Published On: Thu, Jun 23rd, 2016

20,000 Shells Set for Indiana’s Largest Independence Day Weekend Celebrations

Hoosier Park, Indiana Grand Welcome Community for Fireworks Shows and Free Family-Friendly Entertainment

20,000 Shells Set for Indiana’s Largest Independence Day Weekend CelebrationsSHELBYVILLE and ANDERSON, Ind. – June 23, 2016 Indiana Grand Racing & Casino and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will host two free Independence Day weekend celebrations, complete with professional fireworks shows comprised of more than 20,000 shells and running for 35 minutes. The two celebrations will take place at Indiana Grand Racing & Casino on Sunday, July 3 beginning at 6 p.m. and Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Monday, July 4 beginning at 7 p.m. Both locations will offer free concerts and culminate at dusk with a high-energy, professionally produced fireworks spectacular set to music.

Each evening, licensed pyrotechnicians will send more than 10,000 shells and effects into the night’s sky in both locations, 1,000 of which will be fired in a finale culminating Indiana’s two largest fireworks spectaculars. Indiana Grand and Hoosier Park’s shows will once again feature nearly 100 8-inch and 10-inch shells, producing the largest and loudest fireworks displays in Indiana. In addition to the over-sized shells will be the use of a water firework effect in which multiple floating fireworks ignite and send streams of fire up from the lakes encircled by both of the locations’ racetracks.

Both 35-minute fireworks shows will feature a soundtrack that includes a series of hits from the likes of Willie Nelson, Pitbull, ZZ Top, Prince, Little Big Town, Luke Bryan, Justin Timberlake, Kid Rock and Stevie Wonder.

This marks the fourth year the two racetrack casinos have teamed up to offer Indiana residents and visitors a unique experience for Independence Day entertainment. Family-friendly entertainment options leading up to the fireworks shows will include live horse racing, patriotic bead giveaways as well as games and activities. Multiple dining options, offering all-American classics, will be available at both locations.

The free concert lineup for each location is as follows:

Indiana Grand Racing & Casino – Sunday, July 3

  • The Hootz – beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • Devonshires (Covering hits by The Beatles, The Monkees, and more.)– beginning at 8:30 p.m.

Hoosier Park Racing & Casino – Monday, July 4

  • Haley Jonay – 7 p.m.
  • The Hootz – beginning at 7:30 p.m.
  • Bruce in the USA (Nationally touring Bruce Springsteen tribute act) – beginning at 8:45 p.m.

For the fourth year, the American Fireworks Company from Hudson, Ohio will produce the fireworks shows. The family-owned pyrotechnics company, in its seventh generation, has been in business since 1902 and holds the distinction of participating in the record-setting fireworks show in Dubai on New Year’s Eve 2013.

Chairs and picnic tables will be available throughout both venues for convenience. Outside food and drinks are prohibited. Guests are welcome to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for additional comfort.  Family-friendly entrances are available through the racetrack main entrances of both properties.

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