July 4th Celebration Activities & Events in Vincennes

Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum is proud to announce the special events and activities that are scheduled to be included in this Saturday’s July 4th celebration of our nation’s birthday!  Mayor Yochum invites everyone to visit the Food Vendors in the Patrick Henry Square area starting at 10:00 this Saturday morning.

Beginning at 2:00 this Saturday afternoon, all streets that will be used for parade preparations and for the parade itself will be blocked off.   All motorists are asked to avoid driving in the area west of North Second Street and South of Seminary Street due to construction and heavy traffic on Saturday afternoon, July 4th.

The annual July 4th Parade is scheduled to step off at 6:00 that evening from the Second & Hart Street intersection.  The parade will travel east on Hart Street to the intersection of Seventh and Hart.  From there, it will turn south on Seventh Street and proceed to the corner of Seventh & Main Streets.  Travelling west on Main, the parade will pass the reviewing stand which will be set up at the intersection of Second and Main Streets on the Old Gimbel Corner.  Due to the improvements being made on North Second Street, the parade will continue to traverse Main Street on down to the corner of First and Main.

Immediately following the conclusion of the July 4th parade, Mayor Yochum welcomes everyone to attend the presentation of and reception for Carroll Hamner, this year’s the “Spirit of ’76 Award Winner”, in the Harmony Society, 111 North Second Street.

A display of several Terre Haute Quarter Midget Association race cars and two Indiana National Guard vehicles will be on display near the Vincennes Firefighters Union Food Vendors immediately following the parade in the Patrick Henry Drive area.

The annual July 4th fireworks display, sponsored by the Vincennes American Legion, will be shot off from the Lincoln Memorial Bridge beginning at dusk. The Lincoln Memorial Bridge will be closed on both sides of the Wabash River at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th to prepare for the spectacular fireworks show.

July 4th Parade Steps Off at 6:00 p.m. This Saturday

Vincennes 4th of July Parade 6 p.m. Saturday, July 4th, 2015 Rain or Shine

                              PARADE RULES & INSTRUCTIONS

  • This year’s parade theme is: “Sweet Land of Liberty”…and should be followed as closely as possible.
  • All entries must be decorated in patriotic form with flags properly displayed
  • Parade Units must be kept moving forward.  Special request for units to stop and perform along the parade route must be requested on your entry form.
  • One unit per Organization.  (A Pull Vehicle and Trailer is considered one unit)
  • No alcoholic beverages allowed.  If any unit, including riders, drivers, and/or walkers, are deemed intoxicated by the Parade Committee, the entry will be removed from the parade.
  • The parade committee reserves the right to reject any entry forms.
  • The parade route will begin at Second & Hart Streets, then travel south to Seventh & Hart; Seventh to Main Street, past the reviewing stand at the Olde Gimbel Corner of Second & Main, then proceed on Main Street to First Street before turning north on First Street to Broadway.

***First-Place Trophies in the categories of commercial, non-commercial, performing, marching unit, color guard & the Mayors’ Choice are being donated by the Vincennes V.F.W. Post 1157.

 

Spirit of ’76 Award Winner is Announced…Reception to Immediately Follow the Parade at the Harmony Society

The Vincennes Fourth of July committee is proud to award the 2015 “Spirit of ‘76” honor to Mr. Carroll Hamner.  Vincennes Mayor Joe Yochum says: “The dedication and commitment Carroll has shown to this community truly exemplifies the ‘Spirit of ‘76’!”  Mayor Yochum added: “The July 4th parade wouldn’t be complete without the traditional ‘Uncle Sam’ (a.k.a. Carroll Hamner) waving to, smiling at and greeting spectators all along the July 4th parade route every year.  His volunteer spirit and considerable philanthropy has been making Vincennes and Knox County a better place to live for many years.”

As stated in the qualifications to receive this award, Hamner’s gifts of his time, talent, energy and resources include his leadership in 50 years of service to the Vincennes Civitan Club and his 28 years of organizing Civitan members from throughout the state to help present track and field event awards at the Special Olympic Summer Games at Indiana State University.   In one letter of recommendation, it was noted that “Since arriving in Vincennes in 1965, Hamner has been a leader in multiple community service organizations.  For more than 30 years, he has chaired the Vincennes University Society program, the Annual Fund gift organization, where he personally has enrolled more than 250 donors-a record high”.

In 2004, Hamner was the recipient of a “Lifetime Achievement Award” from the Association of Fundraising Professionals Indiana Chapter.  He was recognized for his “outstanding achievements and voluntary contributions of time, talent, and treasure than have made a significant difference to the quality of life in Indiana.” In addition to his service to Vincennes University and Civitan, Hamner has also held top leadership positions with the Knox County Relay For Life, Knox County Association for Retarded Citizens, Salvation Army, YMCA, St. John’s Lutheran Church, United Way of Knox County, Knox County American Red Cross, Vincennes Chamber of Commerce, Knox Count on Aging, Twin Rivers Vocational Training Board, Special Olympics and Community Steering Committee for Riley Hospital for Children.

