Downtown Indy the place to be for 4th of July weekend

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(PRESS RELEASE – June 23, 2014) – You’ll find plenty to do in downtown Indianapolis for the Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Here are recommendations from Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.:

There’s more than just a great fireworks show Downtown: take advantage of great food, festivals and music taking place Fourth of July weekend. Check out the Indianapolis Indians, listen to live music at the Rathskeller Biergarten, participate in a six mile run/walk and more.

Thursday, July 3

Judge Sarah Evans Barker will preside over the Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens at 10 a.m. at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site. Admission to the ceremony is FREE.

The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra celebrates America’s birthday with A Musical Salute to America, which includes Shenandoah, the Finale from Overture to William Tell, America the Beautiful and more. Bring your lunch and join the ISO for this Lunch Break Series July 3 at 12:15 p.m. Tickets are just $5.

Friday, July 4

Watch as Indy’s largest fireworks display lights up the skyline during theDonatos Downtown Freedom Blast, shooting from the top of the Region’s Bank Tower beginning at 10 p.m.The show will be synchronized to patriotic and popular music broadcasted on radio stations 97.1 HANK FM, B105.7 or 93.1 WIBC.

Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks at the Indiana War Memorial grounds. There will be plenty of activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. to keep your entire family entertained as well as Donatos pizza, chips, cookies and soda for purchase.

Enjoy national acts, local bands, sponsors/vendor tents, a kid’s area and more during Georgia Street’s INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer from 2 – 10 p.m. General admission is $20.

Celebrate the holiday while enjoying drink specials, Kilroys’ famous stuffed breadsticks, live music and more at Howl at the Moon‘s Red, White and Brew Bash from noon – 10 p.m. on the east block of Georgia Street. All ages are welcome.

Taste Latino food all while watching fireworks, playing Texas poker, listening to live music and watching Celtic Irish dancers. 4th of July ¡Ole! takes place at St. Mary Catholic Church from 3 – 11 p.m. There will be giant inflatables and games for kids.

Embrace America’s favorite pastime at Victory Field. The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game to enjoy the Downtown fireworks.

Enjoy live patriotic music during Indiana Historical Society’s Concert on the Canal series. The Indianapolis Municipal Band will play from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and King James and the Verses will play from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Reserve a table on the Terrace or bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hill across the Canal.

Catch the band 8 Miles High playing classic rock during the Zoolapalooza concert series at the Indianapolis Zoo. Sit back and enjoy music from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. or stroll around the Zoo (both the animals and rides are available until 7 p.m.). Zoolapalooza concerts are included with regular Zoo admission and are free to Zoo members.

Starting at 6:30 p.m., crowds will gather on Mass Ave for IndyFringe’s Fourth of July Picnic. Guests can sit at one long dining table and eat Jug’s fried chicken and biscuits while enjoying great views of downtown’s fireworks display. Bring the family: kids can enjoy games, arts and crafts, strolling magicians and musicians. Tickets costs $20 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for kids age five and under and $40 for a family pass (two adults and two children).

Don’t miss the13th Annual Rooftop 4th of July Celebrationat the Fountain Square Theatre from 7 – 10 p.m. Enjoy dinner from the End of the Line Public House and a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks from the Rooftop Garden. Tickets are $75. Also in Fountain Square, bring the entire family to the Fountain Square Music Festival, featuring nine local, regional and national bands with members hailing from Indiana. The festival kicks off at noon and tickets are $7.

Starting at 8 p.m., listen to the tunes of Rusted Root as they play on the outdoor stage at Old National Centre, followed by the spectacular downtown firework display from one of Indy’s best viewing locations. Tickets are $10 and also grant you admission the First Friday Food Truck Festival starting at 5 p.m.

Party Independence Day away at the Rathskeller Biergarten’s Fourth of July Weekend. Enjoy live music July 3 from Brave Combo, on July 4 from Wild Adriatic and Zanna Doo and on July 5 from The Black Cadillacs and The Elect.

Take a six-mile tour of some of the best sites and destinations in Downtown Indianapolis during the Firecracker 6 Run/Walk. Start and finish the race at the Indianapolis City Market. Following the run/walk, stay for a post-race celebration including food, music and prizes.

Saturday, July 5

Some of the city’s most unique restaurants come together for a one-day festival on the Canal. The 3rd annual Taste of Indy blends great food with live local music and family-friendly events. The festival kicks off at 10 a.m. and includes Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food.