Celebrate the 4th of July in Fort Wayne!

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The Fireworks at One summit Square will begin tentatively at 10pm on July 4th.

America’s birthday is almost here, and what better way to spend the day than with food, friends and family, and of course, fireworks! A great fireworks show on the 4th of July has become a great tradition in Fort Wayne, and this year promises to not disappoint!

One Summit Square in downtown Fort Wayne will put on a full display of light and colors sure to thrill the whole family! The fireworks begin at 10pm and are free to the public. Parking is free throughout downtown. Bring the family, or a group of friends, grab some food at one of downtown’s eateries, and watch the fireworks light up the night sky!

While enjoying the public fireworks, you are asked to leave your personal fireworks at home so everyone in attendance feels safe and comfortable. Worried about trying to beat the crowds? These fireworks can be seen for miles. Pick a spot at Headwaters park just inside downtown Fort Wayne and enjoy the show!

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Attend the TinCaps game and enjoy the fireworks from your seat!

You can also celebrate July 4th with the Fort Wayne TinCaps when they take on the West Michigan Whitecaps. The TinCaps will be celebrating America’s birthday with a special theme night: “Salute to Heroes”. Give a big “thank you” to our military, police, firefighters, EMS, and all those who serve our country and community.Come out, not just for the baseball game and to celebrate our nation’s independence, but for a community night of saluting those who work tirelessly to keep us safe, healthy, and out of harm’s way both here in Indiana and across the world. As a special bonus, those attending the TinCaps game will have a prime view of the downtown fireworks from their seats! (UPDATE: this game is SOLD OUT)

If you’re looking to grab a bite to eat either before the TinCaps game, or before you settle into your fireworks viewing spot, downtown Fort Wayne will have a number of restaurants open with special hours for the holiday!

Special note: While the fireworks are planned for 10pm, the exact timing will be determined on the ending of the TinCaps game.

What’s your favorite way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Let us know in the comments below, along with any other special July 4th events we may have missed! Find out more about the downtown 4th of July fireworks here.



Katie Robinson joined the Visit Fort Wayne staff in March 2013 as a Marketing Assistant. She recently graduated from Ball State University with a degree in public relations. Katie is a Fort Wayne native and enjoys exploring the city when she can. She is a coffee junkie and is often found with her coffee cup in hand. She enjoys baking, and is especially fond of cupcakes. In her spare time Katie enjoys shopping, curling up with a good book, spending time with friends and family, relaxing with her husband Joseph, and playing with their adorable Shih Tzu, Gidget.

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4 Responses to "Celebrate the 4th of July in Fort Wayne!"

Violet OMalley
July 2nd, 2014
Tx Wendy! I just asked when that event was being held..
Wendy Sack
Wendy Sack
June 27th, 2014
There's also a great event happening the evening of July 3rd. The Fort Wayne Philharmonic is performing its annual Patriotic Pops concert- this year at Parkview Field- and it's free to the public! Starts at 8pm, but I'd get there pretty early to get a great seat. http://www.parkviewfield.com/news/articles/712/patriotic-pops-concert/
July 2nd, 2013
Sorry Peter, I'm taken. But I am very flattered! Enjoy the fireworks anyway :)
July 2nd, 2013
I would love to go on a date with Katie on July 4! :) Is she single?

A Unique Adventure with Pedal City

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The end of a great night celebrating with Pedal City!

A perfect summer night, Beer and Wine, and a great downtown adventure equal a one of a kind Fort Wayne experience – Pedal City. It’s official, this new downtown craze is perfect for a birthday night out with friends, and so our adventure began! For two hours our 30 party goers rode down the streets of downtown in complete laughter and excitement over the thrill of this crazy bike, and our ridiculous party hats of course. Each bike comes with a designated driver that gives you the option to create your own route.

Considering there is a little work involved, we decided to take a couple stops, so why not the Brass Rail? Although most of our group had experienced the local bar, it felt like a new trip for everyone, c’mon it’s not every day you pedal a 15 seat bike with friends.

Off we went to our next stop, a downtown favorite hot spot, JK O’Donnell’s, what better place to enjoy good beer and friends! Two bikes and thirty adults later, we were all in cahoots to hangout on Wayne Street and take in the downtown atmosphere. Let’s recap, good friends, a beautiful downtown night, and a mobile bar, need I say more?

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All of the peddlers had a blast!

We ended our journey where we began the birthday shenanigans, Club Soda, and of course with a memorable picture. It’s safe to say, our trip was a success, and all thirty peddlers would recommend Pedal City to anyone searching for a unique way to enjoy downtown and company with friends.  But don’t forget the fun doesn’t have to end with Pedal City; there is always plenty of fun to be had in downtown Fort Wayne!

Haley Baker


Born and raised in Fort Wayne, Haley has plenty of Fort Wayne knowledge, thanks to her former job at Visit Fort Wayne. She loves enjoying the city and finds herself keeping up with new things to do around town. You can find Haley hitting the bike trails with her husband, and also walking her Boxer, Layla on a nice day. Last but not least, you can find her rooting on her Packers on Sundays!

Enjoy authentic Mexican food at the original Salsa Grille

Who wants affordable but authentic Mexican food?  If your answer is “I do,” then I need to introduce you to Salsa Grille – one of Fort Wayne’s little-known secrets!

