It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about July 4th, but the date is fast approaching. How does your family plan to celebrate the occasion? You may opt for a backyard BBQ and DIY fireworks display. However, if you decide to go the more professional route, Indy offers plenty of opportunities to get your fireworks fix (and from a safer distance!):
Fishers Freedom Festival: June 27-28; Roy Holland Park. Activities include food and local business vendors, kid’s games, live music, parades, and fireworks. This is a free event but with a charitable spin, encouraging “participants to donate canned foods, baby food, nonperishable goods, disposable diapers, cleaning supplies, school supplies and/or toiletries, new toys, games, books and puzzles. Items will go to local pantries that service Fishers as well as the Festival’s “Roy G. Holland Backpacks for Kids” program.”
Greenwood Freedom Festival: July 27. Kick off at noon with a parade beginning and ending in the parking lot of Greenwood Middle School. Continue the fun in Craig Park with nearly 200 booths offering everything from food to face painting, crafts and games. Local breweries and Mallow Run Winery offer libations, while several stages house a line-up of local acts.
CarmelFest: July 3-4; Carmel Civic Square. Attend this two day festival of live entertainment, KidZone, & food vendors. Kick off the 4th early at 8:00 a.m. with the Freedom Run, a 4.5 mi run/walk starting at Carmel High School; then grab a chair and relax post-run to take in the parade at 10:30. Wrap up the day with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:45, synchronized to music on 91.3 FM.
Zionsville: July 4; Lions Park. The 2nd largest fundraiser for Lions Park, this event starts at 5 p.m. and continues until fireworks begin at dusk. A $5 donation is request for parking. In the event of rain, the festivities will take place July 5. Come out and enjoy good food and live music for a good cause.
Downtown Indianapolis: July 4. Bring the family downtown for the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, held on the Indiana War Memorial Grounds from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Indy’s largest fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. from the Regions Tower, located on the Circle. This one draws a large crowd, so allow plenty of time for parking and walking.
Or if you’re like me and have little ones who are asleep before the sun goes down, celebrate your independence by watching the fireworks in Boston or NY…from your couch that is. No traffic, no crowds. Just you, a glass of wine, feet propped up, and Stars and Stripes Forever. Happy Birthday, America!