Everyday seems patriotic when your town has a name like Americus or Liberty — and Indiana is home to both. Looking for somewhere to celebrate the nation’s birthday this July 4th weekend? Check out the Independence Day festivities going on in the state’s most patriotic towns (determined by name only, of course).
Celebrate America’s birthday in Americus! Located off of Interstate 65 in Tippecanoe County in northwest Indiana, Americus is a small town planning a big celebration for the 4th. Don’t miss the annual Stars & Stripes Celebration on July 4. This year’s concert features a multitude of bands and choirs, and is followed by a spectacular 25 minute fireworks display at 10 p.m. For more Independence Day events in Americus, see the Tippecanoe County calendar of events.
Located in southeastern Indiana’s Union County, Liberty is home to Whitewater Memorial State Park and Brookville Lake. Whitewater Memorial is hosting a long list of 4th of July activities including live music and crafts. Because there are no fireworks allowed on at the state park — it’s an Indiana Department of Natural Resources property — fireworks shows can be found in nearby Brookville and College Corner. For more information about the weekend events and details on fireworks, see the full schedule.
Just because they don’t have patriotic names, doesn’t mean there aren’t great Independence Day events happening in other areas of Indiana. Here are a few more:
The City of Anderson will host the Shadyside Celebration. Free to the public, the Lapel Community Band will play patriotic favorites followed by a fireworks display. The activities will take place on July 1 at 7 p.m.
The 4th of July festivities will begin with a parade at 10:00 a.m. on the 4th. This year’s theme is “Back to Bloomington–Show us your B-Town Roots!.”
Kick off the 4th with the 37th annual Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social held at the President Benjamin Harrison Home from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m on July 4. Enjoy cold ice cream, patriotic enactors, and live music. Admission is $12 adults, $5 students, 4 and under- free. From 5 to 9:30 p.m., Concerts on the Canal will feature R&B and rock group, The Impalas, as well as patriotic music from the Indianapolis Municipal Band. Round off your patriotic celebration with a large fireworks display at Regions Bank Freedom Blast that will begin at 9:45 p.m. The fireworks can be seen from almost anywhere downtown and will be shooting from the Regions Bank Tower.
Celebrate both the nation’s birthday and this northwest Indiana town’s birthday at the two-day Wolcott Sesquicentennial Summer Festival July 3-4. Fully decked-out in red, white and blue, Wolcott hosts hog roast and tug of war contest on July 3. On July 4, enjoy a parade, live music, great food and fireworks. For a full listing of events go to the Summer Festival website and to keep up with any changes or announcements, visit Wolcott’s Facebook page.