"Downtown, there is a lot happening for the Fourth of July. Parking meters are free that day in honor of the holiday.
The biggest draw will, of course, be the Regions Bank Freedom Blast fireworks beginning at approximately 9:45 p.m. You can see the display from just about any place downtown. For more information, call 317-221-6000.
Before the fireworks, a family-friendly option is the Annual Canal FamilyFest from 4-9:30 p.m. in the Ohio Basin area. There will be face painters, balloon artists, stilt-walking jugglers, magicians, food vendors and more. The event is free; call 317-347-0180 for more info.
The Indiana State Museum will host Independence in Indiana from 4:30-9 p.m. on the Canal Walk. Museum visitors can enjoy a special celebration including family-oriented activities. Log on to www.indianamuseum.org for more information.
At the Eiteljorg Museum, family-focused activities will take place outdoors along the canal from 4:30-9 p.m., including panning for gold, buffalo chip tossing, leather stamping and jewelry-making, plus storytelling from 5-6 p.m. and live music from the Roundups from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Log on to www.eiteljorg.org for more information.
The Indianapolis Propylaeum (1410 N. Delaware St.) will host the 14th Annual July 4 Family Celebration beginning at 6 p.m. Enjoy food and family activities. Call 317-638-7881 for more information. Admission is $5; free for ages 18 and under when accompanied by an adult.
Join WFMS at the Indiana War Memorial for the Hometown Heroes Homecoming. The free patriotic, family celebration begins at 6 p.m. and includes special guest speakers and military troops telling their stories from Afghanistan and Iraq. Phillip Steven and the Open Road and The United States Air Force Band of Flight will provide music. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and a picnic or buy food on-site. Stop by the air-conditioned tent to write a special thank you to soldiers currently serving. Bring your bag of aluminum cans to the event and drop them off at the OmniSource Metals Recycling booth. All monies raised from recycling that day will go to charity. For more information, go to www.wfms.com.