Fourth of July celebrations in central Indiana for 2012


NOTE: Due to the drought, some communities are still evaluating whether or not to go on with public fireworks displays. Check this page often to see the latest updates. will post that information as it comes into the newsroom.

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If you don't see your town or city's event listed here, check out this list to see more cancellations.


CANCELLED due to dry conditions.


Hendricks County Rib-Fest - June 30th starting at 5pm. Fireworks at about 10 o'clock.

Beech Grove:

Fireworks POSTPONED until a later date due to dry conditions.


Show still on.  Fireworks at Monroe County Fairgrounds. Space is limited.  Gates open at 5pm with fireworks around 10pm.

The Fourth of July festivities will take place on Wednesday, July 4. The parade will start at 10:00 a.m. This year's theme is "Back to Bloomington-show us your B-town Roots." Parade awards will be given at the courthouse square at 11:15 am.

Brown County

Fireworks canceled. 


The Brownsburg Parks Department says they are canceling their fireworks that are scheduled for Wednesday July 4th.

Lions Club Extravaganza runs from July 2nd-July 7th at Arbuckle Acres Park. The 4th of July parade starts at 10 a.m. The route is Odell north to College, west to Green Street and north to Franklin.


Fireworks for this year still a go. Extra precautions are being taken by firefighters to keep event safe in drier conditions. Due to the location of the firework launch, the show is set to go on.

This year we are celebrating Carmel's 175th Anniversary as a community. On Tuesday July 3rd there will be free live musical entertainment on Gazebo Stage & North Zone at 12:00 - 10:30 PM. From 1:00 - 9:00 PM there is free family entertainment on KidZone Stage. This year's parade will be held on Wednesday, July 4th, and will begin at 10:30 a.m. There is a 4.5 mile run/walk at Carmel High School on July 4th at 8a.m. And a 1.5 mile walk at 8:05a.m. There is also a kids run at 9:15a.m. On July 4th at 9:45 PM there are fireworks launched by Firestone.


The Lights over Morse Lake fireworks show has been canceled due to a state of emergency due to the current drought conditions. All other LOML events will continue as scheduled..

Parade: Starts @ 1:00 PM. All entries must be in position by 12:50 PM.

The 29th Annual Cicero Triathlon will be Saturday, August 11 at Red Bridge Park in Cicero. This mini-sprint triathlon is presented by the Hamilton North Chamber of Commerce and welcomes nearly 400 athletes to Cicero for the .2 mile swim, 9.5 mile bicycle and 3.1 mile run course.

The Lights Over Morse Lake includes a variety of events for families.


Indiana Bank and Trust Company and Old National Bank's QMIX Musical Fireworks 23 is Tuesday July 3rd at Columbus Municipal Airport. The airport is located next to IUPUC, the Columbus Learning Center, and Ivy Tech Community College campuses on the city's north side.

This annual gift to the community is the largest one day event in Bartholomew County, attended by more than fifty thousand people. Families and friends celebrate our nation's birthday by watching fireworks choreographed to music. The festivities begin at 5:30pm with fun and games for the kids, and food for the whole family. Easterling Entertainment provides a free magic show at 6:00pm and Governor Davis & The Blues Ambassadors will be performing a free concert near Ivy Tech beginning at 6:30 pm. At 10:00 pm, the main event begins with the spectacular musical fireworks show.

Get to the airport early to claim your FREE spot, and honor our nation's Independence Day with the greatest display of patriotism in Indiana. Bring lawn chairs, a blanket, and your biggest, loudest portable radio tuned to QMIX 107-dot-3. Get ready for Indiana Bank & Trust Company and Old National Bank's QMIX Musical Fireworks 23 on Tuesday, July 3rd, brought to you in part by The Eye Place, Columbus Regional Health, Reliable Comfort Heating & Air Conditioning, and Dental Solutions of Columbus.


Fireworks canceled.


Fireworks canceled due to dry conditions.


The Optimist Club of Elwood has cancelled its 4th of July fireworks display due to weather conditions.

Fishers (Conner Prairie)

As of June 29, a ban is in place on professional fireworks displays.

From Symphony on the Prairie:

With the current burn ban in place for Hamilton County and working directly with the Fishers Fire Department, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has determined that the Star-Spangled Symphony concerts on July 2, 3 and 4 will not conclude with the 8-minute fireworks finale.


Fourth of July fireworks cancelled.


The Greenwood Freedom Festival will still hold fireworks as planned. June 29-30.


