Anderson Symphony Orchestra, Community Leaders and Hoosier Park Combine Efforts for Independence Day Celebration

Anderson, Ind.; – June 27, 2012– Thousands are expected to enjoy the new Anderson and Madison County area Independence Day celebration at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino Wednesday, July 4 beginning at 5 p.m.  The community celebration, labeled ‘Fire It Up on the 4th’, is a result of a combined effort among a group of community businesses and leaders, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra (ASO) and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino.  The event, open to all ages and free to the public, will include a special performance of patriotic music by the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, live Standardbred racing, family fun games, outdoor dining and a grand finale fireworks presentation.


Fire It Up on the 4th will be hosted in the extended Hoosier Park outdoor music center. With a capacity for up to 15,000 people, the Hoosier Park outdoor venue was chosen to accommodate this ever-growing community event.  The family friendly atmosphere will include designated family parking and entrances to accommodate all guests.


The Anderson Symphony Orchestra, led by Music Director Rick Sowers, will perform a patriotic themed 55 minute set with added classic rock hits to entertain the crowd.  The orchestra is scheduled to begin playing at 9:20 p.m., with the fireworks following at 10:15 p.m. Live Racing will begin at its regularly scheduled post of 5:30 p.m. The Fire It Up on the 4th celebration has been generously supported by local sponsors Pay Less/Kroger Super Markets, Ed Martin Anderson Automall, The Herald Bulletin and Hudson Rentals.


The 2012 Fire It Up on the 4th Committee is made up of the following community leaders, businesses and organizations:

  • Rick Sowers, Music Director, Anderson Symphony Orchestra
  • Dana Stone, Executive Director, Anderson Symphony Orchestra
  • Marissa Skaggs, Community Volunteer, Anderson Symphony Orchestra
  • Tom Bannon, Executive Director, Anderson/Madison County Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Paula Bivens, Copy Chief, The Herald Bulletin
  • Grant Scharton, Director of Public Relations, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino
  • Becky Young, Director of Marketing, Hoosier Park Racing & Casino


“Feedback from the ASO musicians has been overwhelmingly positive.  They are enthused about performing at Hoosier Park with a top-of-the-line sound system, covered stage, and fantastic lighting. It will add so much to the concert this community knows and loves.” said Rick Sowers, Anderson Symphony Orchestra’s music director. “Expect a fantastic evening with patriotic favorites from Stars and Stripes Forever, America the Beautiful and The 1812 Overture to the popular hits of the Beetles and Beach Boys.”


“Hoosier Park is truly honored to be a part of the community Independence Day celebration.” said Grant Scharton, Hoosier Park’s director of public relations. “Our outdoor venue will have everything to make this Anderson and Madison County community tradition an event families will continue to enjoy.”


Chairs, picnic tables and dining outlets will be made available throughout the venue for convenience. Outside food and drinks will be prohibited. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for additional comfort.

About the Anderson Symphony Orchestra: The Anderson Symphony Orchestra was organized in 1967 by leaders at Anderson University, with its very first performance made up largely of volunteers from the local community. Now 44 seasons later, the ASO is a proud assemblage of professional musicians, who for the most part, earn their living in the music arts.  Maestro Richard Sowers has conducted the Symphony since 1989.  The organization was incorporated in 1978 is a registered 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. 

About Hoosier Park Racing & Casino: Hoosier Park Racing & Casino was recently ranked as the Indianapolis Area’s Most Popular Attraction for the second year in a row by the Indianapolis Business Journal and holds multiple awards from industry publications for customer service, entertainment, gaming and dining. Hoosier Park Racing & Casino, a fully integrated gaming and racing facility, features 2,000 of the latest slots and electronic table games and a 7/8 mile oval horse track offering live and simulcast Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing each year.  Simulcast wagering is also offered year-round at the Winner’s Circle Pub, Grille & OTB in Indianapolis and two off-track betting properties located in Fort Wayne and Merrillville, Indiana.

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