Safety and Security measures in place for “Freedom Fest”


BIRMINGHAM, Ala., (WIAT) — Expect to see security, additional fencing, bag restrictions at the first inaugural “Freedom Fest.”

The Birmingham Police Department’s tactical division analyzes different events that come to the city and put together a particular plan for Saturday’s event.

“We make sure we have enough officers there to account for the number of persons that we anticipate attending this particular event,” said Sgt. Johnny Williams with BPD.

In addition to the security cameras around Kelly Ingram Park, Williams says the division will make sure all bases are covered to maintain a safe area.

Here’s a list of what street closings:

  • Northbound and Southbound traffic on 16th Street North will close at 4th Avenue & 7th Avenue
  • Eastbound traffic on 5th Avenue North will close at 15th Street
  • Southbound traffic on 17th Street North will close at 7th Avenue
  • Westbound traffic on 6th Avenue North will close at 18th Street

Since this will be near Kelly Ingram Park, you may park on the nearby streets.

Also, there are two parking decks: Deck #7 at 18th Street North near Fifth Avenue North and at the Boutwell deck.

Parking at the two decks will be $10. There will not be shuttles from the decks to the park.

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