Fourth of July holiday weekend events

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By Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

There’s more than just a great fireworks show Downtown; everyone can take advantage of great food, festivals and fun taking place July 1 – 7! Check out the Indianapolis Indians July 4, Butterfly Kaleidoscope presented by Citizens Energy Group at the Indianapolis Zoo, Avatar: The Exhibition at The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis and more! Take in the city surroundings while dining at one of Downtown’s many outdoor dining options. Spend the afternoon at White River State Park with a Segway tour or relaxing gondola or pedal boat ride on the Canal. For a complete calendar of events, call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317.237.2222 or search online at

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Thursday, July 4

  • Watch as Indy’s largest fireworks display lights up the skyline during the Donatos 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 (cash only) to curb your appetiteStop by the Indianapolis Colts stage featuring live music from the band Lemon Wheel and visit the Indiana Craft Beer Garden and taste great beer from six different breweries. The AAA Insurance Military area will be open to salute Indiana Soldiers and kids have a special area at the Royal Pin Leisure Centers Kids Area. Visit 
  • Celebrate Independence Day and support a great cause on Georgia Street at the first IndyPendence Day Street Festival Concert for Cancer. The concert will benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Saint Francis Hospital Patient Assistance Fund. Local bands and nationally-known bands like Puddle of Mud, Sick Puppies, Hoobastank, Lit and Alien Ant Farm will perform from 1 – 10 p.m. Presale tickets are $20. For more information, visit
  • On July 4 embrace America’s favorite pastime at Victory Field! The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 and every fan receives a rally towel! Fans are encouraged to stay after the game to enjoy the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast. Get your tickets today at or call 269.3545.
  • Celebrate Independence Day at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art with FREE admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  See the Guitars! Roundups to Rockers exhibit, featuring more than 100 guitars from famous rock legends such as Jimi Hendrix, Kurt Cobain, Roy Rogers and more! For more information visit
  • Celebrate Indiana’s history with the kids at the Indiana History Center Thursday with FREE admission to Museum Nights on the Canal from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Young and old can enjoy the Indiana Experience, activities and face painting!  Kevin Stonerock brings history to life as “Billy Yank” by recreating the experiences of an Indiana Union soldier at 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Then from 5 – 9:30 p.m., head to the Stardust Terrace for the FREE Concerts on the Canal series featuring the Kruse Family, patriotic tunes from the Indianapolis Municipal Band and hits from the 60s and 70s by Peace Train. Reserved seating is available. Downtown fireworks can be viewed from the History Center’s parking lot following the concerts. Call 232.1882 for more details or log on to
  • Celebrate the World’s Fair at the Benjamin Harrison’s Presidential Site for the 38th Annual 4th of July Ice Cream Social 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for BHPS members, $6 for students and FREE for children four and under. Admission includes Blue Bell ice cream, belly dancing performances and lessons by the Midwest Bellydancing Superstars, music from the White River Jazz Band and much more! Children can enjoy the REI Real Estate Services Kid’s Tent featuring crafts, face painting and Mass Ave Toys’ Dream Big Building Station! Call 631.1888 or visit
  • Take a six-mile tour of Indianapolis in the Firecracker 6 run/walk. Spend the day supporting Hoosiers Helping Heroes by participating in the family friendly event. Finish the race at the Indianapolis City Market for a post-race celebration including food, music and prizes! Register for the event at
  • Don’t miss the 12th Annual Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at the Fountain Square Theatre. Guests can enjoy dinner from the End of the Line Public House and a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks from the Rooftop Garden. The celebration will be from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 per guest (not including tax & gratuity) and all guests must be 21 years or older. Call 686.6010, ext. 2 for tickets or visit for more information.
  • Party Independence Day away at the Rathskeller Biergarten’s Fourth of July Weekend! Enjoy live music featuring Zanna Doo from 7 – 11 p.m. and enjoy a great view of the Downtown fireworks. Call 636.0396 to make reservations today or visit for live performances all weekend long.
  • Creation Café is hosting the sixth annual July 4th Bash in the Basin from 6 – 10 p.m. Enjoy an all-American buffet dinner, fun family activities, live music and a great view of the Downtown fireworks show! Reservations are required and tickets are $25 for adults, $12 for kids up to 12; 3 & under are FREE. For more information visit or call 955.2289 ext. 2. 
  • CityWay Concert Series will have live entertainment by The Farewell Drifters from 8 – 9:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to come early and picnic on the plaza starting at 7 p.m. and enjoy the Downtown fireworks show after. For more information call 554-6731. 
  • Join in on the fun during a special Fourth of July Parade and Picnic in Lockerbie Square! Meet at East and Vermont streets at 6 p.m. and follow a horse patrol for a special Lockerbie parade. Afterwards, stop by the James Whitcomb Riley Home west lawn for a picnic. Guests are asked to bring a side dish according to their last name. Don’t forget to bring your own blankets and folding chairs! For more information, visit

