Lights Over Morse Lake: Little Cicero’s Big Huge Annual Celebration

One of the favorite things to do in Indianapolis‘ greater suburban neighborhoods is attend the annual Lights Over Morse Lake event in Cicero, Indiana. Cicero is about fifteen miles north of Indianapolis. A pleasant, fast-growing Indianapolis suburb, it makes a great place to either hang your hat or visit, especially during this special annual festival.

Little Cicero’s big huge celebration lasts for three days over the Independence Day holiday every year and draws thousands from all over Central Indiana. This is a perennial favorite destination to see 4th of July fireworks, which explode above the still waters of Morse Lake on the final night, providing the traditional grand finale.

See the Fireworks Train, the Boat Flotilla, some live entertainment and the 4th of July fireworks for Lights Over Morse Lake in this 6-1/2 minute video about the fun greater Indianapolis event in outlying Cicero.


Cicero is hard to reach by plane or bus from Indy, but during the Lights Over Morse Lake party the Noblesville, Indiana Transportation Museum goes into cahoots with Cicero to provide unique, easy transportation via the 4th of July Fireworks Train. The Fireworks Train runs back and forth on round-trip jaunts from July 2nd through July 4th, when the festival comes to its sparkling end.

Besides the incredible fireworks display, Cicero also puts on many other special events designed to thrill and delight greater Indianapolis children of all ages, such as a carnival, live music and a fabulous hot-air balloon display, all lit up at night. See the chart below for brief descriptions of these extra special events that make Lights Over Morse Lake  a top thing to do in Cicero and greater Indianapolis.

Lights Over Morse Lake Events

The gorgeous Balloon Glow event lights up the night sky above Cicero Christan Church, giving visitors a taste of what’s to come in the way of celestial bedazzlement. Hot air balloons are lit up and shown off by serious balloonists who come from all over the Midwest just for this occasion.
The Annual Boat Flotilla brings out tons of boat-owners and fans who decorate their boats for July 4th contest on Morse Lake. There is no fee to enter and prizes are awarded.
The festival offers an inspiring Civil War and Pioneer Village experience on the third and fourth of July. Visit authentic replicas of Civil War encampments and see what it was really like during that auspicious time.
The annual Fireworks Show fills the heavens over Morse Lake for the big finale to an unforgettable annual festival. Everybody gathers on the lawns to ooo and ahh together over the magnificent display.
The special Fireworks Train takes visitors between Indianapolis and Cicero for continuous round trips throughout the three-day 4th of July holiday, with many stops along the way. Not only is it practical, it’s fun, too.
The Fish Fry at Cicero’s Methodist Church is a traditional part of the opening day activities. It runs from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. There’s nothing like fresh fish right out of the water!
The Kids’ Carnival is a wonderful part of the Lights Over Morse Lake festivities, entertaining bunches of Central Indiana kids from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on July 3rd and 4th.
The Music Festival presents live entertainment throughout the Lights Over Morse Lake festival. The big deal is the talent show, featuring some of Cicero’s most talented and outgoing entertainers. You’ll hear anything from washboards and ukeleles to popular Indianapolis music groups.
The big 4th of July parade is one of the best parts of Lights Over Morse Lake, with tons of colorful entries from decorative floats to special guests like the Colts Cheerleaders.

Along with all the above goings-on, dozens of craft and food vendors from Cicero restaurants and beyond offer their wares at several parks in Cicero for the Lights Over Morse Lake festival every year. It takes innumerable volunteers eleven months of planning to pull off this popular Cicero event and, according to everybody who participates, it’s all well worth it.

Lights Over Morse Lake
July 2, 3 and 4 every year
Cicero, Indiana

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