INDIANAPOLIS - The Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast is one of the largest fireworks displays in the state and although the show is not set to start until 10 p.m., there were plenty of other activities to celebrate Independence Day on Thursday.
Crews from Zambelli Fireworks had been in town since Sunday and said they have more than 3,000 shells this year and the display should last about 17 minutes.
Every shell is numbered and will be synchronized to music.
“This show will be totally different than past years. It will be bigger and better, that’s for sure,” said John Maxwell. “You may think the show is over, but it won’t be over. You may want to wait around to see what’s going to happen.”
The crews have a backup plan in case rain is in the forecast and they said they will be ready with foil, tape and plastic.
The show starts Thursday night at 10 p.m. and there will be a Donatos Downtown Freedom Blast party on the grounds of the Indiana War Memorial from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Tune into 97.1 Hank FM, B105.7 or 93.1 WIBC for the official fireworks soundtrack.
People who gathered downtown in anticipation of the major fireworks show were able to see bands such as Alien Ant Farm, Hoobastank and Puddle of Mudd on Georgia Street before the big fireworks show was set to begin.
In addition to the events downtown, Carmel held their own celebration that started Thursday morning.