America. The land of blue jeans, apple pie, baseball, Beyoncé, and deep fried everything. Sounds like an accurate representation, right? It is time to celebrate our country once again by sending off lots of fireworks and, of course, dressing in our flashiest red, white, and blue.
We at F.C. Tucker are excited to celebrate this 4th of July so we decided to put together a list of all the fireworks shows around Indy. Below we have listed the events, locations, and times when the fireworks will be set off. Please check each event’s website for more specific details.
- IPL Downtown Freedom Fest (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Indiana War Memorial
Perhaps the quintessential downtown fireworks experience on this list, Freedom Fest is the perfect way to celebrate this 4th of July. Freedom Fest is filled with live music, delicious food, numerous local artisans, and engaging kids’ activities.
- Party on the Plaza (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Indianapolis City Market
Who does not like visiting City Market? That’s what I thought. Why not then spend your fourth of July with mouth-watering food, lawn chairs, downtown fireworks and City Market? Tickets are required and prices do vary.
- Independence Day Fireworks with the Indianapolis Indians (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Victory Field
What is more American than baseball and fireworks? The Indianapolis Indians game is the perfect way to celebrate the 4th because it combines both. There you get 2 fireworks shows, one from after the game and one from downtown.
- Fourth of July Ole! (July 4, 10:00 PM) – St. Mary Catholic Church
St. Mary Catholic Church is hosting a zesty fireworks viewing party. Their event features delicious Mexican and central American food and even a Zumba Dance exhibition. There will also be mimes and a stilt walker!
- Westfield Rocks the 4th (July 4, dusk) – Grand Park
Ever heard of Grand Park – that giant multi-sport complex in Westfield? This year, the city of Westfield decided to move its 4th of July celebration to Grand Park. Again, fireworks and sports make for a very American evening!
- Blast on the Bridge (July 4, TBA) – Geist Reservoir
What is more beautiful than seeing reflections of fireworks in water? I think the people of Geist agree with me! That is why they created Blast on the Bridge, a perfect way to use their watery environment for the best fireworks show ever.
- Star Spangled Symphony (July 4, Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture) – Conner Prairie
The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra always ends their 4th of July performances with Tchaikovsky’s 1812 overture and, of course, fireworks. Multiple performances of their patriotic pieces can be seen throughout the week (July 1-4).
- Lawrence 4th Fest (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Community Park
The City of Lawrence has many exciting things happening around the fourth of July. In fact, their whole celebration spans from June 28-July 7. There are multiple events such as a baseball skills clinic and even a carnival!
- Noblesville Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Festival (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Noblesville High School
The Noblesville Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks Festival is certainly a festive way to spend this 4th of July. There are various events throughout the day, so be sure to check out their website for specifics.
- July 4th Celebration (July 4, dusk) – Lions Park
This 4th of July Celebration is the second largest fundraiser for the Lions Club all year. Attendees can enjoy live entertainment, great food and activities for kids. Though the event is free, there is a suggested $5 donation for parking.
- CarmelFest 2018 – (July 4th, 9:45 PM) – City Center
This two-day celebration from July 3-4, is very much a 4th of July tradition for many Carmel residents. There is plenty of food, fun, and merriment to be had by all!
- Spark! Fishers (June 29-30, 10:00 PM) – Nickel Plate District
This 4th of July Celebration is sure to be exciting! Fishers celebrates in style with a street fair at 11:00 AM and a parade at 7:00 PM. This event is replacing the previous 4th of July celebration, the Fishers Freedom Festival.
- Lights Over Morse Lake (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Community Park
Given that Morse Lake is hosting a 5-day celebration all about the 4th of July starting on the 30th, I would say they take the 4th of July quite seriously. Be sure to check out their page for all the various events throughout the celebration.
- Boone County Fourth of July (July 4th, 10:00 PM) – Memorial Park
Similarly, Boone County has a multi-day fourth of July celebration, with activities from June 29 through July 7. Its 4th of July celebrations include a golf cart decorating contest. So yeah, they win the most American activity award.
- Greenwood Freedom Festival (June 30, 10:15 PM) – Craig Park
Greenwood Freedom Festival draws more than 50,000 people each year. There are over 200 booths in the festival and there is even a parade. Quite the hip and happening place!
- Franklin Firecracker Festival (July 3, 10:10 PM) – Indiana Masonic Home Circle
Franklin’s Firecracker Festival is quite competitive in the fact that there is a “Fastest Kid in Town Race.” If running is not your thing, there are also bounce houses, train rides, food vendors, a beer garden, and the Blue River Band!
- Shelby County Fair (July 4, dusk)– Shelby County Fairgrounds
Shelby County has the good fortune of having both its County Fair and 4th of July celebrations at the same time. If you want to see fireworks and a 4-H Goat show, this is definitely the place for you!
- Mooresville Fireworks Celebration (July 4, dusk) – Pioneer Park
I must say, there is no other celebration on this list that has an aquatic center and zip line as a part of the celebration. If that was not enough, the American flag will arrive at the Fireworks Celebration, “via sky diver at approximately 7:30 pm.”
- 2018 Family 4th Fest (July 4, 10:00 PM) – Danville Community High School
What could be better than, “a fun evening of games, food, music, and great fireworks.” It seems like Danville has all the makings of a fantastic 4th of July celebration and they know it.
- Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza (July 4, 9:55 PM) – Plainfield
Plainfield clearly loves the fourth of July because they say that their extravaganza is, “one of the best fireworks celebrations in Indiana.” Go on over to Plainfield this year to check it out for yourself!
- 4th of July Extravaganza (July 4, dusk) – Arbuckle Acres Park, Brownsburg
It seems that “extravaganza” was quite the popular word this year to describe 4th of July celebrations. If you did not get enough extravaganza-ness from the Plainfield celebration, head on over to Brownsburg next!
- Fourth of July (July 4, dusk) – Greenfield
Last, but certainly not least, just when you thought that many of these celebrations seemed similar, Greenfield decided to throw in a Pie Eating contest. I think we can all agree that a pie eating contest is quintessentially American.
Talking about these patriotic celebrations really makes you want to listen to some good patriotic tunes. To give you some inspiration for your patriotic celebration, here is one of my favorites:
“Oh beautiful for spacious skies, for amber waves of grain, for purple mountain majesties, above the fruited plain! America! America! God shed His grace on thee, and crown thy good with brotherhood from sea to shining sea.” — America the Beautiful