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Ultimate Guide to Fourth of July Festivals and Parades

Since 1776, we as a nation have been coming together to commemorate our country’s birth and to celebrate our independence and freedom. As time has went on we have gotten more and more creative with our celebrations, and now we dedicate whole festivals to the fourth of July, like the ones listed below.


Freedom Festival 

If you live in or near Greenwood, then head on over to the Freedom Festival on the last Saturday in June to celebrate just that, freedom. It all kicks off at noon with their parade; and applications to join the parade are still open through their website. There will be nearly two hundred booths to walk through, live music on two separate stages, and of course tasty festival food and drinks. There’s a kid’s zone for the little ones and don’t miss the Freedom Jam, where artists compete for the chance to open on the big stage next year. When all that is said and done, you can watch the fireworks at the end of the night.


Linton Freedom Festival

This festival and town is home to what is billed as Indiana’s Largest Independence Day Parade. It brings nearly 40,000 people to Linton each year. This is a week long festival that begins on June 30th and carries through to July 7th with various events each day. But the parade isn’t all you can enjoy. They will also have arts and crafts, live music, a carnival, lip sync contest, bed races, horse-pull and of course the parade and fireworks. So if you’re interested in helping them celebrate, then head on over to their website for more details.


Limestone Heritage Festival

This Fourth of July festival is held in downtown Bedford from June 28th to the 29th. Here you can enjoy good food, a BBQ cook-off contest, a parade, various vendors, entertainment and fireworks to end the night. This is a family friendly event and it is also handicap accessible.



Located in central Indiana, this festival is a great place to celebrate Independence Day. It is all volunteer led and is organized by the Rotary Club of Carmel. It starts at 4PM and ends at 10PM on both July 3rd and 4th. They have live entertainment, fun activity zones, tasty food and a patriotic parade followed by spectacular fireworks at the end of the night. Bring the family and friends over for a day packed full of fun.


Pekin’s Fourth of July Celebration

This celebration has deep roots that date back to 1830. They are proud to claim that they’re the “Oldest Consecutive Fourth of July Celebration in the United States.” If you find yourself in Pekin Park and the town area, then check out their celebration, which will feature a parade, a carnival, live entertainment, a prince and princess contest, a queen contest, lots of food vendors, a flea market and then fireworks. This festival provides something for everyone, and it’s also handicap accessible. It starts on July 3rd and continues through to July 4th.


Family 4th Fest – Porter Indiana

This free festival in Hawthorne Park kicks off on July 4th with a parade and pancake breakfast, and even more cool events as the day goes on. Other activities include a turtle derby, brick toss contest, bouncy houses, kiddie rides, various food vendors, live music, karaoke, a beer garden, and fireworks at dusk. If you’re ready for some family fun, then head on over to their website for more information.


These festivals offer something for the whole family. Just being in an atmosphere like that, you’re sure to be in a patriotic mood. Have a fun and safe Independence Day. What are some of your favorite fourth of July celebrations to attend? Let us know in the comments below.