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Freedom Festival Fireworks: What You Need to Know
CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) -
29 years of Freedom Festival memories have all led to this - the biggest one of them all.
"We're gonna have the biggest fireworks show we've ever had," Brandon Busbee, Freedom Festival marketing and operations director
To make sure the 30th goes off without a hitch, there's some things you need to know, starting with streets and parking.
#1 - keep an eye on the bridges, starting tonight.
"The bridges will be closed, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd avenue, and first avenue is a change from previous years," said Craig Hanson with Cedar Rapids Public Works.
#2 - Watch out for Marathon runners.
"Thursday morning on the Fourth of July is the race up third avenue and it goes up to Grand avenue," Hanson said
#3 - No parking really means no parking, especially in these lots along 1st street SW.
"If you are parked in the dirt along those lots, you may get ticketed or towed," Hanson said.
Instead Hanson says some places you may want to check out include, Timecheck, Czech Village, the NewBo Area, and city parking garages.
For big events like this security is always front and center, especially in light of recent tragedies.
"In combination with the Boston Bombings as well as the size of this event we've added extra security," Busbee said.
Organizers are taking every precaution, so the #1 security tip - get ready for searches and checkpoints.
"Just random bag checks so just be prepared like a big concert or a sporting event," Busbee said.
The Cedar rapids Police department will also be searching and checking. So #2 on our security list - leave the fireworks, even the sparklers, to the professionals.
"Don't bring them down here, you got a large group of people, densely populated, close together," said Sgt. Cristy Hamblin with the Cedar Rapids Police Department.
Lastly, police say for your safety and the safety of others, go easy with the alcohol.
"Don't come intoxicated, you'll be dealt with if you do," Hamblin said.
Click here for a map of parking & seating