Don’t miss the 23rd annual Fishers Freedom Festival which offers activities such as fireworks, 5K event, live music, K-9 demonstrations, children & teen tents, disc dog competition, kiddie run, children’s parade, main parade, street dance and a new event called “Trick Out My Playhouse.”  Free voting for the favorite playhouse will be all day Saturday and ending on Sunday at 2pm.  Then go to the Silent Auction to bid on your favorite one.

With over 50,000 attendees from all over the U.S., there is something for everyone in your family to enjoy.  This free family event will host around 130 art & craft sites, over 100 business booths, around 30 food vendors, around 40 free games booths, and so much more.  Located at Roy G. Holland Park (One Park Drive) in Fishers, the 5K Event registration begins the festival on Saturday, June 25th at 6:30 A.M.  The day wraps up with the Street Dance featuring the band “The Jai Baker Band” from 7 P.M. – 10 P.M, sponsored by Reynolds Farm Equipment, and also the new tethered hot air balloon rides.  On Sunday, June 26th, the Festival will continue at 8:00 A.M. with the Indy Disc Dog Classic competition registration and the nondenominational church service at 8:30 A.M.

The Xfinity Main Parade begins at 4 P.M. at the corner of 116th Street & Lantern Road.  It will continue west down 116th Street, turn north on Holland Drive, and finish at Holland Park.  From immediately west of the Commercial Drive intersection going west through Hague Road, 116th Street will be closed to traffic due at 3 p.m. due to the parade and will reopen as soon as possible.  The Festival’s grand finale will consist of “Big Daddy Caddy” band at 6:30 P.M. sponsored by Coors Light and the fireworks will begin at dusk. 

This event is run entirely by hundreds of volunteers and there is still a need to fill some of these spots.  Volunteers are from all different backgrounds and giving from two hours to more time to the festival.  Please click here to volunteer.

Even though the event is at no charge, the Festival strongly encourages attendees to bring donations of 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 and conditioner, wash clothes, mops, mop buckets, push brooms, cleaning supplies for floors and walls, diapers, baby wipes and baby formula, baby food, disposable diapers, cleaning supplies, school supplies, gently used and new clothing, toys, games, books and/or toiletries for admittance.  Multiple drop-off locations will be located throughout Holland Park and will also be collected by Boy Scouts of America Troops walking in the Comcast Main Parade on Sunday.  Items will go to the Fishers United Methodist Church’s “Come to Me” food pantry and Hamilton County’s “Good Samaritan Network” which will benefit those in need.
 
The public may park at Holland Park for $2 per vehicle.  There will be free parking at the Fishers Train Station in the Town Municipal Complex (11601 Municipal Drive ) and the Alhuda Foundation parking lot and grass area located at Lantern Road and Sunblest Blvd.  A free shuttle will run approximately every 15 minutes during festival hours to transport people to Holland Park and back.  No parking will be allowed on Sunday on Ellipse Parkway or Holland Drive due to the IU North Hospital Children’s Parade, Comcast-xfinity 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.
 
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. 

The 23rd Annual Fishers Freedom Festival will be Saturday, June 25 & Sunday, June 26, 2011.  The Festival is always in need of volunteers at different levels of participation.  Check us out on Twitter and Facebook.  For more information on the festival’s schedule of events, please click here.