The Perfect Fourth of July in Indiana!

July 4: The celebration of this great nation’s independence. Every year, small towns and big cities across America celebrate in their own fashion on this special holiday. In Indiana, there is no shortage of excitement on Independence Day. From festivals to parades, lawn mower races, and more, check out these 10 events for the perfect Fourth of July in Indiana!

1. Carmel Fest, Carmel, IN

Head down to Carmel, Indiana, this Fourth of July and join Chairman Gary Sexton and his many volunteers in celebrating our country’s freedom. There will be live music, ranging from the Wright Brothers, The Carmel Symphony Orchestra, as well as My Yellow Rickshaw, and more! For the kids, check out the Carmel Fest Kid Zone, which offers so many kid-friendly activities, such as pony rides, a Velcro wall, boat rides, and more. There will also be a reptile show, magicians, and dance troupes! Feeling hungry? Check out some of Indiana’s awesome food vendors at CarmelFest’s Food Row which includes a selection gyros, corn on the cob, chicken skewers, fried Twinkies, and funnel cake! Don’t forget to watch the fireworks, which will launch at 9:45 p.m. on Tuesday!

2. Annual 4th of July Parade, Whiting, IN

If you’re looking to do something fun this holiday, but aren’t really a fireworks or festival type of person, head over to Whiting, Indiana, and check out their annual Fourth of July parade. The parade starts at 10 a.m. and ends in Whiting Lakefront Park. The parade features nationally-recognized characters, with this year’s theme being Marvel Superheroes! Come and meet some of your favorite Marvel comic book characters: Iron Man, Captain America, and Thor! For the Angry Bird fans out there, come and meet your favorite bird!

3. July 4th Festival, Walton, IN

Come visit the small town of Walton, Indiana, for some Fourth of July fun this year! It is an all-day event, starting at 8 a.m. with the Firecracker 5K run, followed by the vendor booth setup on Depot Street in downtown Walton. For the tractor fans out there, stop by and see the TIPWA tractor show. At 2 p.m. make plans to stop and watch the 17th annual Fourth of July parade, followed by one of the biggest firework shows in the state at sundown! 

4. Twelve Mile 500 at Plank Hill Park, Twelve Mile, IN

Looking for something a little unique to do with the family this Fourth of July? In addition to stopping by and checking out the Fourth of July festival in Walton, head up to Twelve Mile, Indiana, in northern Cass County for the Twelve Mile 500. Instead of running or walking, this race features something a little unique to Indiana. The Twelve Mile 500 is Cass County’s annual lawn mower race. That’s right. Lawn mowers. From Briggs and Strattons to other modified engines, come watch these machines power their way through 48 laps!

5. Independence Day Social at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, Indianapolis, IN

Looking for something a bit more kid-friendly? For this Fourth of July holiday, load up the kids and take a trip to the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site, located off North Delaware Street in Indianapolis. The cost of admission is free for all ages, so come on out and enjoy some good old-fashioned family fun! Enjoy delicious ice cream for $3 (all proceeds go directly to the site), and participate in vintage games such as croquet or hoops and graces. For the history buffs, take a tour of the historic Benjamin Harrison home and step back through time!

6. Lights Over Morse Lake Festival, Cicero, IN

Starting Friday, June 30, and continuing through Tuesday, July 4, come visit the small town of Cicero, Indiana, for some awesome Fourth of July fun! Located throughout various locations in Cicero, such as Morse Lake, Community Park, Red Bridge Park, and on the historic Main Street, there are unlimited activities to choose from! For live entertainment, check out the band LemonWheel, performing at the Hamilton North Public Library and Cicero Pavilion. Stop by the Community Park every day for the Huesman Carnival, and be sure to stop the Cicero Christian Church for an outdoor family friendly movie!

7. Fireworks & Evening in the Park, Newburgh, IN

Come on down to historic Newburgh, Indiana, and spend your Fourth of July holiday at the Old Lock and Dam Park off Highway 662. It’s an “old fashion” community celebration with summer games, food, homemade ice cream (yum!), as well as concerts, and of course the firework show! Admission is free. Check out games from Touch, Inc. and music from the Old Dam Band, in addition to The Boom Squad!

8. Fourth of July Celebration, Pekin, IN

This is one festival you don’t want to miss! Head over to Pekin, Indiana, and help them celebrate their 187th annual Fourth of July celebration! From food courts to flea markets, rides, and games, there is so much to do at the celebration. Feeling like you could be the next Pekin Idol? Register and belt your heart out on July 1! Be sure to stop by Borden’s Lion Club for a delicious fish dinner at the Park Shelter House. For something a little more unique for the adults, check out Hell’s Half Acre Hillbilly Burlesque Show. On Tuesday morning, there will be the annual parade starting at 8:30 a.m. and later in the day, the Pekin Fourth of July Queen contest, followed by fireworks as the sun sets.

9. Linton Freedom Festival, Linton, IN

Come check out Linton, Indiana, this Fourth of July weekend and see Indiana’s largest Independence Day parade! There are so many different events to choose from at the Linton Freedom Festival, such as arts and crafts, a carnival, lip sync contests, and bed races! Enter your adorable babies in the Baby Freedom, Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker contests, and check out the Old-School Project, featuring live entertainment. The Linton Freedom Festival is one for the whole family this Fourth of July!

10. July 4th Celebration, Peru, IN

Head on over to Miami County and visit Peru, Indiana’s annual July 4th Hometown Celebration at Maconaquah Park. Beginning at 8 a.m., see the Peru Fire Department run/walk their hearts out in a 5K. There will also be games for kids, great food, live music, and entertainment, as well as a firework show at sundown.

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