28th Annual CarmelFest Kicks Off July 3

Festivities conclude night of July 4 with the fireworks show

Writer / Allison Yates
Photography provided by Zach Dobson Photography

Carmel gears up for its 28th annual Independence Day celebration CarmelFest on July 3 from 3:00 p.m. to 10:30pm and July 4 from noon to 10:30 p.m. Presented by the Rotary Club of Carmel, the all-volunteer run festival is held at Civic Square, Southwest of S. Range Line Road and North of Carmel Drive.

Get ready to join more than 50,000 festival-goers as they enjoy great food, entertainment and activities, and don’t forget to sport your most festive America gear.

The CarmelFest grows yearly, explains Thaddeus Rex, co-chair of the CarmelFest marketing committee, but they’ll still feature signature events such as the Wright Brothers performance at 7:30 p.m. at the Geico Gazebo Stage on Monday, July 3.

The Indy Eleven “Hats Off to America” parade returns again this year at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, showcasing bands, motorcycles, Colts Cheerleaders and, this year, to the delight of a sweet-toothed public, candy will be part of the parade again after a hiatus.

Spend the holiday enjoying the games and food, and don’t miss the chance to sit under the stars and watch the long-awaited fireworks show presented by Centier Bank on July 4 at 9:45 p.m., signifying the end of the celebrations.

The festival also includes a Freedom Run, starting at 8:00 a.m. on July 4, starting at Carmel High School, and a vocal competition — the Indy Connect CarmelFest Has Talent. Catch the semi-finals on July 3 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. and the finals on July 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., both on the Geico Gazebo stage.

For more information on schedules, events and parking visit carmelfest.net.

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