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Tentative dates set for Heritage Days 2021

Posted: Friday, January 8, 2021

Tentative dates for Heritage Days 2021 have been announced. The ’70s: 200 Years of Freedom is scheduled for Wednesday, June 16 through Sunday, June 20. Huntington along with the nation celebrated our country’s 200th birthday, and 200 years since the signing of the Declaration of Independence in the ’70s. Those living in that decade looked forward to the 1976 Bicentennial celebration when festivities were well planned for the remembrance of July 4, 1776.

The steering committee of Heritage Days is working toward the festivities celebrating Huntington’s 57th Heritage Days, which will be held at locations throughout the community. No guarantees are being made that the celebration will go on, but the committee is hopeful that Heritage Days will be able to take place. Last year’s sponsor of Heritage Days, Duke Energy, has agreed to continue as sponsor for 2021. Heritage Days 2020 was canceled due to the pandemic.

The ’70s were filled with many changes and trends that had a positive and interesting impact on the life of Huntingtonians. A commemorative historical handbook celebrating Huntington’s Centennial in 1973, showed 90 well-diversified industries, 14 public schools, a newspaper, radio station, six parks, 28 churches, three financial institutions, Jefferson Park Mall and Huntington Plaza shopping center with 22 retail outlets.

The Heritage Days Parade will be held Saturday, June 19 beginning at 10 a.m. The theme can be carried through on parade entries in the form of representations of the 1970’s or a throwback to 1776. Patriotic displays are encouraged and the official colors will be red, white and blue. Those entering floats in the parade are also encouraged to select one of the events of the 1970’s and create their parade entry accordingly. Examples include: the Huntington Centennial, Huntington University and the Merillat contributions, Huntington Memorial Hospital, the Erie Railroad, the First Forks of the Wabash Pioneer Festival, Dan Quayle, J. Edward Roush, the Blizzard of ’78 and more!

Heritage Days are coordinated by a Steering Committee of the Huntington County Chamber of Commerce. For more information contact the Chamber at (260) 356-5300 or visit the website at www.huntingtoncountychamber.com.