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What’s Happening in Downtown Indy on the 4th of July

What’s happening on Wednesday, July 4 in Downtown Indianapolis. Indianapolis Downtown Inc. sent a list of things going on in the city that evening, including the Donato’s Downtown Freedom Blast, the city’s awesome fireworks display.

Indiana War Memorial

  • There are plenty of promised activities, starting at 6:30 pm, including Donato’s pizza, ice cream, beer and pop. The Indianapolis Colts stage with live music from the JesterKings and a military dedication ceremony. The Colts in Motion traveling Colts museum will be there. Kids’ activities will include face painting, carnival games and inflatables. Visit more info.

    Indianapolis Fireworks

    Indianapolis fireworks

White River State Park

  • The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art will have free admission to the museum, with the Steel Ponies exhibit, including one of Evel Knievel’s bikes, and a chopper from the show American Choppers.
  • Catch some baseball (<em>sorry</em>) with the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field on July 4th and 5th. Fireworks are included after Wednesday’s game against the bats, and then you have a great seat for the city’s fireworks display afterward.

Around Downtown

  • There are free Concerts on the Canal at the Indiana History Center from 5:00 – 9:30 pm. The Indianapolis Municipal Band will play patriotic tunes, and The Impalas will rock the place. Reserved seating is available, and necessary. Tables for 4 are $35, or $30 if you’re an IHS member. Tables for 8 are $45, or $40 for members. You can also get a single seat at a community table for $8, $7 for members.
  • Visit the Ice Cream Social at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm. There are patriotic enactors and live music. Tickets are $12, $5 for students, and free for children 4 and under.
  • There’s also the  11th Annual Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at the Fountain Square Theatre Building. You can dine at the End of the Line Public House, and catch the downtown fireworks (not literally) from the Rooftop Garden. Tickets are $70 per person, and you have to be 21 and older.
  • Rathskeller’s Biergarten will have live music from A Silent Film from 7:00 – 7:45, and Zanna Doo from 8:00 – 11:00, with a closeup view of the Downtown fireworks.
  • You can get BBQ and live music at the Creation Café, $30 for adults, $15 for kids 4 – 12, and kids 3 and under are free.
  • Finally, catch the Veterans Appreciation Day Benefit Concert at Denison Parking at 36 S. Pennsylvania St. from 6:30 – 9:30 pm (near Scotty’s Brewhouse). They’ll have four bars, four bands, $4 drafts, and $4 parking (I’m sensing a pattern here) at 31 S. Meridian St. Loo Abby, Next Degree, Max Allen Band and Something Rather Naughty will be performing.


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