Downtown is Close to Perfect for the holiday!
Spend your Fourth of July Downtown with fireworks, food, festivities and lots of fun – there's something for everyone in Downtown Indianapolis! Check out the Indianapolis Indians July 4 & 5, Flights of Fancy presented by Citizens Energy Groupat the Indianapolis Zoo, Hot Wheels for Real! exhibit at The Children's Museum and more! Take in the city surroundings while dining at one of Downtown's many outdoor dining options. Spend the afternoon at White River State Park with a Segway tour or relaxing gondola or pedal boat ride on the Canal. For a complete calendar of events, call Indianapolis Downtown, Inc. at 317.237.2222 or search online at

Behold Indy's largest fireworks display, Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, shooting from the top of the Region's Bank Tower beginning at 10 p.m. Wednesday, July 4! The show will be synchronized to music broadcast on radio stations Country 97.1 HANK FM, 93.1 WIBC, 1070 the Fan and B105.7. Bring the entire family Downtown for food, music and fun that lasts all week long. See full details below.

July 4
Indiana War Memorial

  • Bring a blanket and grab your spot early to watch the fireworks. There will be plenty of activities beginning at 6:30 p.m. to keep your entire family entertained as well as Donatos Pizza, ice cream soda and beer available for purchase (cash only). Stop by the Indianapolis Colts stage featuring live music from the JesterKings and a military dedication ceremony. Colts in Motion, a 42' traveling Colts museum, will also be onsite.  Kids' activities will include face painting, carnival games and inflatables. Be sure to stop by the Rolls Royce Military area to talk with members of various branches of the military and take part in the fun. Visit for more info.

White River State Park

  • Celebrate Independence Day at the Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians & Western Art with FREE admission to the museum from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  See the Steel Ponies exhibit, featuring one of Evil Knievel's bikes and chopper made on the show American Choppers. For more information visit
  • July 4 & 5, take the family out to the ballgame and see the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field! Fireworks are including after the July 4 game against the Louisville Bats. Fans are encouraged to stay after the game and Indians' fireworks show and enjoy the Donatos Freedom Blast! Get your tickets today at or call 269.3545.

Around Downtown

  • FREE Concerts on the Canal series continues July 4 at the Indiana History Center from 5 – 9:30 p.m. Hear patriotic tunes and marches from Municipal Band and New Orleans rhythm and The Impalas. The Terrace is a great place to watch the city's fireworks! Reserved seating available: Tables for four are $35; $30 IHS members. Tables for eight are $45; $40 IHS members.  Single seats at a community table are available for $8, $7 for members. Call 232.1882 for more details or log onto
  • Get ready for the Ice Cream Social at the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site! Ice cream from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., patriotic enactors and live music make this the perfect July 4 family celebration. Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and FREE for children four and under.  Call 317.631.1888 or check
  • Take a six-mile tour of Indianapolis in the Firecracker 6 run/walk. Spend the day supporting Hoosiers Helping Heroes by participating in the family friendly event. Finish the race at the Indianapolis City Market for a post-race celebration including food, music and prizes! Register for the event at
  • Don't miss the 11th Annual Rooftop 4th of July Celebration at the Fountain Square Theatre Building. Guests can enjoy dinner from the End of the Line Public House and a spectacular view of the Downtown fireworks from the Rooftop Garden. The celebration will be from 7 – 10:30 p.m. Tickets are $70 per guest (includes tax & gratuity) and all guests must be 21 years and older. Call 686.6010, ext. 2 for tickets or visit for more information.

  • Party Independence Day away at the Rathskeller Biergarten's July 4 celebration! Enjoy live music featuring A Silent Film  7 - 7:45 p.m. and Zanna Doo from 8 – 11 p.m. Stay for a great view of the Downtown fireworks. Call 636.0396 to make reservations today! Log on to for more details.
  • A Veterans Appreciation Day Benefit Concert is taking place at Denison Parking at 36 Pennsylvania St. from 6:30 – 9:30 p.m. Celebrate this fete of the Fourth with four bars, four bands, $4 drafts and $4 parking at 31 S. Meridian St. Loo Abby, Next Degree, Max Allen Band and Something Rather Naughty will be performing. Call 633.4003 for more information.
  • Creation Café will be serving up BBQ and featuring live music with an excellent view of the fireworks Downtown. $30 for adults, $15 for kids up to 12 (3 & under are FREE). For more information visit or call 955.2289.

July 1

July 3

  • The Honorable Judge Sarah Evans Barker will preside over the Naturalization Ceremony for new U.S. citizens at 10 a.m. Admission to the ceremony is FREE.  Visit or call 631.1888 for more details. 

July 5


Fireworks cancelled.


Community Unity Celebration and Fireworks in Lapel, scheduled for Saturday, June 30th have been postponed until sufficient rainfall to ensure safety.


Fireworks still set to go at this point. Fire Marshall looking into dry conditions, which could make this event subject to change.

This year's festival will feature a great carnival filled with many opportunities for family fun, loads of carnival rides, and once-in- a-lifetime experiences. Kicking off at 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 28, the carnival will feature rides from Family Attractions until midnight. The carnival will open at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 29, offering discounted passes until 5 p.m. Helicopter rides will operate from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. providing a chance to see Lawrence from a completely different point of view. Friday will be the first day the beer tent will be open, beginning at noon. Live music can be enjoyed from 6 to 11 p.m.

On Saturday, June 30 the carnival will open at 5 p.m., running until midnight. Bands will be playing live music from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.

The parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. at Harrison Hill Elementary School located at 53rd and Richardt. It will continue south on Richardt to 47th, then turn east onto 47th to Franklin, turning north and ending at Morris Settle's Community Park.


Fireworks have been canceled at the Lebanon Middle School for the Independence Day celebration.

The carnival will begin Monday, July 2, and run through Saturday, July 7.

The Theme for the parade, which takes place on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. this year, is "Boone County - How Sweet It Is" and the Parade Marshal will be George Donaldson.


Fireworks still on at this time. Will be meeting with fire chief this week to determine if conditions are too dry, but as of now the show is set to go.

The Linton Freedom Festival will run from June 30th-July 7th. There is live entertainment nightly from July 1st-7th and a nightly carnival from the 2nd through the 7th. There is a Freedom Festival Marketplace July2nd-4th. Civilian Ham & Egg Breakfast begins at 6:00am on Independence Day followed by the 107th Freedom Festival Parade 10:00am On this day the carnival opens 6:00pm. Families can enjoy fireworks around 10:30pm.


The Mooresville Fireworks Celebration is on! Come out to Pioneer Park this Wednesday, July 4. Festivities officially begin at 6pm live music and concessions may start as early as 4pm. Skydivers around 8pm, fireworks at dusk. The aquatic center will close at 6pm.


No word on fireworks yet.

Now in its eighth year, we celebrate the Independence Day Weekend in Monticello, Indiana by filling the Madam Carroll with military veterans to lead the long line of over 60 decorated boats throughout the day on Saturday July 7th. Visit for more information.


Fireworks in Muncie are still set to go. There are 2 shows. One will be on Saturday at 10pm following a full day festival at Prairie Creek Reservoir. The other, is at 10pm on July 4th, and will be shot off from the Muncie Central High School.

New Castle

No confirmation yet on fireworks.  If set to go, Citizens State Bank will once again sponsor the annual Memorial Park fireworks this year at dusk on the Fourth of July.

According to a post on the bank's Facebook page, the festivities will feature a day full of activities, including a car show, a kids' zone, music, food and games. 

New Palestine 

Fireworks cancelled.


At this time, the city's planned fireworks display on July 4th is scheduled to continue.

Additional precautions over and above those taken during each year's fireworks display will be in effect. Noblesville city personnel will continue to monitor the dry conditions and how they might affect the fireworks display.

To keep people and property safe, the public is asked to avoid the use of any type of fireworks, sparklers, etc.

For more information about the festival, click here.

Santa Claus

Holiday World has cancelled its Fourth of July fireworks display.


Fireworks cancelled.


Monday update: Westfield officials just announced they have decided to go ahead with their professional fireworks display after all. As a result of the recent rain, the higher humidity and with the moisture predicted in the weather forecast, the City's public safety officials believe that the conditions are safe to proceed with the fireworks. City officials cancelled the professional fireworks display for the Westfield Rocks the 4th celebration last Friday.

"We have evaluated the current situation and performed a risk hazard analysis and fortunately the conditions have improved," says Westfield's Chief of Staff, Todd Burtron. "We feel that because of the change in weather conditions, we can provide an exceptional fireworks display for the citizens of Westfield without compromising public safety." According to Burtron, firefighters, along with other city staff and pyrotechnic team members, will be strategically positioned around the site to ensure the public's safety. Please note: the personal use of consumer fireworks are still prohibited.

The Westfield Rocks the 4th celebration will take place on July 4th beginning at 4pm at Asa Bales Park in Westfield. The professional fireworks display will begin at 9:45pm.  The main entertainment stage is pleased to welcome both the Jai Baker Band and the Dave & Rae Band this year.


Due to the unusually dry conditions and concern for the safety of citizens, the Town of Yorktown has cancelled the Fireworks Festival at Morrow's Meadow set for June 30, 2012. The Four for the Fourth Run/Walk will continue as planned and the event committee is beefing up efforts for the hydration stations. The afternoon and evening events including: inflatables, games, rock wall, food vendors, In the Company of Cowboys, The Reminisce Band and the Fireworks will not happen. Dates are being evaluated for rescheduling of the festival in part or as a whole.


Fireworks have been cancelled.

This is the second largest fundraiser for Lions Park. Food, music and fun begin in the park at 5pm and fireworks scheduled for blast off on July 4, 2012 at 10pm.

More updates will be added as we receive word for local communities.