Red, white and boom: Officials release plans for downtown fireworks celebrations on July 4

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INDIANAPOLIS — Changes are coming to the Fourth of July fireworks in downtown Indianapolis.

One of the biggest changes is a new launch site at 500 N. Meridian Street (near Meridian and E. Michigan Street) instead of from atop the Regions Tower on Pennsylvania Street. Downtown Indy had to change the launch site due to new residential development adjacent to Regions Tower. That new location will mean changes with street closures, access and visibility.

“That location [500 N. Meridian Street] allows us to shoot 4-inch shells off that location because of the distance between residential and the areas around it,” said IFD fire marshal Michael Beard.

Beard added that surrounding areas will be monitored by the fire department for any hazards as well as to remove parked cars.

Anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 people are expected, and organizers ask everyone to not bring any fireworks from home.

Beard said bringing fireworks to the event would break local fireworks statutes that mandate fireworks can only be set off on your own property or on someone else’s property with their permission.

IMPD will also be working to secure an approximate 400-foot “fall out zone” near the launch site.

“We have to make sure that we secure the park and the cars around that area to make sure no pedestrians or spectators are in the blast area,” said IMPD Commander Brian Mahone.

For people who typically watch the fireworks south of Monument Circle, officials recommend you find a new area to catch the show this year as visibility will be limited.

Another change this year is there will be no Freedom Fest as part of the celebration. Despite that absence, organizers are eager to see crowds return to downtown Indy.

“We are absolutely thrilled that we can move forward and have fireworks in the heart of our downtown,” said Bob Schultz, senior vice president of marketing, communication and events for Downtown Indy.

The downtown Indianapolis Fourth of July fireworks will start at 10 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. The 21-minute show will be synced to popular patriotic music playing on local radio stations B105.7 and 97.1 Hank FM.

The fireworks presentation is sponsored by the Indiana Donor Network. An organ recipient will deliver remarks shortly before the fireworks.

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