Marion announces altered firework plans for Independence Day

This year, the City of Mar­i­on is plan­ning to host fire­works down­town to fos­ter safe dis­tanc­ing, pre­vent­ing fur­ther spread of COVID-19.

The fire­works show will be Fri­day, July 3 at dusk, or around 10 p.m. They will be set off at Bal­lard Field, just north of the soc­cer fields off of IN-18, which is one-way west­bound into Mar­i­on. Patrons may park in any unre­served lots or use on-street park­ing down­town to enjoy the show. There will be no entertainment or food vendors at this event.

May­or Jess Alum­baugh is encour­ag­ing patrons to stay with their vehi­cles in order to prac­tice social dis­tanc­ing while cel­e­brat­ing Inde­pen­dence Day. In a press release, he stat­ed, ​I am excit­ed to come togeth­er as a com­mu­ni­ty to cel­e­brate each oth­er and the free­doms we have. It’s not the ide­al sit­u­a­tion by any means, but after every­thing this com­mu­ni­ty has been through in the last few months, we deserve a cel­e­bra­tion! After re-assess­ing where we are with the pan­dem­ic this time next year, my hope is to get the fire­works back to Mat­ter Park.”