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Salsa Grille is a relatively new taqueria located inside George’s International Market, on the corner of Broadway and Taylor streets, just a few minutes away from the city’s downtown district.  I revisited George’s twice last week after a long hiatus, and I was thrilled to find this tasty café inside.

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What’s not to like about a beautiful restaurant that serves fresh Mexican food in nearly record time?  The speed of my food preparation was impressive – less than five minutes!  Nurses from nearby St. Joseph Medical Center popped in for a quick lunch break, and many other people came in to grab food to go.

My meal of quesadilla and accompanying tortilla chips cost slightly less than it would have at a sit-down style Mexican restaurant.

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I even jazzed it up by getting some cinnamon churros at the panaderia (bakery) next to the Market!  Yum!

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Mmm! My quesadilla carne asada was light and filling, but it didn’t taste as oily as quesadillas I’ve had elsewhere.

Salsa Grille is small but savory, and it’s one of my go-to places when I’m on a budget and am tired of eating ordinary fast food.  Come check it out, and explore what George’s, has to offer, too!

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Salsa Grille (inside George’s International Market) is located at 2021 Broadway.  Find it online here. You can also eat at Salsa Grille on the north side of town at 7755 Coldwater Road.

Amanda Reusser


Amanda Reusser is a 2006 graduate from Taylor University-Upland. She has spent the past 6 years living and teaching Drama, English and ESOL in Florida, Indonesia and Austria. While it was fun and insightful, she is very glad to be back home in Indiana. Amanda loves traveling, trying new foods, and learning cultural dances. She enjoys getting to know new people, teaching teenagers, and being involved with her home church.

Weeklong Three Rivers Festival Concert Series Features National Acts

Outdoor concerts simply embody summer, don’t they? At the annual Three Rivers Festival in downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana they are a staple. Three Rivers Festival is Fort Wayne’s favorite summer party since 1969! Concerts this year take place July 12 through 19 so save the date now!

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The concerts all take place at Headwaters Park, conveniently located downtown, and around the city. For details on specific shows and locations visit Three Rivers Festival online today. Tickets for each show can be purchased online or at the door. They can also be purchased at the Three Rivers Office, at 102 Three Rivers North, or the Embassy Box Office, 125 W. Jefferson Blvd., during regular business hours.

2014 Three Rivers Festival Concert Series Lineup

  • July 11: Cheap Trick
  • July 12: Under the Sun Tour featuring Blues Traveler, Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth & Uncle Kracker
  • July 13: For King & Country, Love & The Outcome
  • July 14: The Rescue Plan
  • July 15: Brother (featuring $2 food and beer specials!)
  • July 16: The Tim Harrington Band, The Jug Huffers & The Atomic Sharks
  • July 17: American Young
  • July 18: Who’s Bad – The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Band
  • July 19: Urban Legend

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Insider Tip: For only $45 you can gain access to all nine shows this summer! Coined the Mega Pass, this pass is the ultimate Three Rivers Festival concert experience. Learn more by visiting the festival online.


Previously a news reporter at daily newspapers in Indiana and Ohio, Holly Hammersmith now enjoys the lighter side of writing through freelance work. In her spare time, Holly can be found running or practicing yoga. She also enjoys visiting local coffee shops and day-tripping. Holly lives with her husband, dog Lulu and half a dozen houseplants. Find Holly on Twitter @HFHammers and at http://hollyhammersmith.com.

Mockingbird Kitchens is your place for honest-to-goodness lunches

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It doesn’t get much fresher than this!

Mockingbird Kitchens is proof that locally sourced, sustainable food doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg. The cafe, which recently opened in the Cottage Flowers building, serves fresh, made-to-order lunch options.

I had the pleasure of dining here with a friend recently. The first thing I noted about my experience at Mockingbird was the friendliness of the staff. They were very accommodating and knowledgeable. For example, I wanted to special order a sandwich and they happily met my request. Speaking of a sandwich, Mockingbird offers quite the variety when it comes to their freshly made creations. The menu boasts everything from a Cuban sandwich, to a roasted beet sandwich to a shrimp Cobb salad. Their soups are made from scratch and change often.

If you can’t make up your mind, you can’t go wrong with their lunch combos. I ordered a shrimp salad sandwich and a Ceasar side salad. I especially enjoyed their freshly brewed berry tea as a pick-me-up. All the ingredients tasted like they were right from the farm. And it’s no wonder because they pretty much are! Their commitment to featuring locally sourced and seasonally available food is unusual in Indiana. And those with children will be happy to know they have a kid’s menu! The affordability is impressive. My lunch was about $10, including a drink. It’s hard to beat that price when you know you’re getting honest-to-goodness food!

You might be wondering about that name. It’s a nod to this bird who’s known for its uncanny ability to mimic sounds. Their mission is to harken back to the culinary songs of yesteryear, one meal at a time. They are taking back lunch with fresh food you can feel good about.

Do yourself (and your body) a favor and check this place out. There is ample seating inside for the lunch crowd. You can also take advantage of their limited outdoor seating.

Check out their full menu here.


Lauren Caggiano was raised in Fort Wayne, and returned in 2007 upon graduation from the University of Dayton. The president of WriteOn LLC, she specializes in writing, marketing, and French translation. In her spare time she enjoys travelling, yoga and volunteering. In the summer you can catch her riding around downtown on her vintage green Schwinn. For more information, check out her website: www.lcagg.com.