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! Indiana Michigan Power Center 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 Monday, July 4 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 the downtown 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!
Other Area 4th of July Events
There are a number of other Fourth of July centered events happening all weekend long leading up to the big day on Monday. Take a look at just a few things you can enjoy in Fort Wayne and the surrounding area to enjoy the holiday!
Join the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for a spectacular show on Sunday, July 3 at Parkview Field, as they put on their annual Patriotic Pops concert! This year’s display of patriotism in song will feature patriotic songs celebrating our nation's birthday conducted by Philharmonic Assistant Conductor Sameel Patel. Listen for Gould’s American Salute, marches from John Phillip Sousa, music from the movie Lincoln by John Williams and the 1812 Overture. In addition to the wonderful music by the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, there will be an equally powerful fireworks show following the concert. This event is FREE and open to the public. More information can be found on The Phil's website.
Or make a trip to Roanoke, for the free Freedom on Main Celebration on Thursday, June 30. Enjoy this outdoor concert on the charming Downtown Roanoke Main Street, with music by Heartland Sings, family friendly activities, and some Joseph Decuis barbecue! Pre-show activities begin at 5:30 pm and the concert beings at 7:00 pm.
Leo-Cedarville Freedom Fest
Just slightly north of Fort Wayne is the small town of Leo-Cedarville whose Freedom Festival has become a Fourth of July staple. This year's festival will have a variety of activities for children to enjoy, including the Kids Fun Tent with an obstacle course, face painting, games and more. There will also be the Freedom Run 5k, food vendors, live music and entertainment throughout the weekend. The festival will culminate with a dazzling fireworks show at dusk on Saturday, July 2.
Many area lakes put on great displays during the 4th of July weekend for boaters and bystanders alike. Given that July 4th falls on a Monday this year, you'll find firework displays all weekend long. Lakes such as Sylvan Lake in Rome City, Lake James in Angola, Winona Lake in Warsaw and Lake Wawasee in Syracuse will hold their firework displays on Saturday, July 2. Other lakes such as Syracuse Lake in Syracuse will go along with the 4th of July holiday for their big fireworks shows. You can visit individual lake association websites for more information.
Fort Wayne TinCaps
Celebrate the July 4th holiday with the Fort Wayne TinCaps when they take on the South Bend Cubs. Celebrate the America's birthday by taking in America's pastime! The TinCaps almost always have special Fourth of July promotions, and Parkview Field provides a great backdrop for a night of fun. As a special bonus, those attending the TinCaps game will have a prime view of the downtown fireworks from their seats!
Special note: While the downtown Fort Wayne fireworks are planned for 10pm, the exact timing will be determined on the ending of the TinCaps game.
With over 86 parks in Fort Wayne, the 4th of July is a perfect opportunity for you to pack up a picnic basket and enjoy the great outdoors in celebration. Personal favorites are – Lakeside Park, Foster Park, Shoaff Park, or Headwaters Park!
Grab your blanket and set out for a great picnic with friends and family.
Runs & Strolls
Stroll down Broadway in Downtown Fort Wayne, and discover the art, cuisine, breweries, retail businesses, and event venues along Broadway Street. Plus enjoy live music, sweets and more! The stroll begins at 1:00 pm on July 3 at Fancy and Staple and continues down Broadway to Trubble Brewing. Tickets are $11 to visit all locations or $3/$5 for door entry at each location. Walk or ride a bike provided by Fort Wayne Outfitters and celebrate a fun corridor in Fort Wayne!
If you’d like to celebrate the holiday with a little run, participate in the 4 on the 4th Run/Walk along the Rivergreenway. Dress in your best red, white, and blue outfit and kick off your celebration with a Run/Walk through some of the beautiful trails of the Rivergreenway.
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! We'll update this post accordingly.