A few Fishers roads will be closed on Sunday, June 24th from 3 P.M. to approximately 6:30 P.M. due to the annual Fishers Freedom Festival’s “Xfinity 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.    The 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.

Residents 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.

If you are not able to attend the parade, this year it will be broadcast live off the festival’s home webpage.  There are around 90 entries in the Xfinity 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.

This year’s festival theme is “Celebrate Fishers Spirit.”  The parade Grand Marshal will be Fishers resident and Hamilton Southeastern High School graduate Gary Harris.  Awarded Indiana’s “Mr. Basketball” honor, Harris has committed to playing basketball for Michigan State University next school year.

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.   Please 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 before the fireworks begin at dusk.