With thoughts of fireworks lighting up the night sky, hot dogs and burgers being cooked on the grill, and the calendar turning to July, one thing is for sure–the Fourth of July is rapidly approaching. If you are looking for something to do during the Independence Day Weekend, the South Bend area has plenty of things going on that the entire family will enjoy.
Fireworks in The Bend
What is Independence Day without fireworks? Here are a few of the spectacular firework shows in the area throughout the week to celebration Independence Day!
- June 30 | St. Joseph County Fairgrounds | Dusk
- June 30 | Four Winds Field | Postgame
- July 1 | St. Joseph County Fairgrounds | Dusk
- July 1 | Central Park |10:15pm
- July 2 | St. Joseph County Fairgrounds | Dusk
- July 2 | Four Winds Field | Postgame
- July 3 | Four Winds Field | Postgame
- July 4 | Four Winds Field | Postgame
- July 7 | Island Park – Century Center | Dusk
- July 8 | St. Joseph County Fairgrounds | Dusk
Downtown South Bend Summer Restaurant Week
JUNE 26 – JULY 9 | DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND
There is still time to take advantage of Summer Restaurant Week in South Bend and taste all the delicious food there is to experience in downtown South Bend. Through July 9th, 17 participating restaurants will serve up value-priced menus at $11, $22, or $33. And approximately 10% of the proceeds from each meal purchased during Summer Restaurant Week will go to support Beacon Children’s Hospital. Learn more about the participating restaurants and their deals.
South Bend Cubs
JUNE 30 – JULY 6 | FOUR WINDS FIELD
The South Bend Cubs are in town to celebrate the Fourth of July. Come to Four Winds Field to watch the Cubs take on the Lansing Lugnuts and the Great Lakes Loons with four chances to see a postgame fantastic fireworks show. The Cubs will also be wearing special patriotic uniforms in honor of Independence Day from July 2 – 4.
JUNE 30 – JULY 8 | ST. JOSEPH COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS
Bring your whole family out to St. Joseph County Fairgrounds for the 4H Fair. There will be carnival rides, parades, live music, contests, and more. Check out the full schedule of events.
Mishawaka Independence Day Celebration
JULY 1 | MISHAWAKA PARKS
This free, all-day event will feature live music, children’s games and activities, a family fun run, food, arts and crafts, and more at Central, Beutter, and Kamm Island Parks to celebrate Independence Day!
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship at RedBud
JULY 1 | BUCHANAN, MI
Round 6 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship makes its way through Buchanan, Michigan on July 1 and runs all day. This annual motocross race brings pros, amateurs and fans from all over the country. Just a short 26 minute drive from downtown South Bend, this motocross extravaganza is a “can’t miss.”
White Water Rafting
JULY 1 – 2 | EAST RACE WATERWAY
South Bend has the first artificial white water rafting course in North America. With waves up to six feet or higher and a total fall of about 12 feet, the East Race Waterway is built for thrills. Open July 1 – 2, you can go down the rapids in a raft (provided) with others or try your hand at going down in a kayak (bring your own).
East Race Concert Series
JULY 2 | SEITZ PARK
On Sunday, July 2, from 4:00pm – 10:00pm go to Seitz Park in South Bend to hear some great live music. 3rd SeSSion performs from 4:00pm – 7:00pm and Billy “Stix” Nicks and the Motown Machine performs 7:00pm – 10:00pm.
Red, White, and 2
JULY 4 | SKY ZONE – MISHAWAKA
Visit Sky Zone in Mishawaka on the Fourth of July for a buy one, get one free special. Buy ANY Open Jump ticket & get a second one for your friend free of equal or lesser value.
First Fridays: Around the World
JULY 7 | DOWNTOWN SOUTH BEND
On Friday, July 7, another installment of First Fridays is back in downtown South Bend from 5:00pm – 9:00pm. The theme for the July First Friday is “Around the World” so downtown will be celebrating cultural diversity within The Bend. You will be able to taste international dishes at local restaurants and shop for global goods at local retailers. In addition, there will be live music and dancing throughout downtown South Bend.
Meet Me on the Island
JULY 7 | ISLAND PARK – CENTURY CENTER
On Friday, July 7, from 5:30pm – 10:00pm, kick off the Fourth of July Weekend with art, music, refreshments, and mingling at Meet Me on the Island on Island Park at Century Center. Enjoy live entertainment, shop local art, and soak up the glorious river view.