July 4, 1776 marks the date the Colonies adopted the Declaration of Independence, declaring our country independent from Great Britain and the rule of the British king. While celebrations took place at the White House starting in 1801, it wasn’t until almost 100 years later in 1870 when Congress made Independence Day an official unpaid holiday for federal employees. Later, in 1938, Congress changed Independence Day to a paid federal holiday. Since that time, 4th of July weekend has been a time for festivities like picnics, parades, parties and of course, fireworks!
How to Spend 4th of July in Indianapolis This Year
Downtown Indianapolis is the place to be for 4th of July this upcoming holiday weekend! Here are just a few of the 4th of July events and activities going on in and around Indy over the next several days:
Star Spangled Symphony with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
Held on the Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park on Friday, June 30th, guest conductor Alfred Savia and Broadway vocalist Doug LaBrecque join the ISO for a one-night only event. Maestro Savis will lead the ISO for an evening full of patriotic favorites Like America the Beautiful and God Bless America.
Taste of Indy at Monument Circle
On Saturday, July 1st, the Taste of Indy offers a chance for visitors to try a delectable assortment of cuisines from local Indianapolis restaurants. Not only that, but the event offers a wide variety of other activities, like live music, interactive chef demonstrations, a kids’ play area and more, all while enjoying the beautiful, historic location at Monument Circle.
2017 IPL Downtown Freedom Festival
Taking place on the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial, the fun starts at 6:30 PM on July 4th with live music on the Indianapolis Colts Stage. Those of all ages will enjoy this Indianapolis event, with food trucks, games, face painting and bounce houses, all leading up to the fireworks display launching from the Regions Tower.
INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer
Since 1993, the INDYpendence Day Concert for Cancer has raised over $175,000 for cancer-related organizations. Guests can enjoy a free party before the concert on July 4th featuring great food, giveaways, a kids’ area and more, with music from both local and national artists.
Party on the Plaza at Indianapolis City Market
The Party on the Plaza is yet another family-friendly event held on July 4 that offers lawn games like corn hole and lawn checkers and sidewalk chalk, plus you’ll be able to reserve your seats early for the best views of the IPL Downtown Freedom Festival’s fireworks.
Area Fireworks Displays
The Freedom Festival isn’t the only option for viewing fireworks around Indy this holiday weekend! Click here for a list of venues where you can celebrate your patriotic spirit to the fullest this 4th of July in Indianapolis.
Happy 4th of July from American Senior Communities! We hope you have a safe, fun holiday!