Celebrate the 4th of July in Kokomo with Haynes-Apperson Festival & Fireworks!

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The Fourth of July holiday brings fun, fireworks, and the annual Haynes-Apperson Festival in Kokomo!  We invite you to join us as we celebrate our community’s history and automotive heritage.  Admission is free.  Enjoy food, rides, car show, cruise-ins, sports, parade, and fantastic outdoor concerts in Downtown Kokomo’s Foster Park on July 4-6, 2013.

All concerts are free, and headliners include Blue Oyster Cult (July 4), Here Come the Mummies (July 5), and Night Ranger (July 6.)  Parade will be held Saturday, July 6 at 2 p.m.  Fireworks will be Saturday night around 10 p.m.  For a  complete schedule of activities, including parade route, amusement ride bracelets, and entertainment line-up, visit www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org.

Also, celebrate the Fourth during the annual fireworks show at the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown on July 4, 2013 at dusk.

For more information on special events, tours, and family fun in Kokomo, go to www.VisitKokomo.org or download the Visit Kokomo Mobile App!

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Celebrate the 4th of July in Kokomo!

The Fourth of July weekend in Kokomo is jam-packed with family fun!  Don’t miss all the great activities going on in the city.  The best part?  It’s all FREE!

Celebrate Kokomo’s legacy of automotive heritage during the Haynes-Apperson Festival in Downtown Kokomo on June 30 through July 2, 2011.  The festival will be open on Thursday & Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday Noon-11 p.m.  Admission is free.  Enjoy carnival rides, food vendors, arts and crafts, and large sports festival.  Don’t miss the free cruise-ins on Thursday and Friday nights from 6-9 p.m. and Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show on Saturday from 4-7 p.m.  Other Saturday highlights include annual parade at 2 p.m. and great fireworks show at 10 p.m.  For complete schedule of events, visit the festival website at www.HaynesAppersonFestival.org

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show in Downtown Kokomo

Don’t forget the fantastic music!  The Haynes-Apperson Festival will have a great line-up of concerts this year, including InsideOut at 6 p.m. and Here Come the Mummies at 8 p.m. on Thursday night.  Friday night concerts include Jessie Brown at 6 p.m., Paul Stout Country at 7:30 p.m., and LoCash Cowboys at 9 p.m.  The Joe Cameron Band will perform at 6:30 p.m. to open for Boyz II Men at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday.  VIP tickets are available at Palmer’s Jewelry, Granson Jewelers, and at the information tent at the festival.  All concerts are free and located on the Courthouse Square in Downtown Kokomo!

In conjunction with the Haynes-Apperson Festival, celebrate Automotive Heritage Days at the Markland Mall now through July 2, 2011.  Kokomo’s first motorized fire engine is on display, a 1915 Ahrens Fox Fire Engine.  Admission is free.    

See daring aerobatics at the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air Show

Next, head to the Kokomo Municipal Airport on Saturday, July 2 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for the Kokomo Wings and Wheels Air Show.  The event will feature the Checkertail Clan’s T-6 Texan, P-51 Mustang, and many other WWII Warbirds.  Also, Greg Aldridge in his Super Chipmunk, Mike Wild in the Super Decathlon, Bob Richards’ amazing Pitts performance, Dick Darlington in his Pitts S2, Al Hoover in his Stearman, and more!  The Air Show will feature jet acts and aerobatics, and there will also be a large static display of classic, antique, hot rod cars, and a skydiving demonstration at 10 a.m.  Tickets will be available for the pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. and lunch from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.  For more details, visit www.KokomoWingsandWheels.net.  

Finally, head to the Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown to enjoy a spectacular fireworks display on Monday, July 4th at dusk.  Of course, during the weekend don’t forget to visit Kokomo’s attractions, museums, and beautiful parks.  For information on lodging, dining, and Kokomo attractions, visit our website  www.VisitKokomo.org.

Kokomo’s 2011 Summer Festivals

The summer festival season is finally here!  Don’t miss all the great family fun in Kokomo this summer, including fantastic live music, delicious food, festive parades, car shows, fireworks & much more!      

Western Days Festival – June 3-5, 2011
Downtown Russiaville – Free Admission
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9am – 11pm & Sun. 11am-5pm 
Food, arts & crafts, car show, antique tractors, music & more.  Grab your boots and head to Western Days for a fun-filled weekend!

RibFest – June 11, 2011
Foster Park in Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: 4 pm – Midnight
Delicious ribs, great food, kid’s activities, live music featuring Danny Seraphine and CTA.  If you enjoy ribs, this is definitely the place to be!

Haynes-Apperson Festival Parade will be July 2, 2011 at 2:00pm

Haynes-Apperson Festival – June 30-July 2, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
Hours: Thurs. & Fri. 5-11pm and Sat. Noon-11pm
Definitely something for everyone!  Food, vendors, car show, cruise-ins, parade, sports festival, quarter midget racing, live music by Here Come the Mummies (June 30), LoCash Cowboys (July 1) & Boyz II Men (July 2), fireworks & more!  Visit website for complete schedule.

Howard County 4-H Fair – July 11-16, 2011
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – Free Admission
4-H exhibits & animals, Pioneer Village, food & craft vendors, carnival rides, live music by Phil Dirt and the Dozers and Branded Bluegrass, motorcycle racing, antique tractors & more.

Grillmasters Barbeque Challenge – August 20, 2011 
Downtown Kokomo – Free Admission
During this all day event kicking off the Taste of Kokomo, teams will compete in Barbeque Cook-Off.  People’s Choice voting Noon-3pm with tickets.  Awards will be given at 4pm.

