Area 4th of July Events & Activities

Where to see fireworks around Elkhart County

It just wouldn’t be Independence Day without fireworks. If you plan correctly, you can see several Fourth of July fireworks shows in one week because not all community fireworks are actually on July 4.

Here’s our list (generally all fireworks shows start at, or shortly after, dusk):

– Elkhart, Central Park, July 3
– Nappanee, Stauffer Park, July 4
– Topeka, 509 East Lake, July 4
– Goshen, Airport, July 6

For an alternative celebration, Amish Acres offers an Old Fashioned Independence Day event that happens in conjunction with the city of Nappanee’s activities.

Elkhart County and Topeka Independence Day Fireworks Schedule (July 3 – 4)

July 3 – Elkhart

Come view Elkhart’s fireworks display from Central Park in downtown Elkhart. The Incredible Johnsons will perform at 7:30 with fireworks at dusk. Food vendors will also be available. Rain date will be July 4. Call 574.295.7275 for more details.

July 4 – Nappanee

Celebrate the 4th of July at Stauffer Park in Nappanee. This fun filled day includes a parade, the Junior Olympics,face painting, fireworks, tailgate toss tournament, Nappanee’s Got Talent, and much more.  The fun starts at 8 am; fireworks begin at dusk.  Call 574.773.2112 for more details.
Nappanee’s 4th of July Events Detail (PDF)

July 4 – Topeka

Road race, food, parade, puppet show, kids games, softball tourney, draft horse pull and big fireworks. Parade at 5 pm; fireworks at dark.  509 East Lake.  Call 260.593.2252 for more details.


Additional Independence Holiday Activities


Independence Day Extended Flea Market
Shipshewana Flea Market, Shipshewana  |  July  4

The Midwest’s Largest Flea Market is open July 4 for Independence Day from 8 am to 4 pm. The Shipshewana Flea Market is a do-not-miss Hoosier tradition with nearly 900 booths in an open-air market covering 100 acres. General parking is $3 per vehicle.

260.768.4129 |


Elkhart River Queen July 4th Flotilla Public Cruise
110 Bowers Court, Elkhart  |  July 4

The Elkhart River Queen will be hosting a July 4th Flotilla Cruise on Thursday, July 4th.

The Queen will sail up stream to the Six Span Bridge where she will start and lead the flotilla downstream to Martin’s landing where prizes for the best decorated boats will be awarded.


Celebrate the Fourth on the Farm
Amish Acres, Nappanee  |  July 4

Special events throughout the farm including a picnic buffet, patriotic readings around the flag pole, games for the kids, and demonstrations of forgotten domestic crafts. Please call for details.

800.800.4942 |

574.539.6157  |


America’s Freedom Fest
Goshen Municipal Airport, Goshen  |  July 6

America’s Freedom Fest is an airshow fireworks event that you won’t find anywhere else. In addition to the region’s largest fireworks display, you’ll find F-22 military jets, warbirds, Shockwave jet trucks, great food, and more. Come out for this event that combines the excitement of the Freedom Fest Airshow and celebrate with fireworks. Gates open at 1pm. Show starts at 6pm. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids.



Dusk – East Park Pavilion | July 4 
Road race, food, parade, puppet show, kids games, softball tourney, draft horse pull and big fireworks. Parade at 5 p.m.; fireworks at dark. 509 East Lake. Call 260.593.2252 for more details.

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