4th of July Weekend in Downtown Indianapolis, 2016
By Amanda Dorman
Downtown Indy, Inc.
Downtown is the place to be for the holiday weekend. There’s more than just a great fireworks show. Take advantage of fantastic food, festivals and music taking place Fourth of July weekend. Watch the Indianapolis Indians, listen to live music on the Canal, participate in a six-mile run/walk and more.
Friday, July 1
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.
Sit back and enjoy live music at the Indianapolis Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. for Zoolapalooza concert series. Enjoy music from Dave & Rae, “Backyard BBQ” food stations, a full bar and kid’s activities or stroll around the Zoo (both the animals and rides are available until 7 p.m.). Concerts are included with regular Zoo admission and are free to Zoo members.
Watch a film outside in the Indianapolis Museum of Art amphitheater as part of their Summer Nights Film Series. Starting at dusk, the IMA will screen Remember the Titans. Moviegoers are encouraged to don their favorite team jersey or ’70s attire and compete for the best score in a combine challenge and play football trivia. Arrive early for interactive pre-show programming and to play Mini Golf. Tickets are $8 for members and $12 for public.
Howl at the Moon is hosting a Red, White & Brew Bash on July 1 – 4 starting at 7 p.m. each night. Expect games, prizes and drink specials, plus an America themed buffet on Sunday and Monday. Attendees wearing red, white and blue can attend for no cover charge.
At 8 p.m., the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform a one-night only concert at the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park. Star Spangled Symphony will highlight patriotic favorites including America the Beautiful and God Bless America and conclude with a fireworks show. Tickets are $30 in advance; $35 day of; $10 for children 3 – 12.
Saturday, July 2
The 4th annual INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer is a two-day music festival taking place July 2 – 3 from 2 – 10 p.m. each day on Pan Am Plaza. The event will feature several national music acts, food trucks and vendors. The Saturday lineup includes: Charlie Breeze, Sirius Blvck, Breakdown Kings, Audiodacity, Coastl, The Lost Kings, Mike Stud and Ludacris. General admission tickets are $20 in advance for Saturday’s event and $50 in advance for Sunday’s event. Two-day tickets general admission tickets and pit tickets are also available. This event benefits Riley Hospital for Children and St. Francis Patient Assist Fund.
Some of the city’s most unique restaurants come together for a one-day festival on the Monument Circle. Taste of Indy blends great food with live local music and family-friendly events. The festival takes places from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and includes Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food. Tickets are $6 in advance; $8 day of; and FREE for kids six and under.
Flat12 Bierwerks is hosting Red, White & Brew Independence Day Celebration – a backyard-style party from noon – 8 p.m. complete with beer, live music from Big Foot Yancey, lawn games and an 18” Hoagie & Hops eating contest. Attendees can participate in a “Most American in America” contest: the most outrageous red, white and blue get-up, wins a prize. This event is 21+ and FREE to attend.
Sunday, July 3
The second day of the INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer continues with an all-star lineup of Standout Story, Veseria, Brother O’ Brother, Moxxie, Kongos, Blue October & Awolnation.
Monday, July 4
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 at 10 p.m. The show will be synchronized to patriotic and popular music broadcasted on radio stations 97.1 HANK FM, Soft Rock B105.7, 93.1 WIBC and 1070 The Fan. Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks at the Indiana War Memorial grounds. Kids can enjoy face painting, bounce houses, games and more beginning at 6:30 p.m. Donatos pizza, ice cream, soda and other snacks will be available for purchase.
Take a six-mile tour of some of the best sites and destinations in Downtown Indy during the Firecracker 6 Run/Walk. Wear patriotic colors and participate in the 6-mile run/walk or the 6k run/walk. This run starts at 8 a.m. at City Market and benefits Hoosiers Helping Heroes. Tickets are $30 – $35 in advance or $40 race day.
Runners and bikers can participate in the Circle City Biathlon at 7:30 a.m. The race starts at Tow Yard Brewing and consists of a 5k run followed by a 10-mile bike (or athletes can participate in just the 5k run). Following the 5K, participants get a free beer from Tow Yard Brewing to start the celebrations. Tickets are $55 for the full biathlon or $40 for the 5k.
Bring the family to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site for the Independence Day Social from 1 – 4 p.m. for antique games, entertainment and ice cream. Adults can take a tour of the first floor of the home complete with historic enactors and kids can participate in crafts. This event is free to attend.
Enjoy Latino and American food, music and entertainment, a kid’s area and open market and great views of the Downtown fireworks at 4th of July ¡Ole! at St. Mary Catholic Church from 3 – 11 p.m. Admission to the festival is free.
During a special edition of Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series, hear the Indianapolis Municipal Band from 5 – 6:15 p.m. and Tad Robinson from 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. Bring your own chair or blanket and sit on the grassy hill across the Canal for free or for an added cost reserve a table on the Terrace. After the concert, attendees can view the fireworks from the History Center parking lot or along the Canal Walk.
Embrace America’s favorite pastime at Victory Field. The Indianapolis Indians take on the Louisville Bats at 6:05 p.m. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game for two fireworks shows – the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast and the Indians’ own fireworks show. Indians players and coaches will wear a special Stars & Stripes jersey that will be auctioned off during the game. Tickets are $12 – $18 or $38 for the Cove.
Starting at 7 p.m., crowds will gather on Mass Ave for IndyFringe’s Fourth of July Picnic. Guests can sit at one long dining table and eat Jug’s fried chicken and biscuits while enjoying great views of Downtown’s fireworks display. Bring the family: kids can enjoy games, arts and crafts, strolling magicians and musicians. Tickets are $20; $12 for students; $15 for seniors; $5 for children 3 – 5; and $50 for a family of four. UPDATE 6/18/2016: THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED BY THE CITY OF INDIANAPOLIS.
Celebrate the holiday while enjoying rooftop views! Fountain Square Theatre Building’s Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at 7 p.m. includes a four-course BBQ dinner from End of the Line Public House, drinks and duckpin bowling, plus a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks. Must be 21+. Tickets are $75.
Bring the family to Party on the Plaza at the Indianapolis City Market from 7 – 11 p.m. Watch the Downtown fireworks from one of the best spots Downtown, while playing corn hole, lawn checkers, sidewalk chalk and more. Enjoy local food and drinks along with live music and free kid’s activities. Dogs are welcome! Bring your own chair or blanket (no outside food or drink allowed). Admission is $6 ($10 for two); $4 seniors; FREE kids 12 & younger.
Starting at 7 p.m., enjoy live music at the Rathskeller Biergarten. The Doo! performs from 7 – 11 p.m. Bonus: Biergarten offers a great view of the Downtown fireworks. This event is 21+ and there is a $5 cover charge.
For more information, call 317-237-2222.