After much consideration and conversations with members of City Hall, Community Development and New Albany Main Street staff, Billye Jean, Tracy, and Emily, have determined that the usual Freedom Fest activities will be postponed for 2020. Activities that are being promoted have been selected because hand-washing and social distancing can be maintained.


Many shops in the historic downtown district will be hosting sidewalk sales. Pedaling for Hope on the Tanglefoot Trail will kick off at 7:30 am day-of sign up with the adult ride starting at 8:00 am and a Kid’s Fun Ride starting at 8:30 am. Online registration is open at Park Along the River is open to the public so families are welcome to enjoy the playground, have a picnic lunch, toss a frisbee, and enjoy the outdoors. City officials do ask that everyone enjoy the park safely, according to following current CDC guidelines:

  • Maintain social distancing as much as practical. A separation of 6 feet from another person is considered effective for infection control.

  • A non-medical grade or homemade cloth mask may be important when a distance of 6 feet cannot be easily maintained between persons.

  • Wash hands frequently and thoroughly soap and water, or use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available. Look for sanitizers with at least 60 percent alcohol.


Billye Jean Stroud, director, said, “Fireworks are still scheduled, however, and we hope that anyone in the community who wants to enjoy them will come out.” Fireworks can be seen from the Park Along the River as it has been in past years. For those who would prefer to remain in their vehicle, parking will be available at BNA Tennis Complex and Union County Library. The city does ask that everyone who uses these parking areas stay in their vehicles and dispose of trash properly.

Up to date information will be posted on I Love New Albany and New Albany Main Street social media pages. If you have any questions, please contact the Community Development & Main Street office by calling 662-534-3438 or emailing