IPL Freedom Blast Street Closures, Info You Need to Know

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IPL Freedom Blast Street Closures, Info You Need to Know

Some streets will be closed. Some people could get tickets if they pull over to watch the fireworks.

INDIANAPOLIS--The IPL Downtown Freedom Blast will bring thousands of people to the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial this evening for fireworks and fun. Indianapolis Metro Police want to make sure you have a good time in a safe environment.

"Hundreds of Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department police officers will have a very visible presence downtown and throughout our neighborhoods Wednesday to enhance the safety and enjoyment of those celebrating our nation’s birthday," said police in a news release.

"The police department reminds event goers to be mindful of their surroundings, and that if they see something suspicious or concerning, say something to a nearby officer or telephone 9-1-1. Citizens are also advised to treat their personal belongings as if they were in an airport and not leave them unattended. Unattended items are subject to disposal."

If you plan on attending the IPL Freedom Blast in Downtown Indianapolis on Wednesday, please visit http://www.downtownindy.org/events/5834/ipl-downtown-freedom-blast-/ for the latest information.

Street closures beginning at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday include the following: 

  • Delaware and Pennsylvania avenues (includes vehicle and pedestrian traffic).
  • Ohio and New York streets (includes vehicle and pedestrian traffic).

Street closures beginning Wednesday at 4:00 p.m.: 

  • Michigan Street and Pennsylvania Avenue

Street closures beginning Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. 

  • Michigan and North streets will be closed between Pennsylvania and Meridian streets

Event attendees who plan to use I-65 on the north side of Indianapolis are reminded that it will be closed between Meridian St and 21st St. Anyone planning to go north on I-65 will need to enter off of 21st Street. Those planning to go south on I-65 may still enter at Delaware St and Washington St ramps.

You are cautioned against stopping on the shoulders of the interstate system to watch the downtown fireworks display. Stopping/parking on the interstate is inherently dangerous. You could be ticketed. Vehicles left abandoned on the interstate will be towed.

After the fireworks display and once the “all clear” has been given, the police department will have a plan to move traffic out of the downtown area. Please be patient as officers work to get everyone on the road as quickly and safely as possible, said IMPD.

The IMPD reminds Hoosiers in Marion County – Fireworks use on and around 4th of July are as follows:

  •           5 p.m. until two hours after sunset June 28 through July 3.
  •           10 a.m. to midnight on July 4.
  •           5 p.m. until two hours after sunset July 5 through July 9.

Violations could result in the issuance of citations and the confiscation of fireworks.

PHOTO: Chris Davis/Emmis

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