Independence Day is arriving soon, and if you're looking for activities and fireworks on the 4th of July, Hendricks County, Indiana, is the place to be! COVID-19 has altered some plans, but there are still celebrations to be found. Here's what's on tap:
Hendricks County Rib Run
Runners and walkers: Get those shoelaces tied tight and those hamstrings loosened up because the Hendricks County Rib Run 5K and 1/4 Slab Kids Run is taking place at 8 a.m. on July 4 at Kingsway Christian Church in Avon. Enjoy this family-friendly run/walk during the cool morning temperatures and get your blood flowing for the rest of the day's celebrations!
Not comfortable with a live run yet? No worries. There are also virtual race options available.
For more information, including how to register, click here.
Pittsboro Freedom Celebration
The Pittsboro Freedom Celebration is a go! It begins on July 4 at 2 p.m. with a parade through town, so find a spot along the route and soak in the fun.
The parade begins on the east side of town in the housing addition across the road from the Pittsboro Fire Department, moving west through town on Main Street to Scamahorn Street, where it turns north to Osbourne Street and winds up at Meridian Street near Pittsboro Elementary School.
(Insider tip: It's generally less crowded along the parade route along Scamahorn and Osbourne streets. It's more congested along Main Street.)
After the parade, head on over to Scamahorn Park, where there will be vendors, live music, food and more. Search the park for the 30-question American Quiz because for each 10 questions answered correctly, you'll win a raffle ticket for a gift basket! (The drawing is at 8 p.m., and you must be present to win.)
And then, of course, the fireworks take to the skies at dark, which is at about 10 p.m. this time of year.
For updates and for more information, check out the Pittsboro Freedom Celebration on Facebook.
Are you hungry? Then head on over to Danville Community High School, 100 Warrior Way, on July 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. for Food Trucks and Fireworks!
This is a new twist on the annual Independence Day celebration in Danville. Bring the family and check out the wide array of food trucks offering everything from lobster to pierogis. Purchase some delicious dinner to take home, or bring some lawn chairs and enjoy the fireworks show that will start at dark.
Brownsburg Concert and Fireworks
The annual Brownsburg Lions Club 4th of July Extravaganza has been cancelled, but the Town of Brownsburg and Brownsburg Parks & Recreation are still putting on a fireworks display!
The Indianapolis Jazz Orchestra will perform at Arbuckle Acres Park on July 4 at 7:45 p.m., entertaining families with patriotic and jazz standards. Arbuckle Acres is a large park that allows for plenty of social distancing, and it makes a great place for families to enjoy the fireworks.
This year's fireworks will be launched at about 10 p.m. from Brownsburg Parks & Recreation's Tague property at 315 W. Main St., but people will not be allowed on the property during the show. Sitting with your family in lawn chairs at Arbuckle Acres after a great concert, however, will provide an excellent view of the show.
Another ideal spot for watching the bombs burst in the air is Brownsburg Town Hall, 61 N. Green St.
For updates, I recommend following the Town of Brownsburg on Facebook.
Fireworks at Hummel Park
The annual July 4th Fireworks Extravaganza at Hummel Park in Plainfield has been cancelled, but there will still be fireworks on July 4 at 9:55 p.m.
The park closes at dusk, and throughout the day on July 4, large areas of Hummel Park will be closed with very limited parking.
There will be no traffic control in or out of the park at any time throughout the day or night. It's best to find a safe spot in the area surrounding the park to watch the fireworks.
Fireworks in Avon
Fireworks will light up the sky over Kingsway Christian Church in Avon on July 4 at 10 p.m., courtesy of the Avon Chamber of Commerce.
As with the fireworks at Hummel Park, finding a safe spot to watch the show in the area surrounding the church is your best option.