With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., the 26th annual Fishers Freedom Festival has something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  This free admission family event will host around 130 juried fine art & craft sites, 80 business booths, 30 food vendors, and 20 free games booths.  Activities include fireworks, 5K event, firefighter combat challenge, live music, K-9 demonstrations, children’s tent, teen tent with music, children’s entertainment, disc dog competitions, kiddie run, children’s parade, main parade, street dance, silent auction, blood drive, rock climbing, dunk tank and so much more.  New this year is a 30’ high zip line and viral photo booth.2005 Disc Dog Competition

There will be free parking at New Britton Elementary (8660 East 131st Street), the Fishers Municipal Complex (One Municipal Drive) and the Aluhda Foundation (12201 Lantern Road).  A free shuttle will run about every 15 minutes.  There will be very limited parking at Holland Park for $5 per vehicle.  No parking will be allowed on Sunday on Ellipse Parkway or Holland Drive due to the Children’s Parade, Main Parade and fireworks.  Limited parking in designated areas will be allowed in the Town Complex on Sunday due to Main Parade’s line-up.  From 3pm to 6:30pm on Sunday, June 29th, 116th Street, Lantern Road and Holland Drive will be temporarily closed due to the Main Parade.

This event is run entirely by hundreds of volunteers and we still need to fill these open spots for the new zip line, beer tent, firefighter combat challenge and more.  Volunteer by visiting www.fishersfreedomfestival.org, then click “Information” and then “Volunteer Opportunities.”

Royal Court Page for websiteDuring the Saturday Opening Ceremonies at 10am, the 2014 Aaron’s Royal Court will be crowned.  This year’s court will be Queen Guinevere Williams, King Andrew Masuccio, Princesses Kloey Girtman, Audrey Kixmiller, Alexis Wagenhauser and Alyssa Agugliaro, and Princes Joshua Lesniewski, Charles Henson, Brayden Gebhard and Landon Irvin.

Even though the event is at no charge, the Festival strongly encourages attendees to bring donations of non-perishable food items, cleaning supplies, baby items, clothing, toys, books and/or toiletries for admittance.  Multiple drop-off locations are located throughout Holland Park and will be collected by Boy Scouts of America Troops walking in Sunday’s Main Parade.  Items will go to the Food Drive and BMO Harris Bank School Supply Drive which to benefit those locally in need.

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.

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. IMAG2567

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, please email [email protected], visit 8591 East 116th Street in Fishers or call 317-595-3195.  Make sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest.