A few Fishers roads will be closed on Sunday, June 29th from 3 P.M. to approximately 6:30 P.M. due to the annual Fishers Freedom Festival’s Main Parade.  It will be at the Fishers Police Department’s discretion to close the roads a little earlier if the situation warrants it.  Once the parade has completed and parade observers have cleared, all roads will be reopened to the public as soon as possible.

Beginning of ParadeThe roads closed at 3 P.M. are:
•         Lantern Road: Immediately south of 126th Street going south to 116th Street.  Lantern & 126th Street intersection will be open.  Lantern & 116th Street intersection will be closed.

•         The Thomas A. Weaver Memorial Municipal Complex:  All roads closed.  This includes access to Municipal Drive, the Fishers Post Office, the Fishers Public Library, Town Hall, BMV Fishers Branch, Train Station, Fishers Fire Headquarters & Fishers Police Headquarters.

•         116th Street: From immediately west of the Commercial Drive intersection going west through Hague Road.  (The Commercial Drive & 116th Street intersection and the 116th Street & Hague Road intersection will both remain open with police traffic control measures.)

•         Holland Drive: From Holland Park going south to 116th Street.  Holland Drive & 116th Street intersection will be closed.

•         Sunblest: Between Ellipse Blvd and Lantern Road.
FHS BandResidents will have limited access to their neighborhoods off 116th Street within the closed road area, but absolutely no through traffic will be allowed on 116th Street.  Those wanting to access the Fishers Corner Business Park (which includes SuperTarget) and the Northeast Commerce Park (Technology Drive and Visionary Way) can do so only by approaching from 116th Street and Interstate 69 area, then going north onto Commercial Drive.

The Main Parade begins at 4 P.M. at the corner of 116th Street & Lantern Road.  The parade will continue west down 116th Street , turns north on Holland Drive, and finishes at Holland Park.  The parade will not circle Ellipse Parkway.

There are around 80 entries in the Main Parade including the Hamilton Southeastern and Fishers High School Marching Bands, Fishers Fire & Police Departments, the Aaron’s Royal Court, and local groups such as Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, churches, businesses, local personalities, and other civic organizations. Freedom Float

Parade watchers are strongly encouraged to bring non-perishable food items, bottled water, trash bags, gallon size Ziploc bags, toilet tissue, paper towels, dental floss, tooth brushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bar soap, hand sanitizer, body wash, shampoo, conditioner, wash clothes, mops, mop buckets, push brooms, cleaning supplies for floors and walls, diapers, baby wipes, baby formula, or baby food to donate.  These items will be collected during the parade by local scout troops pushing grocery carts in the parade.  Just place your item in the grocery carts.

Food DrivePlease stay off of the street when the parade is in progress (due to motorized vehicles participating in the parade).  Keep a close watch on children and never venture out into the street during the parade to avoid a potentially dangerous situation.  Also, please do not throw water balloons or use super soaker water guns on the parade participants.  These items have caused damage to expensive equipment in the past.

After the Main Parade’s conclusion, “Big Daddy Caddy” band will perform at 6:30 p.m.  This local cover band will perform your favorite popular songs at Holland Park (One Park Drive) before the fireworks begin at dusk.

Back in 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day.  With the help of volunteers, the event originated as a one-day community picnic, parade, and a few games for the children.  Due to the overwhelming participation by the public, this event grew to a two-day event.HSEHS Band - smaller

The mission of the Fishers Freedom Festival is to encourage fellowship through civic partnerships and citizen involvement by creating a safe environment, developing needed community services, promoting family integrity and striving to improve the quality of life for every resident by investing in human potential.

The 26th annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be held on Saturday, June 28 & Sunday, June 29 at Holland Park and is always in need of volunteers, sponsors and advertisers.  For more information on volunteering or about the festival, please email info@fishersfreedomfestival.org, visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.