Thousands pour into downtown for 4th of July fireworks

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – A new firing location for this year’s fireworks show didn’t stop people from piling downtown to watch Friday night’s show.  Fort Wayne’s fireworks show, which has been held at IPFW, was held from the roof of One Summit Square.

This year, there were more than 10,000 fireworks shot, according to Eric Van Buskrik of Melrose Pyrotechnics, the company responsible for producing the firework show.

Some were worried about the move, and thought the change would cause bigger headaches with traffic, and fewer places to watch the show.  However, most thought the change was for the best.

“It’s a little different downtown,” said Kole Smith, who watched the show from the Courthouse Green.  “Downtown is the main point of the city.  It brings everyone together for the holiday.  The fireworks are a community-wide thing, so it’s good that everyone is out.”

Smith and his friends were one of the first people to get a spot outside the courthouse.  The first people began showing up around 5:30 Friday afternoon.

There were also plenty of spots to watch the show at Parkview Field, where TinCaps’ officials worked with Melrose Pyrotechnics to make sure the show did not begin with Friday’s baseball game still in progress.

“I think it’s a great idea,” said Michele Parrish, who watched the fireworks with her husband and their five children at the ballpark.  “We have entertainment before the fireworks, and then we get the fireworks after the baseball game.”

A new record was set at Friday’s game, with 9,182 in attendance.  The TinCaps also set an attendance record last year on the July 4.  A TinCaps’ spokesperson said he expected this ground to be larger since the city would be providing the fireworks this summer.

The location of the Fourth of July show is the same place Three Rivers Festival will shoot from on Saturday July 19.

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