Mark Newman, Executive Director, Indiana Office of Tourism offers up a number of July 4th events around the state including the ones below.
- New Pekin IN July 3rd Fireworks celebration 10:30pm New Pekin Park. The oldest, consecutive 4th of July celebration in the USA! Flea market, entertainment, food vendors, parade, fireworks and rides.This year marks the 184th consecutive year for the Pekin Fourth of July Celebration. Presently, the celebration includes a fireworks display, flea market and a parade. You will also find a carnival, food vendors, a variety of live entertainment, a prince and princess contest and a queen contest.
- Thunder Over Patoka, is presented by Visit French Lick West Baden. The fireworks will be put off at the Patoka Lake Beach, and can be seen from your boat, your car, view from your campsite. Display will begin at dusk. note: The regular gate fee will be charged if you view from inside the park.
- Three Rivers Festival in Ft Wayne draws nearly half a million visitors each summer that come together to enjoy the fun, savor the food, and catch up with old friends, all while making new friends and memories! As a not-for-profit entity, The Festival events are free or at a minimal admission fee to keep the festival accessible to the community! Brings your family and friends and enjoy over 80 events including Food Alley, Art in the Park, the Bed Race, the Three Rivers Festival Parade, the Raft Race, Children’s Fest, and so much more! If you missed fireworks on July 4th – here is another opportunity to see them at the last night of the Three Rivers Festival
- Madison Regatta and Fireworks. The regatta lasts July 4-6, 2014 with many events – music, pageants, games and contests and more. Music and fireworks are free (on Saturday night) but there are buttons and wristbands available for purchase for other events during the festival.
- Hendricks Co is hosting the National PowWow July 3-6 at the Hendricks County Fairgrounds. Native American Powwow and cultural celebration including 4 days of inter-tribal dancing and singing, educational workshops, craft and food vendors, craft contest, tipi village, parade, princess contest, and a kids’ powwow.
- Do you have what it takes to climb the three highest sand dunes in Indiana? The 3 Dune Challenge kicked off last week and includes hiking a special 1.5 mile course at Indiana Dunes State Park, climbing Mount Jackson (elevation 176 feet), Mount Holden (184 feet), and Mount Tom (192 feet). If you conquer The 3 Dune Challenge, you’re invited to stop by the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located just a mile south of the state park, to buy a shirt and pick up a free commemorative sticker or decal and postcards.