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Posted on: June 27, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Independence Day, Field of Flight closures, service changes set

Several colorful hot air balloons inflating with their trucks nearby

Road closures, office closures, and service changes are in place for this year’s Independence Day holiday and the Field of Flight Air Show and Balloon Festival.

City offices are closed Tuesday, July 4 in observance of the holiday. Buildings are open regular hours Monday, July 3, and the rest of the week after the 4th.

Battle Creek Transit services are canceled on July 4, resuming regular schedules on Wednesday, July 5. Republic Services is closed on July 4, so city customer curbside pickup is delayed one day for Tuesday through Friday customers next week.

Due to the holiday and Field of Flight event, Battle Creek Police fingerprint services are canceled on June 29, July 4, and July 6. Regular service hours will resume on Tuesday, July 11. Police offer fingerprint services at the station from 2-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Field of Flight is set for June 29 through July 4 at the Battle Creek Executive Airport. For a full schedule and more event information, visit fieldofflight.com. 

The following closures reference through traffic. That means you can drive through only if you are going to access the festival, or a home or business in that area.

Thursday, June 29 – 3:30-11 p.m.

  • Festival parking opens at 4 p.m.
  • Helmer closed to through traffic from Columbia to Dickman – look for detour information posted at Goguac Street, Columbia/Helmer, Helmer/Territorial, Dickman/Helmer

Friday, June 30 – 2:30-11 p.m.

  • Helmer closed to through traffic from Columbia to Dickman – look for detour information posted at Goguac Street, Columbia/Helmer, Helmer/Territorial, Dickman/Helmer

Saturday, July 1 – 6:45-9 a.m. – Battle Creek Half-Marathon

  • Festival parking opens at 10 a.m.
  • Helmer closed to through traffic from Columbia to Dickman – look for detour information posted at Goguac Street, Columbia/Helmer, Helmer/Territorial, Dickman/Helmer
  • Closures at the start/finish area at 6th Avenue and 28th Street
  • Police will temporarily stop traffic for runners crossing Columbia Avenue at South 24th Street
  • Watch for police and runners along the race route, which includes the numbered streets on the north side of Columbia, and streets off of 24th on the south side of Columbia

Saturday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 4 – 10:30 p.m.-midnight – fireworks shows

  • Helmer closed from Columbia to Dickman
  • No eastbound traffic on Columbia from Stone Jug to Helmer
  • Police will direct traffic from each airport parking gate – please follow that direction
  • Be prepared for traffic delays around the airport until fireworks traffic clears

Saturday, July 1 to Tuesday, July 4 – 9:30 a.m.-11 p.m.

  • Helmer closed to through traffic from Columbia to Dickman – look for detour information posted at Goguac Street, Columbia/Helmer, Helmer/Territorial, Dickman/Helmer

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