Things to Do in Bloomington This 4th of July Weekend

Don’t have anything to do for the 4th of July weekend yet? That’s okay, we’ve got you covered.

If you love fireworks, like LOVE fireworks, there are plenty of opportunities to watch them and most of them are free. Think: every day from July 1-July 4.

On July 1st, see “Fireworks at the Fairgrounds” at the Monroe County Fairgrounds, which features a fireworks display, a classic car show, food, and entertainment. The event is located at 5700 W. Airport Road and begins at 5 p.m. The event is free and donations will be accepted.

Or, there are fireworks at Lake Lemon on July 2nd. The annual event begins at 9:45 p.m. and is located at 7599 N. Tunnel Road in Unionville, IN. The event is free.

Or, there are even more fireworks in case the July 1 and 2 don’t fit your schedule. The Southside Christian Church’s Fireworks Show takes place on July 3rd at 500 E. Empire Mill Road. The event is free and begins at 7 p.m. with food; fireworks begin at dusk.

Or, what if that doesn’t work? Don’t worry, There are even more fireworks. There is a fireworks show at Fourwinds Lakeside Inn & Marina at Lake Monroe on July 3rd. The fireworks begin at 10 p.m., and costs $7/vehicle with an Indiana license plate or $9/vehicle with an out-of-state license plate.

Or, what if, you only like watching fireworks on July 4th? Like, it’s a deal-breaker for you if the fireworks aren’t on the actual holiday? It’s okay because there’s a fireworks show on the 4th. The Ellettsville Annual Fireworks Show begins at dusk at the Edgewood High School football field located at 601 Edgewood Drive, Ellettsville, IN. The event is free, but donations are accepted.

But what if you don’t like fireworks? Don’t fret – I found a non-fireworks event. If you’re looking for a traditional 4th of July, there’s no better event than the annual Fourth of July Parade. The parade, hosted by Bloomington Parks and Recreation and Downtown Bloomington, Inc., features bands, musical groups, cars, and floats. It begins at 10 a.m. on 7th St. and ends on Kirkwood Ave and is free.

Or, maybe you’re just not festive. That’s okay. If you want a more educational 4th of July, the Allens Creek State Recreation Area is hosting a Flora Field Day. Led by a naturalist, the session works to improve participants’ flora identification skills using an ID key. The event is free and recommended for ages 12 and up. No prior experience is required. Register for the event by July 1st:

So get out there and make this the best weekend ever!

Photo: Pinter Balint|









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