Monday, July 1

  • As Indianapolis hosts more than 15,000 visitors for the 139th Annual Imperial Session of Shriners International, Indy-area residents are invited to see the world’s largest Shriner’s Parade featuring bands, clowns, floats and more from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Downtown. Visit for route.
    • Support the Indianapolis Indians as they take on the Louisville Bats at 7:05 p.m. at Victory Field. Come hungry and enjoy the Monday Dollar Menu featuring hot dogs, peanuts, Cracker jacks, chips and popcorn all for $1. For tickets, visit


Wednesday, July 3

  • The Honorable 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.  Visit


Friday, July 5

  • Keep the good times going at the Friday Block Party on Georgia Street presented by the Arts Council of Indianapolis Be INDYpendent. Live music by Cynthia Lane kicks off from 5 – 8 p.m. Cool off with a cold beer in the Bud Light Boardwalk Beer Garden. For more information, visit
  •  The Indianapolis Zoo will be hosting the Zoolapalooza Concert Series from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. featuring live music by Jennie Devoe. Enjoy tasty treats, like strawberry shortcake, and check out zoo animals until 7 p.m. For more information, visit


Saturday, July 6

  • Don’t miss out on the second annual Taste of Indianapolis on the Canal from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.! For $5, you can enjoy different dishes from the city’s most unique restaurants, live music and events for the entire family.
  • Sun King Brewery is turning four. Celebrate from 4 – 10 p.m. Saturday! The birthday party will feature live music, Indy’s best food trucks and of course, beer! Sun King will be releasing its highly anticipated seasonal beer, Grapefruit Jungle I.P.A. This event is expected to sell out so snag your tickets online for $15 at or at Sun King for the discounted price of $12.
  • Visit the 14th annual National Guard Association of Indiana’s Car Show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Indiana War Memorial. Register your car, truck or motorcycle to be in the show online or come admire the different vehicles.
  • Cap off your day with the 2012 WNBA Champion Indiana Fever game against the Connecticut Sun at 7 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For tickets, visit

Sunday, July 7


Downtown Parking and Traveling Tips:

Everyone can find parking, arrive at their destination on time and enjoy all the excitement if a few simple tips are followed. 


  • Plan your driving and walking route into and through Downtown ahead of time.
  • Use interstates to travel to and from Downtown.
  • Enter Downtown from the side you plan to park on.
  • Allow plenty of extra travel time to Downtown.
  • Travel through Downtown will be limited to streets away from the core area.
  • Relax during peak exit times.
  • Wear comfortable shoes, park and enjoy the walk.
  • Carpool or use IndyGo if possible.


  • Downtown parking is abundant.  There are more than 72,500 parking spaces Downtown.
  • Check out Downtown maps with attraction and parking information.  Print out the map and bring it with you.
  • Select a couple of parking alternatives before you leave home.
  • Plan to use a garage or lot. Most meters near event sites are restricted during this time.
  • Many Downtown parking meters accept cash and credit cards.
  • Some parking facilities and lots may not be open to the public.

Due to the July 4 holiday, parking meters will be FREE Thursday, July 4. Parking meters are always FREE after 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday.  Otherwise, most Downtown meter hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m. with rates of $1.50/hour.  There is a three -hour limit weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday. Meter hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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