Rain or shine, it’s still summertime in Indianapolis, and that’s a wonderful thing. Whether you’re interested in seeing anything from fireworks to orchids, you’ll find something in Indy well worth experiencing this Independence Day holiday, July 3 and 4, 2011.
Glance through Fun City Finder‘s collection of Indianapolis things to do below, to kick-start your summer juices. For more options, just start clicking away at the many links at the bottom of this page.
Things to Do in Indianapolis July 3-4, 2011
|Days of the Dead – Culminating today, July 3, this is the go-to destination for Hoosier horror fanatics, a festival to keep you up late for many, many nights to come.
Through July 3, 2011
Wyndham Indianapolis West
|Bike It – This Indianapolis charity event raises funds for the Prostate Cancer Foundation and sends a fond nod to Lawrence H. Shelby at the same time. Take a family bike ride, then enjoy live Indianapolis music, a car show, vendors and children’s activities.
July 3, 2011; 8:00 am
Redman Park, Westfield, Indiana
Ride starts at the US 31 and State Road 32 intersection
|Rock and Roll BBQ – Victory Field is the site of a super-sized block party in busy downtown Indianapolis for the Independence Day weekend. What’s special about this inaugural Indianapolis event is the great R&R from some of the best in the Indianapolis music community.
Through July 3, 2011; 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
Tickets: $4 – $8, children 7 and under free
|Fireworks and Parades in outlying communities – Many Indianapolis suburbs are staging July 4 festivities, from true festivals to carnivals and fireworks:
Avon, Indiana – Hendricks County Rib Fest, 5:00 pm; fireworks at 10:00 pm; Washington Township Park
Brownsburg, Indiana – July 4 Parade, 10:00 am from Brownsburg High to Arbuckle Acres Park; Carnival and then fireworks thereafter, around dusk.
Carmel, Indiana – Carmelfest 2011: July 3 & 4, 2011; tons of fun for kids of all ages, ending with fireworks on the Carmel Civic Square at 9:45 pm.
Fishers, Indiana – Centered around the beautiful Geist Reservoir, revelers will enjoy sky divers, a boat parade, food, music and fireworks; 5:30 pm – 11:00 pm
Noblesville, Indiana – Here’s a good old neighborhood parade and fireworks at the Noblesville High School, with abundant activities for kids; 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Plainfield, Indiana – Plainfield’s popular July 4 Extravaganza offers a festival by day and a symphony and fireworks by night at Hummel Park; 5:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Westfield, Indiana “Rocks the 4th” – This is a huge celebration at Asa Bales Park, with everything a festival needs and more, especially fireworks; 4:00 pm – 10:00 pm
|Freedom Blast Fireworks – Did you know that the largest display of fireworks in all of Indiana will happen in the center of the Circle City this July 4th? If you have any kind of view of the spectacular Indianapolis skyline, you should be able to see the display.
July 4, 2011; 9:45 pm
Regions Bank Building
|Glorious Fourth at Conner Prairie – Spend Independence Day immersed in the foundation of the prairie! So much to enjoy, from a Fireworks Balloon Voyage to a barn dancing to feasting to fireworks. In charming Fishers, Indiana.
July 4, 2011; 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
Conner Prairie Interactive History Park
Admission: $9 – $14
|Concerts on the Canal – The dedicated Indiana Historical Society, guardians of Indiana‘s pioneer spirit and heritage, presents these summer concerts every summer along the beautiful White River Canal.
July 4 through August 11, 2011
White River Canal Walk at the Indiana Historical Society
|Quilt Gardens Tour – A nice day trip from Indianapolis would be a visit north of the Circle City to Elkhart County. There you’ll discover nearly 20 magnificent quilt gardens on the Heritage Trail in Amish County. Take your whole clan, and don’t forget the camera!
Through October 1, 2011
Various locales in Elkhart County
|Concerts at the Palladium – Pick a star, practically any star. You’ll always remember seeing them at the beautiful Center for the Performing Arts in the upscale North Indianapolis suburb of Carmel, Indiana.
July 10, 13, 17 & 27, 2011
Tickets: $45 – $120
|Ice Cream Social – Every Independence Day, take your Indianapolis children to the Harrison Home in the Circle City to enjoy ice cream and check out an authentic Victorian Circus, right there on the lawn of the facility.
July 4, 2011
President Benjamin Harrison Home
Tickets: $4 – $12
|OMG! Orchids – Inside one of the premier attractions in Indianapolis, lucky Hoosiers will find a stunning collection of exotic orchids all summer long. Your entry fee includes admission to the White River Gardens and the Indianapolis Zoo, more fun things to do in Indianapolis.
Through October 30, 2011
Tickets: $10.25 – $15.25
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