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July 1, 2014

Fireworks and 'America's Got Talent' contestants to entertain Indy

Two free Willis Clan Concerts and Area’s Most Spectacular Fireworks shows highlight July Fourth weekend celebrations in Indy.

With their recent performance on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” The Willis Clan had the hit television show’s panel of celebrity judges singing their praises and ultimately voting the Nashville-based group through to the next round. The family band, comprised of 12 siblings singing a mix of Irish folk and contemporary country music, will perform free concerts at two of the Indianapolis-area’s larger Independence Day weekend celebrations. The two celebrations are open to the public of all ages and will take place at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson on July 4 and Indiana Grand Racing & Casino in Shelbyville on July 5. In addition to the free concerts, both events will include a 30-minute fireworks show synchronized to music beginning at approximately 10 p.m.

Each evening, fireworks technicians will send a total of 10,000 shells and effects into the night’s sky in both locations, 1,000 of which will be fired in the last 30 seconds to create the largest fireworks finales in the Indianapolis-area. Unique to Hoosier Park and Indiana Grand this year will be the use of a new water firework effect in which multiple floating fireworks will ignite and send streams of fire up from the lakes encircled by both of the locations’ racetracks.

Both 30-minute fireworks shows will feature a soundtrack including a series of 45 hits from the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Pitbull, Heart, AC/DC, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty, Lee Greenwood, Pharrell Williams, and Florida Georgia Line. Working with American Fireworks Company technicians, Centaur Gaming management helped choreograph and edit the soundtrack to match each song to a corresponding moment and effect in the show.

This marks the second 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, free face painting, games and activities, roaming live entertainment, and special giveaways. Multiple dining options, offering all-American classics, will be available at both locations. Festivities begin at Hoosier Park at 5 p.m. on July 4 and at Indiana Grand at 4:30 p.m. on July 5.

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