By Lindsay LaChapelle
City of Greenwood Mayor Doug Kinslow provided an update today, Monday, June 15, on the upcoming annual Freedom Fest.
A test run of the fireworks was performed at Greenwood’s Bell Park, but after careful consideration, the decision was made to continue having the show in the same spot as in previous years, behind the Fire Department on Bell Road.
While Bell Park is quite a picturesque location, the visibility is problematic to Greenwood residents who are staying at home this Independence Day. Officials involved with the planning were stationed at various locations around town during the test run to assess how many homes would be able to see the show. It was decided, however, that more homes would be able to view the fireworks if they remained with the usual location. Another deciding factor in the decision was the safety of surrounding homes and wildlife. If any problems were to arise, the fire department can access the original location much easier than Bell Park because of its surrounding rugged terrain.
Parking will be available off of Bell Road, Main Street and all surrounding residential streets, however residents are asked not to park along 10 Spur. Parking Lots in front of City Hall, Post Office and Courthouse will be open as well. Social Distancing guidelines are still in effect and while the parks are not closed, it is still suggested that residents enjoy the show from inside of their vehicles, or truck beds.