Annual Blast on the Bridge Features Fireworks, Food and Fun
Writer / Matt Keating
Photographer / Brian Brosmer
The Fourth of July Blast on the Bridge at Geist promises to be another evening of great holiday fun.
The event takes place on Fall Creek Bridge over The Geist Reservoir near The Marina.
Brian Hall, president of the Geist Lake Coalition, says there are plenty of exciting and festive activities planned.
“We’ll have the best DJ in the State, Sunny Moon, spinning the latest hits,” Hall says. “The Boy Scouts will also make an appearance, and a special guest will be singing the National Anthem.”
The bridge will close to vehicle traffic at 4 p.m. on July 4, and be open starting at 5 p.m. for the public.
“We will also have Geist Magazine’s own Tom Britt as emcee again,” Hall says. “Tom always does a great job, and is such a natural for this great community event. Of course, we want to give thanks to our long time key sponsors and supporters: Eddy’s Neighborhood Grill, TA Smith Distributing and Michelob Ultra. As well as the great folks at the Geist Marina, Marina Limited Partners, Puccini’s and all the guests at the Marina Restaurants and shops.”
Hall also gives credit to The Yacht Club.
“They tolerate the massive inconvenience we cause as we celebrate our Independence Day at their front door on what is their busiest day of the year,” Hall says.
Tony Elliot, director of Parks and Recreation for The Fishers Parks Department, says The Blast on the Bridge will be very similar to last year’s event.
“We aim to add more vendors and diversified food offerings to provide great service to the attendees,” Elliot says. “We plan to include a brief program to recognize Independence Day and the meaning behind it.”
Food, beverages and spirits will be available for purchase, while children enjoy games and activities.
Hall says both the Blast on the Bridge and the Fireworks display are fundraisers for the Geist Lake Coalition’s clean water initiatives, along with sponsorships and other fundraising efforts.
“The bulk of these initiatives are stream bank remediation and erosion control projects, the purchase of a new channel, shoreline set back and idle zone buoys,” Hall says. “It also funds our Geist Clean Up days, lake safety awareness, as well as the treatment of Invasive Aquatic Weeds and Algae in common areas. It also fills in holes where strong support from homeowners doesn’t exist.
“The Geist Lake Coalition treats weekly for the invasive aquatic weeds and algae on well over 300 surface acres of shoreline at Geist, which is almost 20 percent of the entire reservoir,” Hall adds.
Elliot says the Blast on the Bridge is “one of the best fireworks shows in Central Indiana.”
“The location is unique and the experience is second to none,” Elliot says. “The fact that the event supports The Geist Lake Coalition and the health and safety of the lake gives a certain gravitas and community impact to the event as well.”
One big change is that there will be no boat parade this year.
“At this time, we do not plan to host the boat parade for this year’s parade,” Elliot says.
Hall, however, says he is “personally looking forward to a safe boating season, seeing thousand of residents, their guests and visitors enjoy the reservoir and the fun that comes along with lake living.”
Hall is also looking forward to “another fabulous fireworks display and celebration.”
“This is a very special tradition, and one that is extra special at Geist Reservoir,” he says. “There is absolutely no better way to see this beautiful display reflect off the water at Geist, and our Pyro Technician Extraordinaire, Marty Miller, always pleases.”
Hall says The Geist Lake Coalition is proud to bring the show to area residents.
“We couldn’t do it without their continuous support,” Hall says. “The show is costly, and we rely on the donation’s from local homeowners and small businesses to fund it.”