Fair weather prevailed and throngs of Zionsville residents turned out for the Zionsville Lions Clubs' All-American Fourth of July Celebration in Lions Park.
The festival opened with food, music and Celebration Central inflatable activities at 5 p.m., with fireworks at dusk. WDJ Blazing Traxx will provide music and the Boys and Girls Club of Boone County offered other activities.
Although the forecast suggested a storm was possible, the skies stayed mostly clear, and — although temperatures were toasty — a slight breeze helped during the heat of the day.
Lions Club President John Wilkins said the weather was even better than the year before, as events got underway Thursday afternoon.
"I think it's going very well," Wilkins said, as he surveyed the park grounds from the pavilion, where opening ceremonies had been held.
Wilkins said the Zionsville's Lions Club is the state's largest with nearly 160 members, adding "and this event requires most of them."
A member of the Zionsville Club for four years, Wilkins said he is struck by the willingness of club members to pitch in for the club's numerous events each year.
"We never have a problem getting volunteers. I'm amazed at the community within the Lions CLub; that's just the spirit of the club," he said. "And that reflects the spirit of the Zionsville community."
Earlier that afternoon, Wilkins interviewed Miss Fall Festival's Outstanding Teen Olivia Broadwater, from Zionsville, as well as the newly crowned Miss Indiana Tiarra Taylor, and Miss Indiana's Outstanding Teen Hadley Abram, in their first official appearances.
At 7 p.m., the official opening ceremonies included a color guard from Boy Scout Troop 358, Broadwater singing "God Bless America," Taylor singing The National Anthem, and Abram leading the crowd in The Pledge of Allegiance.