Celebrate the Fourth of July in Indy

Fourth of July in Indy 

Whether you're a Circle City local or looking for a fun, new way to experience the Fourth, Indy has everything you need for a spark-tacular Independence Day. We've laid out some of the best ways to enjoy your Fourth of July weekend. All you have to do is make sure you're wearing your red, white, and blue and are ready for a good time. 

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Best Places to See the Sky Light Up

Downtown Fireworks 

Fireworks Downtown IndyA not-to-miss Fourth of July event takes place right downtown. Launched from atop the 500 North Meridian office building at 10 pm, the 21-minute show will be synced to popular patriotic and themed music aired on local Emmis Communications radio stations B105.7 and 97.1 Hank FM. The best place to catch the action? The grounds of the Indiana War Memorial. 


Victory Field 

Victory Field Fireworks What's more American than fireworks at the ballpark? On July 4, the Indianapolis Indians square off against the Iowa Cubs - all in a patriotic spirit. Then, catch the epic fireworks display after the game. Even if you can't catch the Indianapolis Indians game at 6:15 pm, you can still snag a spot in White River State Park to see this first spectaular fireworks display. Fireworks begin after the game. 


Star Spangled Symphony - Conner Prairie

Star Spangled Symphony - Connor Prairie This patriotic concert series from the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra is a four-day event, including the Fourth of July. Bring a blanket for a spot on the lawn, or reserve a table to expereince the music. Either way, you'll be serenaded by the energetic performances and humbled by the stupdendous fireworks display. 


Starting the Day Off Right 

There's a lot of action to be had before the much-awaited fireworks. Take advantage of the entire holiday with a few of these daytime activities. 

Independence Day Social Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site 

Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Fourth of July

Visit the home of one of America's presidents - and Indiana's only president. The Independence Day Social at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site is a family-friendly event, filled with games, crafts, live music, and first floor tours of this historic mansion. Best of all - it's completely free. Ice cream and drinks are available for purchase.


Glorious Fourth - Conner Prairie

Glorious Fourth - Conner Prairie. Two reenactors hold an American flag dressed in 1830s costumes. Celebrate America's birthday like they did in 1836 at Conner Prairie's Prairetown. Special activities, like unique contests and patriotic presentations, are perfect for the whole family. You can even test out your American history with a quiz in the historic schoolhouse. At the end of the day, guests gather together for lemonade and toasts in honor of Independence Day. 


Red, White, and Blueberry Festival - Mallow Run Winery

Four people sip wine at Mallow Run WineryCelebrate America with the annual release of Mallow Run's blueberry wine and cider, plus live music, food trucks, and fun! This three-day event wraps up on Sunday, July 4, with a family-friendly outdoor concert at one of Indiana's most picturesque wineries. 


Indy Attraction Pass

A collage of 8 Indy AttractionsTake a spin around the Circle City with the Indy Attraction Pass. For one low price, you can spend your 4th of July weekend visiting up to eight of Indy's top cultural attractions. Have a converstaion with Eva Kor at the Indiana Historical Society, get a glimpse of life in the 1830s at Conner Prairie, or marvel at the spectacle of the Borg-Warner Trophy at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum. With so many attractions located in or around White River State Park, you can spend the afternoon enjoying the summer breeze as you wait for the dazzling fireworks. 


Celebrate America's Heritage

With the largest collection of war memorials in the country behind Washington, DC, Indy is the prime spot to honor our patriotic past. These iconic structures are the perfect backdrop to your Fourth of July activities. Check out all the memorials and monuments Indy has to offer here


Freedom to Enjoy the Party

For the 21+ crowd, here are some of the best ways to party like it's 1776.


Red, White, and Brew Party - Howl at the Moon

Come for the brews, stay for the party! Howl at the Moon is celebrating America’s birthday the best way we know how: with a non-stop live show and all the drinks. 


4th of July Celebration at The Rathskeller

Rathskeller evening

Dance the night away with this Fourth of July's musical guest at The Rathskeller, Dream Slice. Grab a bite and a beer, then stay for the fireworks.


Big Gay Fourth, 80s Edition - The Park at the Phoenix

Get ready to have a fabulous fourth with music, drag, and fireworks! Held in the new outdoor venue, The Park at the Phoenix, this event will feature a DJ, drag show, and a downtown fireworks watch party. 


Stock Up on the Grub 

Nothing says Fourth of July like the perfect picnic basket. Here are some of our favorite places to fill you up throughout the day. 

  • Leviathan Bakehouse - (pictured top left) Just north of Mass Ave, this artisinal bakery specializes in high quality baked goods such as croissants, sourdough breads, pastries, baguettes, and elegant desserts. 
  • Love Handle - (pictured bottom left) Speciality sandwiches and small plates are a the best way to fuel up for the day. 
  • Cafe Patachou - (pictured top right) An American brunch made with local ingredients is a great way to celebrate Independence Day.  
  • Shapiro's Delicatessen - (pictured bottom right) One of Indy's favorite Kosher-style delicatessens, right in the heart of downtown.
  • Fresco Italian Cafe on the Canal - Filling and wholesome woodfired pizzas and lighter Italian fare. Hang around the area to watch the fireworks.

Something Sweet Throughout the Day 

These are some of our favorite ice cream shops to cool off this Fourth of July.

  • Gordon's Millkshake Bar - (pictured left) Gourmet milkshakes in classic and unique flavors, sundaes, root beer floats! It's all at Gordon's Milkshake Bar.  
  • Nicey Frozen Treats - (pictured top right) Fresh, creamy popsicles in a variety of flavors, with a walk-up window in the heart of Fletcher Place. 
  • Liftoff Creamery - (pictured bottom right) Herron Morton neighborhood's LiftOff Creamery offers at least 20 flavors of ice cream at a time. 
  • Sub Zero Ice Cream & Yogurt - Sub Zero uses liquid nitrogen to instantly freeze a custom ice cream. Each serving is made fresh upon order, and takes only seconds to make. 
  • South Bend Chocolate Company - Right in the heart of downtown Indy, South Bend Chocolate Company is the perfect spot for a pick-me-up throughout the day. 
  • Kilwins Mass Ave - Stroll down Mass Ave with a cone or dish from Kilwins, offering all your ice cream favorites from sundaes, chocolates, candies, and more.