OK, so the downtown celebration of the Fourth on the American Legion Mall has been cancelled: the ice cream social's still on -- rain or shine! From 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can party like its 1888 at the President Benjamin Harrison Memorial Home, 1230 North Delaware Street, Indianapolis.
In addition to Blue Bell ice cream (a scoop included with each person’s price of admission) and a walk-through of the home, event will offer re-enactors, including Thomas Jefferson and a Civil War soldier, live music, Silly Safaris’ live animals, and a variety of Victorian games, including croquet. Children will receive a Passport to History, which will guide their search for historical figures and members of Benjamin Harrison’s household to earn the “stamps” for a prize.
The charge for adults is $10; children (ages 5 to 17) are $4, and children 4-and-under get in free.
On the 4th of July in 1888, Benjamin Harrison gave his nomination acceptance speech from his Indianapolis home, which would become his Presidential campaign headquarters and the backdrop for his front porch campaign speeches.