Expanded bus routes, free parking for downtown holiday festivities

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INDIANAPOLIS – One day before the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast, crews had to keep the fireworks covered to protect them from Thursday morning’s showers.

Even by noon, there was still lots of work to do 36 stories above downtown.

“We want to keep everything dry,” said David Moore with Zambelli Fireworks.

Crews started carting the fireworks up on Sunday and spent much of the morning working with the wiring. Keeping tarps over the devices is essential, organizers said.

“If we try to fire them wet, they tend to be more slow. And we have ones that don’t go,” said Moore.

The Fourth of July show brings thousands of people to downtown Indianapolis and getting around can be a challenge.

“We definitely encourage you to plan ahead,” said Amanda Dorman, with Indianapolis Downtown, Inc.

Dorman advises that you should make a plan on where to park. The holiday brings all kinds of events through the day, along with the fireworks at night.

“All the garages are open, all the surface lots are open,” she said.

Metered spaces are free, too. Park Indy is off Friday and not charging. Indianapolis Downtown even has a map feature on their website that Dorman said can save you time.

“You can actually enter in the location where you’re going and find all the parking around that location,” she said.

IndyGo may help you out this year, too.

“Folks have an alternative to get downtown using IndyGo, and we have extra service going back out through neighborhoods at the end of night,” said Bryan Luellen, with IndyGo.

Luellen said it’s an idea brought on by the Super Bowl when demand for public transit in Indianapolis hit its peak. IndyGo will still run on a holiday schedule but will add outbound trips from downtown on 17 routes after the fireworks show at 11 p.m.

Luellen said they will study the response.

“We have auto passenger counters on all our buses, so we know what people got on and where so we can really accurately gauge the activity,” he said.

If you don’t want to fight the crowds downtown, you can watch the Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast on FOX59! We are your home for the fireworks and will bring you live coverage on Friday night.

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