Our Mission

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 Fishers’ resident by investing in human potential.

Our History

Newcomers to the Fishers area might ask, “What is the Fishers Freedom Festival?” But those of you who have been here awhile might agree that it is as close to Uncle Sam and homemade apple pie as you can get!

In 1989, the founders of the Fishers Parade and Festival decided to have a community gathering to celebrate Independence Day. With the help of a few volunteers, this one-day community picnic with a parade and a few games for the children turned into an epidemic. This festival fever spread rapidly and quickly turned into a two-day event with so many activities for the entire family, everyone wants to catch the “fever”.

Through the eyes of a child, it is a time when they can run and play all day, eat so much that they can’t eat anymore and never become bored. Imagine that! It is a safe environment with many educational opportunities and the best part is the children don’t even realize they are being educated. We offer many things for parents too!

The Fishers Parade and Festival was incorporated as a volunteer not-for-profit private corporation in 1991, became a member of the Fishers Chamber of Commerce in 1995 and a member of the International Festival’s Association in 1998. In 1998, Fishers Parade and Festival Inc. d.b.a. Fishers Freedom Festival became a 501C-3 not-for-profit charitable corporation that is independent from the City of Fishers and the Fishers Chamber of Commerce.

In 2000, the Fishers Freedom Festival became a member of the Hamilton County Visitors Bureau, the Indiana Festival Association and the Indiana Festival and Events Association.   Responsibility for the festival is in the capable hands of Jennifer Kehl and Kym Greiner, and 40 volunteers who serve as event coordinators and co-coordinators. There are currently five members on the Executive Board of Directors. During the actual festival weekend, an additional 250 or more volunteers are hard at work.  Many committee members donate up to thirty hours per week for at least three or more months of the year to make the festival a success. Several other committee members donate time during the entire year to provide the community with a safe and fun-filled family-oriented weekend with a strong Americanism flavor.  The Festival is supported one hundred percent by fund-raising events, sponsorships, booth space rentals, grants and contributions from area businesses and residents and some support comes from the City of Fishers.