July 4th is the biggest celebration of the summer, and it’s right around the corner! That means it’s time to start making your plans for a fun and festive July 4th in Indianapolis. Luckily, there are tons of fun celebrations going on throughout the city, from downtown Indianapolis’ famous fireworks display to historic reenactments and plenty of live music. To help you get started, we’ve put together a short list highlighting some of the best July 4th events going on in Indianapolis this year.
The biggest fireworks show, Downtown Freedom Blast, can be seen from the Indiana War Memorial grounds late into the night. Fireworks will be launched from the Regions Bank Tower at 10 PM. You can tune your radio to B105.7, 97.1 Hank FM, or 93.1 WIBC for the official fireworks soundtrack.
Celebrate Independence Day with a live music performance by the Indianapolis Municipal Band, from 6-8 PM (weather permitting) as part of the Concerts on the Canal series. Bring a blanket and enjoy free admission for the grassy areas, or reserve a table for $30-$50 (reservations required). Please note that fireworks will not be visible from the concert location.
Bring the whole family down to the former home of Benjamin Harrison, America’s Hoosier President, for a fun-filled day of vintage games like hoops and graces or croquet, arts & crafts projects for kids, and historic tours of the home (complete with historic enactors).
Watch the fireworks sparkle from the waterways while enjoying a gorgeous view of the city. During the day, White River State Park offers families a variety of fun activities, including the Dogs: Faithful and True exhibit, art making and live music at the Eiteljorg Museum and the Butterfly Kaleidoscope experience at the Hilbert Conservatory.
Enjoy incredible music for a great cause at the 5th Annual INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer. This two-day music festival features international and local acts including 311, New Politics, and The Skints, along with fireworks, food trucks, games, giveaways, vendors, and more. Tickets are $35 and proceeds benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation and the St. Francis Patient Assistance Fund.
If you are looking for an adults-only July 4th celebration, head over to the Metazoa Brewing Company for a July 4th Block Party from 2 PM – Midnight. There will be an outdoor stage with live bands including Busty & The Bass, the Michigan Rattlers, and Audiodacity. There will also be specialty beer tapping all day long, festival food, and more. The brewery is also the perfect setting to watch the downtown fireworks display. Ages 21+ only. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 the day of the event.
Stay at our Downtown Hotel in Indianapolis
If you are planning an Independence Day visit to Indy, be sure to reserve your stay in advance at the Marriott Indianapolis Downtown. We are ideally located in the heart of downtown, and just steps from popular attractions like the Indianapolis Zoo, White River State Park and Eiteljorg Museum, and Lucas Oil Stadium. You’ll also enjoy our newly renovated rooms, featuring modern décor, HDTVs, and complimentary coffee among other generous perks.
We also offer delicious dining options including the upscale culinary experiences at Circle City Bar & Grille as well as the fun atmosphere and American comfort food at Champion’s Sports Bar & Grill, which also features 28 TVs with live sports action. So make this July 4th one to remember with an unforgettable stay at one of the top-rated downtown hotels in Indianapolis.