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10. CarmelFest

Reptile and freak shows, blues bands and Celtic singers, Frisbee-catching wonder dogs — the Rotary Club of Carmel presents dozens of events over two days. The St. Vincent Heart Center of Indiana Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. Monday south of Carmel Drive on AAA Way. Indianapolis police officer and grand marshal Jason Fishburn will lead a pack of re-enactors from the Revolutionary War, the Civil War and World Wars I and II. The weekend closes Monday with a fireworks show at 9:45 p.m.

» Details: Noon to 10 p.m. Sunday; noon to 10:45 p.m. Monday, 1 Civic Square, Carmel. Admission is free; (317) 571-2400 or

11. Westfield Rocks the 4th

While Duke Tumatoe and The Power Trio may be headlining the festival at 8:15 p.m. Sunday, the event has much to offer as early as 11 a.m., when the Headliner Car Show rolls in. A battle of the bands, featuring six area acts, kicks off at noon, and the Ride for Prostate Cancer will be hosting its BIKE IT! fundraiser in the afternoon.

» Details: 11 a.m. (with fireworks at 9:45 p.m.) Sunday, Asa Bales Park, 132 W. Main St., Westfield. Free; (317) 867-2880 or

12. Marsh Symphony on the Prairie: Star Spangled Symphony

Bring lawn chairs and picnic baskets, or reserve tables for this popular annual concert. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra will perform patriotic favorites. Per tradition, Tchaikovsky’s “1812” Overture will have artillery accompaniment. A fireworks show concludes the evening.

» Details: 8 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday (Gates open at 4:30 p.m.). $26 in advance or $29 at the gate for those older than 12, $10 in advance or $12 at the gate for ages 2 to 12; (317) 639-4300 or

13. Brownsburg Fourth of July Extravaganza

For patriotic stamina, this six-day Lions Club event (which started Wednesday and runs through Sunday) takes the cake. Highlights include a Celebration of the American Revolution Parade (starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Odell Street) and a fireworks show shortly after 10 p.m. Sunday. Other activities — carnival rides, music and food — are offered nightly.

» Details: 5:30 to 11 p.m. today and Friday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday; 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Arbuckle Acres Park, 200 N. Green St. Free; (317) 852-2386, ext. 2343.

14. Zionsville July 4 Celebration

With a bounce house and climbing walls for kids, and live music at 6 p.m. from The Marlins for the adults, Zionsville’s July 4th Celebration has everyone covered. Fireworks kick off at dusk, but the real sparkler is the newly crowned Miss Indiana, Gabrielle Reed, who will perform and sign autographs.

» Details: 4 p.m. Sunday (gates open) Lions Park, 115 S. Elm St., Zionsville. Free admission, but Lions Club parking is $5; (317) 733-2273 or

15. July 4th Fireworks Festival

Noblesville’s Fourth of July has a “hometown heritage” theme. The festival starts with an early-evening parade on 16th Street; other activities such as a classic car show, cornhole tournament and kids’ zone will keep people occupied until the fireworks start at 10 p.m. Live music from Jayne Bond and the Pink Martinis.

» Details: 5 to 11 p.m. Sunday, Noblesville High School, 18111 Cumberland Road, Noblesville. Free; (317) 776-6367 or www

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