Freedom Fest, the fireworks display in downtown Indianapolis that was canceled during the pandemic last year, returns with a new location.
The 21-minute show begins July 4th at 10 p.m. and starts in the office building at 500 N. Meridian Street. It is synchronized with the music of the local radio stations B105.7 and 97.1 Hank FM.
“We are excited to bring back one of our cherished July 4th traditions,” Mayor Joe Hogsett said in a statement. “This year we can celebrate the independence of our country, the bicentenary of our city and our ongoing comeback from the COVID-19 pandemic, driven by more and more residents who are getting vaccinated.”
It’s a change in the location for the display that has been shot down from the Regions Tower for more than 50 years. Downtown Indy, Inc. had to identify a new launch site this year due to the residential development near the tower.
Downtown Indy worked with city officials and the Indianapolis Fire Department to find a new location.
“Fire regulations require a safe,” fall-out “perimeter that is free from homes and hotels and other similar spaces, including homeless shelters and prisons,” said Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy, in a statement. “In addition, there should be large-scale air fireworks at a safe audible distance from our beloved zoo and the animals in their care.”
Stenz Corp., which manages 500 North Meridian, offered the location.
“This is great news for our community as we continue the #BackDurbanIndy campaign,” said Seiwert in a statement. “Of course, the rest of downtown was our main focus on getting residents and visitors excited again for the liveliness of our city center. Working with Visit Indy and city guides brought us to this moment. Fireworks on the Fourth in the heart of downtown for everyone is the perfect summer event that people can enjoy in safe, socially distant spaces and in downtown locations. “
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