Downtown is the place to be for all the holiday week fun. There’s more than just a great fireworks show. Take advantage of fantastic food, festivals and music taking place Fourth of July week. Watch the Indianapolis Indians, listen to live music on the Canal, party on the Plaza and more.
Friday, June 29
Sit back and enjoy live music at the Indianapolis Zoo from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. during the Zoolapalooza concert series. Enjoy music from Groove Essential, “Americana” food stations, a full bar and kid’s activities. Stroll around the Zoo (both the animals and rides are available until 7 p.m.) Concerts are included with regular Zoo admission.
Watch a film outside at Newfields’ amphitheater as part of the Summer Nights Film Series. Starting at dusk, the classic mystery movie, A Shot in the Dark, will play on the big screen. Bring the whole family and a picnic for a unique summer experience. Tickets are $12; $8 for members.
Catch the Indiana Fever play Phoenix Mercury at 7 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. New this season, kids 14 and under eat free every Friday and Saturday. The first 1,000 kids receive a hot dog, chips, drink and a chance to shoot a free throw after the game. Tickets start at $13.
Saturday, June 30
The Annual Taste of Indy blends the city’s most unique restaurants with an exhibition of the city’s best live local music, with events and activities for the entire family on Monument Circle. The festival takes places from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. and includes Asian, Soul, Greek, Mediterranean, Cajun, Hispanic and American food. Tickets are $8; FREE for kids 6 and younger.
Celebrate Independence Day with friends, family and lots of wags. Head to NIFS June 30 from 9:30 a.m. – noon for Wag n’ Walk; walk starts at 10:30 a.m. $18 registration includes a dog bandana and swag or $15 for participant only. Enter your dog for several contests including red, white & blue costume. All proceeds benefit Paws & Think, Inc. Dogs will also be on site for adoption.
Take part in the Hoagies & Hops Hoagie-eating contest on Monument Circle to satisfy your hunger while helping Hoosier Vets. The winner of the contest will win a free 18-inch sandwich every month for one year. Every participant gets a shirt.
Sunday, July 1
Celebrate the Sunday before Independence Day by supporting the Indiana Fever against Atlanta Dream at 5 p.m. at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Wednesday, July 4
Watch as Indy’s largest fireworks display lights up the skyline during the IPL Downtown Freedom Fest, 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 or 93.1 WIBC. Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks at the Indiana War Memorial grounds. Starting at 6:30 p.m., enjoy live entertainment from the Indianapolis Colts Stage, family fun in the Royal Pin Leisure Centers Kids Area or support local businesses in the Indiana Originals Marketplace.
Embrace America’s favorite pastime at Victory Field. The Indianapolis Indianstake on Louisville July 4 & 5 with special promotions each day. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game July 4 for two fireworks shows – the IPL Downtown Freedom Fest and the Indians' own fireworks show. The first 14,200 fans will receive rally towels. Tickets start at $11 or $40 for the Cove.
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 Team RWB. Tickets are $30 – $35 in advance or $40 race day.
Enjoy free live music Under the Sails at the Eiteljorg Museum. Hear Heartstone Crossing from 6 – 8 p.m. and check out the Reel West and other unique exhibits from 5 – 8 p.m. with free admission.
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.
Celebrate the holiday while enjoying rooftop views. Fountain Square Theatre Building’s Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at 7 p.m. includes dinner, drinks and duckpin bowling, plus a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks. Must be 21+. Tickets are $80.
Bring the family to Party on the Plaza at the Indianapolis City Market from 7 – 11 p.m. Watch the 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 kids’ activities. Dogs are welcome. Bring your own chair or blanket, but no outside food or drink is allowed. Admission is $6 or $10 for two; $4 seniors; FREE kids 12 and younger.
Enjoy live music at the Rathskeller Biergarten. The Doo! performs from 7 – 11 p.m. with a $5 cover charge. Bonus: the Biergarten offers a great view of the Downtown fireworks.
Cheer on our Boys in Blue as the Indy Eleven take on the Ottawa Fury FC at 7 p.m. at Lucas Oil Stadium. Head outside after the game to catch the fireworks!
MOKB Presents will host a 10-year anniversary celebration at 4 p.m. at Sun King Brewery. The event will feature live performances from Durand Jones & the Indications and others. Guests will enjoy a pristine view of the fireworks, live music, food trucks, games, giveaways plus free hot dogs for the first 500 guests from Tyner Pond Farms. Tickets are $15 or $40 for a 4-pack. Kids 10 and under are free.
Celebrate the holiday at Metazoa Brewing Company for the 4th of July Block Party from 1 p.m. – 12 a.m. The event will feature Yacht Rock Schooner, Audiodacity, Dave and Rae Band, David Evans & Caroline Grace and many more. Fans will enjoy specialty beer tappings throughout the day, food, a pet-friendly atmosphere and a pristine view of the Downtown Indy fireworks show. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of.