July 4th, 2011: Indianapolis Celebrates Independence

The Fourth of July is upon Indianapolis once more. Many Hoosiers will celebrate the holiday with friends, family, barbecues and sparklers. Other Indianapolis people search for Fourth of July celebrations around town.  Indianapolis downtown comes to life this Monday, July 4, 2011 with Indianapolis attractions and Indianapolis events to celebrate the United States Independence Day.

Special Events

Florence and the Machine

Florence and the Machine rocks out at the Lawn at White River State Park. This British rock band blends punk and pop for a raw, outrageous sound. They have taken over American airwaves, and plan to make a splash this Independence Day in an Indianapolis music event of the year.

Firecracker 6

Take a tour of Indianapolis downtown in this six mile run/walk. Sponsored by Hoosiers Helping Heroes, this run/walk raises funds and awareness for their ongoing mission to provide deployed troops a sense of community and connection while away from home. Don your most patriotic sports wear, and tour the streets of Indianapolis downtown. This annual Indianapolis event is also intended to remind us of our shared history. Honor the birth of a nation and the creation of the State of Indiana as you enjoy the sights of Indianapolis downtown. Registration begins Saturday, July 2. The Firecracker 6 begins with registration at 6:00 am and the run at 8:00 am. Learn more by visiting the Firecracker 6 website.

President Benjamin Harrison Home Ice Cream Social

Every year the President Benjamin Harrison Home sponsors a July 4th Ice Cream Social. This Indianapolis event is great for Indianapolis kids and their families. This circus themed ice cream social introduces visitors to a Victorian Circus on the Presidential lawn. Mix and mingle with circus actors like the famous silt walking Uncle Sam. Admission includes a tour of former home of the 23rd President of the United States and on sight enactors, bring Indianapolis history to life.

Kids can also attend a one-day circus camp, where they will learn to juggle, walk a tight rope or balance a spinning plate. After you show down on some ice cream, visit with Thomas Jefferson at the Plews Shadley Racher and Braun Declaration Depot. He might just ask you to pick out a quill and sign your name to the Declaration of Independence.

Admission to this Indianapolis event is $10 for member adults, $12 for non member adults, $4 for member students, $5 for non member students and children under four are admitted for free. Learn more at the President Benjamin Harrison Home’s website.

Ongoing Events Open on the Fourth

Indiana Historical Society: Concerts on the Canal

The Indiana Historical Society’s Concerts on the Canal series continues with a special Indianapolis music event on July 4, 2011. Pack a picnic and head to the Indianapolis Canal Walk in the hear of downtown to an evening of patriotic music and marches from Municipal Band and New Orleans rhythm and blues and boogie woogie from Craig Brenner and the Crawdads.

Cozy up on the bank of the canal across from the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace at the History Center with a homemade picnic or reserve a table on the terrace. Single seats are $10 or $9 for IHS members. Tables of four are $35 or $30 for IHS members, and tables of eight are $45 or $40 for IHS members. If you go for the table reservation, enjoy dinner from the outdoor grill and cash bar by Hoaglin To Go.

Plus, the Indiana Historical Society will be open for FREE to the public all day on the Fourth of July. Take a peak at their Indiana Experience exhibit from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm all day. More information at the Indiana Historical Society website.

Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art: Red/Black Exhibit

The Eiteljorg Museum will be open on Monday, July 4 to share their latest exhibit Red/Black: Related Through History with the Indianapolis public. This stunning exhibition features an in depth look at the relationship between Native Americans and African Americans through history. Plus, beginning at 4:30 pm, the Eiteljorg Museum presents the Canal Family Fest. Enjoy games, crafts, music and artist demonstrations on the DeHaan Family Terrace. Dine on delicious barbecue from the Sky City Cafe, and stick around for stunning views of the downtown fireworks display.

Rathskeller Biergarten’s July 4th Celebration

Head to the Rathskeller Restaurant in the Indianapolis cultural district Mass Ave for German brews and food on July 4th. The Independence Day party at the Biergarten features live music from two Indianapolis bands: The Connect and Zanna Doo. Try the saurkraut balls and wash it down with a jumbo hefeweizen. And stick around for a great view of the downtown fireworks display.

Indianapolis Indians: Victory Field for Independence

Nothing says America more than a baseball game. Watch the Indianapolis Indians take on the Toledo Mudhens at Victory Field across from White River State Park in Indianapolis downtown. The game begins at 6:05 pm. Tickets are $10 for lawn seats and $15 for box seats. Enjoy a cold beer and a decked out hot dog or pack a cooler of your own snacks. After the game, stick around for wonderful views of the fireworks display downtown.

Regions Bank Freedom Blast

The Regions Bank building is a notable part of the beautiful Indianapolis skyline every day. Each year, the Regions Bank building becomes that much more noticeable to Indianapolis people as the sight of the Regions Bank Freedom Blast. Watch as a spectacular display of fireworks are shot off over downtown from the roof of this Indianapolis business. The display begins at 9:45 pm and can be seen miles away from downtown. Find a spot in the Circle City where the skyline is visible and enjoy a free display of fireworks to celebrate the Fourth of July.

Indianapolis On the Fourth

With so much going on this coming Monday, July 4 it can be difficult to decide how to spend your holiday. No matter what you do, spending quality time with loved ones is key. Whether you cook out at home or grab dinner and drinks from any of these Indianapolis restaurants or Indianapolis bars, the Fourth of July is about relaxing. Stay tuned to for all the latest on fun things to do in Indianapolis. We cover Indianapolis arts to Indianapolis sports and everything in between. Get out in Indy and find some fun!