Presentation of the plaque and a reception will take place immediately following the July 4th Parade at the Harmony Society, 111 North Second Street in Vincennes.

July 4th Weekend Holiday Collection Site & Recycling Schedule

In observance of the Fourth of July Federal Holiday, the City Collection site will be closed this Friday, July 3rd and Saturday July 4th. The Vincennes City Street & Sanitation Department will not collect recycling materials this Friday, July 3rd, but it will be picked up on the following Friday, July 10th.

Three Blocks of North Second Street is Now One-Way Traffic

As part of the overall construction project, North Second Street is now a one-way street southbound from Buntin Street to Main Street.  Busseron Street, Broadway Street and Buntin Street are closed between 3rd Street and 2nd Street, except for local traffic.

Northbound traffic on 2nd Street is being detoured down Patrick Henry Drive to 1st Street.   Motorists are being directed back to 2nd Street at Hart Street.  As construction continues, Perry Street and Seminary Street will be closed in a similar manner.  Businesses along both sides of 2nd St. will still be accessible to patrons.

This traffic pattern is expected to continue from 6 to 8 weeks.  For more information, please call City Engineer, John Sprague at 812-882-4357.

Neighborhood Watch Meetings Next Monday, July 6th

The Vincennes City Police Department invites all local residents to attend the monthly “Neighborhood Watch” meetings.  In an effort to reduce crime, the VPD conducts regular “Neighborhood Watch” meetings on the first Monday of each month in two different locations at two separate times.

Residents are encouraged to attend the “Neighborhood Watch” meetings at 5:30 p.m. on the first Monday of each month at the Jamestown Apartments.  Another opportunity to meet and express desires and concerns is during the 7:00 meeting on the same evening in the City Council Chambers of Vincennes City Hall, 201 Vigo Street.

City Police Chief Dusty Luking describes these meetings as excellent opportunities for Vincennes residents to get together as “Neighbors” to exchange experiences and ideas for the betterment of their communities.  With your help as extra “eyes and ears”, the Police Department welcomes information and input from all community citizens.

Chief Luking has appointed Officer Kody Waggoner as the “Vincennes Neighborhood Watch Program Coordinator.  If you have any questions, please call the VPD Headquarters at 882-1630.

Main Street Gas Line Replacement is from 15th to 6th Street

Vectren Energy is continuing with their pipeline replacement project on Main Street from 6th Street to 15th Street. Traffic will often be reduced to one lane and directed by flagging operations.

There may be periodic short term closures as well. Work in this area is expected to be completed in approximately 4 months.

Local residents and businesses will be contacted by Vectren directly. Parking will also be restricted on one side of the street for various amounts of time.

Please use caution when in these areas and thank you for your patience. If you have questions or would like more information, please call City Engineer, John Sprague at 812-882-4357.

Riverfront Pavilion Rental Agreement & Instructions

 

Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion

Rental Agreement

Name of event____________________________________

Date of event _________________     Arrival________ Departure________

Contact person____________________________________

Group/organization name __________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone number (s) _________________________________

1)  Reservations for the Vincennes Riverfront Pavilion must be made through the Mayor’s office.  Events at the Pavilion must be approved by the City Board of Works before the Mayor’s office staff will reserve the date and time.  The Board of Works meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5 p.m. and the rental permission must be requested to be placed on the agenda by noon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.  Call 882-7285.

2) For events that are not open to the public and will last 6 hours or more (full day), there is a $200.00 rental fee with an additional $250.00 refundable damage deposit.  For events lasting less than 6 hours (1/2 day) the fee is $100.00 with a $150.00 refundable damage deposit. All checks should be made payable to the City ofVincennes.  Rental fees and damage deposits are due no less than 30 days before the event or at the time of Board of Works approval if the event is within than 30 days.

3) A Certificate of Liability Insurance, with the City of Vincennes listed as “additional insured”, with a minimum of $1 Million ($1,000,000.00) in coverage, must be presented to the Mayor’s office 30 days prior to the event for the approval of the City’s insurance carrier.

4) The Board of Works reserves the right to refuse use of the Pavilion at their discretion.

5) All trash is the responsibility of the person or organization using the facility.  Trash must be removed from the Pavilion at the end of the event and disposed of properly.

6) Smoke effects, explosives, or pyrotechnics/fireworks are not permitted in the building.

7) Nothing may be attached to any part of the facility that would leave permanent damage such as nails or pins

8) Protected candles or oil lamps are permitted, however open fires (fire pit or chimineas) are strictly prohibited.

9)  The garden and grounds of the Old State Bank are not included in the Pavilion rental.  To request use of those facilities, contact the State Historic Sites Office at 1-812-882-7472.

