Freedom, Fun, and Fireworks :: Indy’s Guide for the 4th


It’s hard to believe we’re already talking about July 4th, but the date is fast approaching. How does your family plan to celebrate the occasion? You may opt for a backyard BBQ and DIY fireworks display. However, if you decide to go the more professional route, Indy offers plenty of opportunities to get your fireworks fix (and from a safer distance!):

Fishers Freedom Festival: June 27-28; Roy Holland Park. Activities include food and local business vendors, kid’s games, live music, parades, and fireworks. This is a free event but with a charitable spin, encouraging “participants to donate canned foods, baby food, nonperishable goods, disposable diapers, cleaning supplies, school supplies and/or toiletries, new toys, games, books and puzzles. Items will go to local pantries that service Fishers as well as the Festival’s “Roy G. Holland Backpacks for Kids” program.”

Greenwood Freedom Festival: July 27. Kick off at noon with a parade beginning and ending in the parking lot of Greenwood Middle School. Continue the fun in Craig Park with nearly 200 booths offering everything from food to face painting, crafts and games. Local breweries and Mallow Run Winery offer libations, while several stages house a line-up of local acts.

CarmelFest: July 3-4; Carmel Civic Square. Attend this two day festival of live entertainment, KidZone, & food vendors. Kick off the 4th early at 8:00 a.m. with the Freedom Run, a 4.5 mi run/walk starting at Carmel High School; then grab a chair and relax post-run to take in the parade at 10:30. Wrap up the day with a spectacular fireworks display at 9:45, synchronized to music on 91.3 FM.

Zionsville: July 4; Lions Park. The 2nd largest fundraiser for Lions Park, this event starts at 5 p.m. and continues until fireworks begin at dusk. A $5 donation is request for parking. In the event of rain, the festivities will take place July 5. Come out and enjoy good food and live music for a good cause.

Downtown Indianapolis: July 4. Bring the family downtown for the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, held on the Indiana War Memorial Grounds from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Indy’s largest fireworks display begins at 10 p.m. from the Regions Tower, located on the Circle. This one draws a large crowd, so allow plenty of time for parking and walking.

Or if you’re like me and have little ones who are asleep before the sun goes down, celebrate your independence by watching the fireworks in Boston or NY…from your couch that is. No traffic, no crowds. Just you, a glass of wine, feet propped up, and Stars and Stripes Forever. Happy Birthday, America!


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Having moved ten times while growing up, Lisa couldn’t imagine living anywhere for more than two or three years. But after graduating from IU and meeting a guy from “that school up north”, she decided to ditch the nomadic life, plant some roots, and has called Indy home since 2001. She and her husband, Matt, officially became a house divided in 2007, and shortly thereafter added to their family an energetic, food-obsessed Labrador named Reggie. After surviving puppyhood, they felt confident enough to venture into parenthood with the birth of their daughters, Ava, in 2011, and most recently, Emme, in 2014. After 10+ years as a Registered Nurse in fields varying from ICU, to transplant, to insurance case management, she decided to hang up her stethoscope and became a stay at home mom in early 2015. In addition, she is an active volunteer at her church, loves singing, reading, exercising, and spontaneous dance parties with her littles. She believes laughter makes the world go round and never misses her morning coffee, even if it has to be rewarmed ten times throughout the day. True to her upbringing, Lisa has lived in various Indy area locales, from Greenwood to Carmel and in between. She and her family currently reside in Noblesville. Lisa loves being a mom and loves Indianapolis, so this is a perfect venue to share that love with moms in the Indy area and beyond.