On to the 4th!

Planners are announcing a limited schedule of activities for the Hermann FreedomFest that will be held in just over two weeks.


Decisions were made following a recent meeting that included representatives from the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce, City of Hermann, and Gasconade County. 


Due to the remaining concerns over the coronavirus, this year's festival will not feature organizational food vendors or children's activities. However, the Hermann FreedomFest Parade will go on as scheduled, with a start time of 7 p.m. Saturday, July 4, followed by the traditional fireworks show over the Missouri River. The Hermann Firecracker 5K Fun Run will also be held.


The parade will have a theme of "Thankful" and will start at West Eighth and Washington streets. The lineup will proceed on a route north on Washington, then head on to West Sixth Street, and travel on Market Street to East Fourth Street. From there, the units will turn on to Schiller Street and head north to East First Street, where the parade will turn right. The entrants will next turn left on to Gutenberg Street and march to Wharf Street, ending by Hermann Riverfront Park. All entries are asked to practice social distancing. No candy or handouts from the units will be permitted.


The eastern section of the Riverfront Park pavilion will become blocked off at 6 a.m.  Riverfront Park will be inaccessible to vehicles all day that Saturday, except in the case of boat ramp and handicapped-permitted vehicles.


Wharf Street will close to vehicles at 7 p.m. to allow adequate room for crowds to spread out and enjoy the fireworks show at dark. Officials are encouraging residents and visitors alike to locate safe viewing spots around Hermann that will allow for proper social distancing necessary because of the virus. Patriotic bunting will be placed along the Christopher S. Bond Bridge and at various other spots in the city.


The Hermann Firecracker 5K Fun Run, sponsored by Hermann Area District Hospital, will begin at 8 a.m. July 4, with the start and end both at Riverfront Park.