The 2020 July 4th Downtown Freedom Fest and accompanying fireworks display have been canceled, organizers announced Wednesday morning.
“This is not a decision we enter into lightly,” event producer Emmis Communications Corp. said in a written statement. “Over its 50-year history, the IPL Downtown Freedom Fest has attracted tens of thousands to downtown Indianapolis annually. There were two main factors in our decision: social distancing and public health concerns, and the deployment of financial resources in the current economic environment.”
Emmis said it hoped to resume the tradition in 2021.
“We explored other options and had many conversations with community partners, but ultimately, we believe this is the best decision,” the company said.
Sponsors for this year’s event included Indianapolis Power & Light, Regions Bank and Zambelli Fireworks.