Families enjoy the Taste of Kokomo in Downtown Kokomo

Taste of Kokomo – August 20, 2011
Downtown Kokomo – Admission $3
Hours: 4-11 pm
Enjoy tastes of appetizers, entrees, desserts & drinks from over 30 local restaurants and eateries, live music from eight bands, kid’s activities & many new features during this annual Kokomo tradition. 

NEW! Winding Creek Bluegrass Festival – August 26-28, 2011
Wildcat Valley in Western Howard County
Hours: Fri. 4-11pm, Sat. 9am-11pm & Sun. 9am-4pm
Admission: Fri. $10, Sat. $20, Sun. $10 – Kids 10 & under free
Experience a true bluegrass music festival, including performances by Goldwing Express, Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show, Kenny Stinson & Perfect Tym’n, Branded Bluegrass & many others!  Also, workshops, antique tractors, artist crafts, homemade ice cream & more.               

For more information on Kokomo festivals, call the Kokomo Visitors Bureau at 800-837-0971 or check out the Calendar of Events. 

Kokomo’s July 4th Weekend Events

Visit Kokomo to celebrate the Fourth of July holiday weekend.  From car shows and carnival rides to an air show and fireworks, there is something for the entire family to enjoy!

Haynes-Apperson Parade - July 3 at 2 p.m.

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3, 2010
Come to downtown Kokomo for a fun-filled weekend! 
Hours: Thursday & Friday 5-11 p.m. and Saturday Noon-11 p.m.
Food vendors, carnival rides, sports festival, cruise-in & much more!
Parade – Saturday 2 p.m.
Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show – Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Quarter Midget Racing – Saturday 4:30 p.m.
Fireworks – Saturday 10 p.m.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Festival Entertainment Lineup:
Thursday – Paul Stout Country, Cook & Belle & LoCash Cowboys
Friday – Inside Out, Wang Chung & LoverBoy
Saturday – Token Blue, Joe Cameron Band & Amanda Overmyer
All concerts are FREE!  VIP tickets on sale for only $20 each. 
Visit the website for the full schedule of events!

See Ed Escallon & his PT-19 at the 2010 Air Show

Kokomo Wings & Wheels Air Show – July 3, 2010
All activities held at the Kokomo Airport
Pancake Breakfast – 7-11 a.m.  (tickets available at the door)
FREE Air Show – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Antique & hotrod cars and motorcycles, static plane display, air show acrobatics, concession stand, face painting, kid’s bounce houses & more!
Visit the website for the full list of events.

4th of July Fireworks
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown – July 4 at dusk
Kokomo Speedway – Enjoy a night of street stocks, thunder cars, sprint cars & fireworks – July 4 (qualifying races start around 5:30 p.m.)

Need to cool off while enjoying all the great holiday events?  Kokomo Beach Family Aquatic Center will be open all weekend!  Hours are Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. & Sunday 12 – 7 p.m. 

For more information on Kokomo lodging, events, and attractions, visit our website www.visitkokomo.org or call 800-837-0971.

2010 Kokomo Summer Festivals

Visit Kokomo to get your fill of food, music, fireworks, and great family fun at one of our fantastic summer festivals!  Starting this weekend with the Western Days Festival, enjoy non-stop fun throughout the summer festival season in Kokomo and Howard County.  I can hardly wait for my first elephant ear and lemon shake-up!  Here is a preview of the festival line-up this summer.

Western Days Festival – June 4-6
Downtown Russiaville (8 miles west of Kokomo)
Hours: Fri. 3-11 pm, Sat. 9 am – 11 pm & Sun. 11 am – 5 pm
Celebrating 150 years of the “Pony Express”, this annual festival has it all — craft vendors, tons of festival food, car show, parade, antique tractor show, carnival rides, demonstrations, live music, contests, and fireworks.

Kokomo RibFEST

Kokomo RibFEST – June 12
Downtown Kokomo – 4:00 pm – Midnight
Even the largest appetite is no match for the endless variety of ribs, pulled pork, and other great food offered during RibFEST!  Live music, kid’s activities, a beer garden, and contests will also fill the evening.

Haynes-Apperson Festival Car Show

Haynes-Apperson Festival – July 1-3
Downtown Kokomo
Hours: Thurs & Fri. 5-11 pm and Sat. Noon – Midnight
This annual festival celebrates Kokomo’s proud automotive heritage and as the Home of America’s First Car (invented by Elwood Haynes in 1894.)  Enjoy car shows, food, crafts, carnival rides, fantastic bands, sports tournaments, large parade, and fireworks!  Some of the entertainers this year include LoverBoy, Amanda Overmyer, Wang Chung, LoCash Cowboys, and the Joe Cameron Band.

Howard County Fair – July 12-17
Howard County Fairgrounds in Greentown
Festival-goers will get their fill of food, great music, carnival rides, vendors, 4-H animals & exhibits, stunt driving entertainment, antique tractors, Pioneer Village demonstrations & much more.  Visit their website for a full schedule of events!

Taste of Kokomo

The Taste of Kokomo – August 21
Downtown Kokomo – 5:00-11:00 pm
Great food is the highlight of this popular festival!  Kokomo restaurants will feature a variety of local specialties, including appetizers, entrees, and desserts!  A variety of bands will perform throughout the night.  A beer garden and kid’s activities will also be offered.  A great way to try a little taste of it all!

For more information on Kokomo festivals, call 800-837-0971 or check out the Kokomo Calendar of Events on our website.