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Fourth of July Celebration

July 4, 2016

Special Programs and Exhibits

Create Your Own Flag, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eli Lilly Hall: Show off your Hoosier spirit! Create a paper American or Indiana flag to wave during the parade or concert.

History Hunt, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Building Wide: Grab a card from the Welcome Center and make your way through our exhibits to find out how Hoosiers have showed their patriotic spirit or celebrated the Fourth of July. Complete your card and return to the Welcome Center for a special prize.

I'm a History FAN, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Eli Lilly Hall: July can be hot and still in the Hoosier state. Decorate your own festive paper fan to cool you off under the hot sun as you listen to the music on the Canal.

Faces in the Crowd, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Eli Lilly Hall: This pop-up exhibit explores the the stories of everyday voters – each of whom plays a crucial role in ensuring the electoral process works. Without voters' support, enthusiasm and engagement, candidates would not be able to get the message out and win votes.

"1945: The Citizens Market," 10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Basile Theater: This brief play is based on our first You Are There exhibit and is a snapshot of what World War II looked like at home, when everyday people did what they could to boost morale and help achieve victory.

"Bicycling in Indiana" and "T.C. Steele," 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Library: Visit the Library on the second level to see collections materials on display.

Special Fourth of July Concerts

Monday, July 4:   Indianapolis Municipal Band (5 to 6:15 p.m.)  Patriotic tunes and marches

                                Tad Robinson (7:30 to 9:30 p.m.) Blend of Americana, Soul and Roots

July Concerts on the Canal 

Thursday, July 7:  Greta Speaks – Rock and pop classics 

Thursday, July 14:  Brenda Williams – Classic R&B hits from the '60s and '70s

Thursday, July 21:  IUPUI Jazz Ensemble/David Mannell with Laura Hammer-Erhart, Becky Barton and                                    Heather Hinton – Bicentennial jazz tribute and nostalgic favorites                            

Thursday, July 28: The Bishops  – Party songs you love to dance to

Don't forget: Free admission Thursdays and $2 Bicentennial Tuesdays!


Free seating is available on the grassy area on the Canal Walk. Tables for 8 are $50, $40 for members. Tables for 4 are $40, $30 for members. Single seats at a community table are $10, $8 for members. Half- and full-season packages are available. Event reservations are valid for the date and/or event of issue; no rain checks will be permitted.

Food and Beverage Service

The Stardust Terrace Café, outdoor grill and cash bar open at 5 p.m. (4 p.m. on July 4) Guests may bring their own food and nonalcoholic beverages to the concerts. All alcohol must be purchased and consumed on site.

Special Note

In the event of inclement weather, concerts will be slightly delayed or moved indoors to the Frank and Katrina Basile Theater. If moved indoors, no food or drink will be permitted in the theater and accommodations can only be made for guests who have purchased tickets prior to the concert date.

No pets and no smoking are allowed on the terrace.

* The city fireworks show cannot be seen from the Kruse Family Stardust Terrace (the view is obstructed by downtown buildings). Upon conclusion of the concert at 9:30 p.m., guests are welcome to view the fireworks from the History Center parking lot or along the Canal Walk.

For reservations, contact the Welcome Center at (317) 232-1882 or follow the Reserve link below.

In partnership with IUPUI Department of Music and Arts Technology

Free admission made possible by Franciscan St. Francis Logo Total Restoration Logo
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