Merchants in the mall will be open late with special promotions. The 2013 Freedom Celebration is sponsored by Larry Hill Ford and Larry Hill Imports. It will be synchronized to patriotic music broadcast by MIX 104.1.
“People will be able to tune in to catch the music that goes along with the fireworks,” said Mount Olive Ministries Senior Associate Pastor James Sears.
“The grand finale will be as good or better than it has been in the past. Larry Hill has been very gracious to invest in this. We try to up it a little every year to offer something a little bigger. I think you’ll see that again this year.”
The fireworks will be launched in front of the T. L. Lowery Center, from where they should be visible from a wide area beyond the mall.
“We’ve been doing it behind the mall, but they have the new cinema there now. It would be a great thing if someone wanted to catch a movie and then a fireworks show,” he said.
The Cleveland Police Department will direct traffic in and out of the mall. All traffic will exit in a single direction.
“It is a fun, family-oriented event,” Sears said. “We urge everyone to come early because they will start closing the parking lot off at about 9 o’clock. There are a lot of good restaurants in the area to choose from while you’re waiting.”
Pyro Shows, the same company that does Riverbend, is producing the Cleveland show.
“They do a great job every year,” he said.
This is the third year the church will hold the fireworks display at the mall. The Cleveland Fire Department produced a display for years until new state law forced them to quit.
Sears said the fireworks show began about 18 years ago as a church picnic in a small field.
“We outgrew that when people started stopping and blocking the road, we decided we had to move it, so we moved it to Tri-State,” he said.
“We had a great relationship with Tri-State, but the problem there was the traffic flow. We were proud to bring it back to the center of the city so businesses could benefit.”