Organizers have released further details covering this year's Hermann FreedomFest, with all activities set for Saturday.
According to the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce, the Firecracker 5K Run and/or Walk, sponsored by Hermann Area District Hospital, will be held at 8 a.m. The event starts at George Johnson Park, at the intersection of Wharf and Schiller streets, and ends at Riverfront Park. The hospital's Facebook page has more information on the event.
With a 2020 theme of "Thankful", the Hermann FreedomFest Parade is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. The route: starting at Eighth and Washington streets, to Sixth Street, to Market Street, to Fourth Street, to Schiller Street, to First Street, and ending at Gutenberg Street. Any remaining applications for entries are due at the Hermann Area Chamber of Commerce/Hermann Welcome Center office, 150 Market St., by Friday.
A variety of vendors will be set up at Riverfront Park. Those stands will include kettle corn, bottled water, and soft drinks offered by the Lions Club; pulled pork sandwiches, brats, and soft drinks by Harvest Table; and snow cones, funnel cakes, and soft drinks from Hermann Boy Scouts.
Wine Country Wagon Rides will run after the parade, with donations for the rides going towards the fireworks display. Otherwise, donations to the display are appreciated and may be given to the chamber or placed in the bucket at the Lion's Club stand.
The fireworks display over the Missouri River is set for 9:15 p.m. Riverfront Park and Wharf Street will be closed off to all but pedestrian traffic at 7 p.m. All boats and vehicles must be removed from the park by 7 p.m. Those that are not moved from the park by 7 must remain parked where they are until after the fireworks display. Boats and vehicles will not be allowed to exit the park until after pedestrians have exited, and when the Hermann Police Department determines conditions are safe.
Those vehicles with handicapped plates/tags may park on the riverfront and on Wharf before 7 p.m. There will be no entry on to Wharf Street after 7 p.m.
To allow for social distancing, lawn chairs and blankets will be allowed on the driving lanes of Wharf after 7 p.m., and/or when police determine the area is safe. Lodging guests of Wharf Street businesses may park on Wharf, but must be parked by 7 p.m., and remain parked until after the fireworks display.
Restrooms will be available at Riverfront Park, the Amtrak station, and the Clara Eitmann Messmer Amphitheater until 10:30 p.m.