 1330 E Lincolnway, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383.

Onsite packet pick up will be available on race morning beginning at 6:00AM. Participants are asked to not arrive at the race site any earlier than 20 minutes before their designated starting time. Parking will be available throughout downtown as marked.

Packet pick up for Lit’l Firecracker 2K at the Southwest Corner of Central Park Plaza and Porter Amphitheater on race morning, from 6:30AM to 9AM with the race beginning at 9:30AM.

City of Valpo 4th of July Fireworks

FREE fireworks (tickets required) at Urschel Field, hosted by Valpo Parks. Gates open at 7:30 pm. Note that no food or musical entertainment will be available on site, but the fireworks will be choreographed to music.

Limited tickets will be available and restricted to those who live within the City limits of Valparaiso -- available on a first-come, first-served basis at a ticket pick-up event at the William E. Urschel Pavilion, 63 Lafayette St. on June 24 from 6 pm until “sold out.” Please bring proof of Valparaiso address and be aware that there will be a 6-ticket limit per address.

The fireworks will also be live-streamed so others may enjoy remotely. For a link to the stream, visit the city’s Facebook page at Valparaiso Now.

A rain date for the fireworks has been set for Sunday, July 5 in case of inclement weather. Remaining events will not be rescheduled due to weather.

Event Sponsor

To become a corporate sponsor of any aforementioned 2020 4th of July events, please contact Lisa Kusbel at lkusbel@valpo.us.

Special thanks to our 2020 Special Events Sponsors: Brown Tire of Valparaiso, Family Express, Puntillo & Crane, Urschel Labs, BoyConn Printing