Independence Day Weather Statistics at Indianapolis

Perhaps the enjoyment of no other holiday is more weather-dependent than Independence Day.  While the Thanksgiving and Christmas seasons provide plenty of opportunities for nasty weather to snarl traffic on the ground and in the air, delaying an already busy travel time, a little snow, ice, and cold can even add to the enjoyment of those holidays by providing a bucolic backdrop for togetherness and enjoyment of those holidays with friends and loved ones.

However, when it comes to the Fourth of July, hardly anyone enjoys the curveballs weather can throw their way; whether the weather brings an oppressive summer heat wave, a cool dreary day, or even showers and thunderstorms to ruin parades, cookouts, and fireworks.

There will be no such problems this July 4, as the weather looks fantastic. Highs on Friday will be in the middle and upper 70s with lots of sunshine!

Here are a few Independence Day weather statistics for the period of record at Indianapolis (1871-2013).  143 Independence Days have come and gone since weather records began at Indianapolis.


High Temperature:  84.9 degrees
Low Temperature:  65.4 degrees
Precipitation:  0.24 inches


Warmest:  103 in 1911
Coolest (Record Low Max):  70 degrees in 2009
(71 degrees in 2008 - two consecutive record cool years)
Wettest:  2.40" in 1957 


Dry Fourth:  74 times (52%)
Wet Fourth:  69 times (48%)
One Inch or More Precip:  12 times (8%)
90+ Degrees:  39 times (27%)

High < 80 Degrees:  26 times (18%)

The temperature has only gotten into the triple digits twice on Independence Day, in 1911 and just two years ago in 2012.

 Happy Fourth of July from all of us at NWS Indianapolis!

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