10) Any permits or licenses necessary for the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of the person or group reserving the Pavilion.

11) Inspection of the Pavilion will be done at 7:30 a.m. the day following the event.  The damage deposit will be returned provided that the Pavillion and rest rooms are left in a clean and undamaged condition. If the picnic tables are moved for the event, they must be returned to the original location by the person, group or organization that is using the Pavilion.

12) If the condition of the Pavilion is such that the damage deposit will not be returned, the renter will be notified, by letter, of the reason why such action was taken.

13)  The Pavilion is to be vacated by the stated departure time.  Please allow time for cleanup.  If departure time exceeds more than 30 minutes, the damage deposit will be forfeited.

14) If city staff is called out for assistance in any event other than a true emergency, before 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m. by any person, group or organization, a $50.00 per hour fee will be charged with a $50.00 minimum.

15) The city stage is not available for private use and must have the Mayor’s office written permission for use in any public event.

The undersigned, either individually or as an authorized representative of a group or organization does hereby acknowledge that he/she has read the above agreement and hereby agrees to the terms of said agreement.

______________________________                            ________

Printed name                                                                    Date

_____________________________

Signature

Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________

Street Banner Request & Placement Policy

ACCORDING TO THE BOARD OF WORKS RESOLUTION 1-2015:

(1) Requests for each banner location…whether on North 2nd Street; College Avenue; Hart Street or Washington Avenue…are to to be no longer than for a two-week time-period.

(2) Requests for these locations should occur no sooner than three months prior to the scheduled event.

(3) Requests for banners are subject to the Mayor’s office calendar availability and with the proper stipulation that proper insurance requirement is secured

(4) Requests to have banners hung will be secured at regular Board of Public Works and Safety meetings with requests secured on the Wednesday prior to the next regularly-scheduled meeting date.

For more information, please call the Mayor’s office at 882-7285.

 

Old Gimbel Corner Use Agreement & Instructions

Old Gimbel Corner

Use Agreement

 Name of event____________________________________

Date of event _____  Arrival Time_____ Departure Time _____

Contact person______________________

Group/organization name ___________________________

Address _________________________________________

Phone number (s) _________________________________

1) Reservations for use of the Old Gimbel Corner must be made through the Mayor’s office. All events on the Old Gimbel Corner must be approved by the City Board of Works before the Mayor’s office staff will reserve the date and time. The Board of Works meets the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month at 5 p.m. and the request must be placed on the agenda by noon the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

2) For events that will last 6 hours or more (including set-up & take-down time), there is a $250.00 refundable damage deposit required. For events lasting less than 6 hours, (including set-up & take-down time) a $150.00 refundable damage deposit is required. All checks should be made payable to the City of Vincennes. Damage deposits are due no less than 30 days before the event or at the time of Board of Works approval if the event is within than 30 days.

3) A Certificate of Liability Insurance, with the City of Vincennes listed as “additional insured”, with a minimum of $1 Million ($1,000,000.00) in coverage, must be presented to the Mayor’s office 30 days prior to the event for the approval of the City’s insurance carrier.

4) The Board of Works reserves the right to refuse use of this property at their discretion.

5) All trash removal is the responsibility of the person or organization using the location. Trash must be removed from the Old Gimbel Corner at the end of the event and disposed of properly.

7) Smoke effects, explosives, or pyrotechnics/fireworks are prohibited on this property.

8) All materials and/or equipment desired to be placed on the Old Gimbel Corner property for any event must be made known to the Board of Works members at the time of the request.

10) Nothing may be attached to or placed on any part of this property that would cause permanent damage.

11) Protected candles or oil lamps are permitted, however open fires in fire pits or other structures are strictly prohibited.

12) Any permits or licenses necessary for the sale or consumption of alcoholic beverages are the responsibility of the person or group reserving the Old Gimbel Corner.

13) Inspection of the Old Gimbel Corner will be done at 7:30 a.m. the day following the event. The damage deposit will be returned provided that this property is left in a clean and undamaged manner.

14) If the condition of the Old Gimbel Corner is such that the damage deposit will not be returned, the renter will be notified, by letter, of the reason why such action was taken.

15) The Old Gimbel Corner is to be vacated by the stated departure time. Please allow time for cleanup. If departure time exceeds more than 30 minutes, the damage deposit will be forfeited.

16) If city staff is called out for assistance in any event other than a true emergency, before 7 a.m. or after 4 p.m. by any person, group or organization, a $50.00 per hour fee will be charged with a $50.00 minimum.

The undersigned, either individually or as an authorized representative of a group or organization does hereby acknowledge that he/she has read the above agreement and hereby agrees to the terms of said agreement.

______________________________            _______________

Printed name                                                                 Date

 

______________________________

Signature

Date event approved by Board of Works _______________________