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Downtown Fun on the Fourth in Indianapolis

Indiana War Memorial Museum

Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast Festival is scheduled for July 4 at the Indiana War Memorial Museum. AroundIndy.com staff photo, (c) 2010, all rights reserved.

By Taylor Newell
Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.
http://indydt.com/

Downtown is Close to Perfect for the holiday!

There’s more than just a great fireworks show Downtown – everyone can take advantage of the great food, festivals and fun taking place all day on the Fourth! Check out the Indianapolis Indians July 4 & 5, Flights of Fancy presented by Citizens Energy Group at the Indianapolis Zoo, the Hot Wheels for Real! exhibit at The Children’s Museum 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 www.indydt.com/eventsearch.cfm.

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. Wednesday, July 4! The show will be synchronized to music broadcast on radio stations Country 97.1 HANK FM, 93.1 WIBC, 1070 the Fan and B105.7. Bring the entire family Downtown for food, music and fun that lasts all week long. See full details below.

July 4

Indiana War Memorial

  • Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks. There will be plenty of activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. to keep your entire family entertained as well as Donatos pizza, ice cream, soda and beer available for purchase (cash only). Stop by the Indianapolis Colts stage featuring live music from the JesterKings and a military dedication ceremony. Colts in Motion, a 42’ traveling Colts museum, will also be onsite.  Kids’ activities will include face painting, carnival games and inflatables. Be sure to stop by the Rolls Royce military area to talk with members of various branches of the military and take part in the fun. Visit http://myindytoday.com/ for more info.

White River State Park

  • 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 Steel Ponies exhibit, featuring one of Evil Knievel’s bikes and a chopper made on the show American Choppers. For more information visit http://www.eiteljorg.org/.
  • July 4 & 5, take the family out to the ballgame and see the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field! Fireworks are included after the July 4 game against the Louisville Bats. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game to enjoy the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast! Get your tickets today at indyindians.com or call 317-269-3545.

Around Downtown

  • FREE Concerts on the Canal series continues July 4 at the Indiana History Center from 5 – 9:30 p.m. Hear the Indianapolis Municipal Band play patriotic tunes and marches, and rock from The Impalas. The Terrace is a great place to watch the city’s fireworks! Reserved seating is available: Tables for four are $35; $30 for IHS members. Tables for eight are $45; $40 for IHS members.  Single seats at a community table are available for $8, $7 for members. Call 317-232-1882 for more details or log on to indianahistory.org.
  • Get ready for the Ice Cream Social at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site! Ice cream from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., patriotic enactors and live music make this the perfect July 4 family celebration. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and FREE for children four and under.  Call 317-631-1888 or check presidentbenjaminharrison.org.
  • 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 firecracker6.com.
  • Don’t miss the 11th Annual Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at the Fountain Square Theatre Building. 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 317-686-6010, ext. 2 for tickets or visit fountainsquareindy.com/events.asp for more information.
  • Party Independence Day away at the Rathskeller Biergarten’s July 4 celebration! Enjoy live music featuring A Silent Film  7 – 7:45 p.m. and Zanna Doo from 8 – 11 p.m. Stay for a great view of the Downtown fireworks. Call 317-636-0396 to make reservations today! Log on to rathskeller.com for more details.
  • Creation Café will be serving up BBQ and featuring live music with an excellent view of the fireworks Downtown. $30 for adults, $15 for kids up to 12 (3 & under are FREE). For more information visit www.creationcafeandeuphoria.com or call 317-955-2289.
  • The Veterans Appreciation Day Benefit Concert is taking place at Denison Parking at 36 S. Pennsylvania St. from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Celebrate this fete of the Fourth with four bars, four bands, $4 drafts and $4 parking at 31 S. Meridian St. Loo Abby, Next Degree, Max Allen Band and Something Rather Naughty will be performing. Call 317-633-4003 for more information.

July 1

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 presidentbenjaminharrison.org or call 317-631-1888 for more details.

July 5

  • The Indiana Fever take on the San Antonio Silver Stars Thursday, July 5 at 7 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. For tickets, go to www.wnba.com/fever/tickets.

July 6

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. 

Prepare:

  • 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.

Park:

  • 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.
  • In honor of Independence Day, parking meters will be FREE Wednesday, July 4. Parking meters are always FREE after 9 p.m. Monday – Saturday and all day Sunday.  Otherwise, meter rates are $1.50/hour with a two-hour limit on weekdays before 5 p.m. and four-hour limit weekdays after 5 p.m. and all day Saturday. Meter hours are 7 a.m. – 9 p.m.
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