Porch parties have long been a tradition in Indianapolis for the Indy 500 weekend.  Here's how Indianapolis is "porching" — and how you can, too.

This weekend would have been the 104th running of the Indy 500, with a crowd of 300,000 watching the world’s largest single-day sporting event. But for the first time since World War II, the speedway will be silent over Memorial Day, with the race postponed to Aug. 23.

Still, that’s not expected to stop a local tradition called porching, where residents who don’t go to the track hold porch parties around the city—so popular that sometimes celebrities have popped into the events.

The Visit Indy team put together a fun list of ideas for hosting an Indy 500 porch party at home (#500AtHome). Even if you’re not a race fan, you might find some inspiration for your own porch party on Memorial Day or later this summer, such as:

    • Order snacks and brews to go from your favorite local restaurant. (Or try making one of our easy dips, snack mixes or summer appetizers.)
    • Decorate the porch with finds from local florists. (If you’re into the Indy 500, Visit Indy’s story has plenty of ideas on where to get race décor).
    • Make a themed playlist for Spotify.
    • Break out the lawn games.

And of course, be sure to follow all local and national guidelines for health and safety.

You may not be able to host as large a group as in years past, but don’t let that stop the fun!

Visit Indy Porch Party
Credit: Courtesy of Visit Indy
Visit Indy porch party
Credit: Courtesy of Visit Indy