The festival started at noon, featuring food trucks and live music. Fireworks over the river began at 10 p.m.
The festival still ran into snags. With a fireworks shortage, Marcellus said it was more difficult to get the number of fireworks the city would usually be able to set off for their fireworks display.
Marcellus said planning sped up once the restrictions were lifted, and he was hopeful for a good turnout at the 2021 festival.
“It’s a great chance for people to come out and kind of relax a little bit because we’re outside,” Marcellus said. “There’s not that same nervous stress, that risk of being inside.”
The city did ask people who had not been vaccinated to wear masks.
Venders at the street fair on Monument Avenue at the "Lights in Flight" festival at RiverScape MetroPark. Eileen McClory / Staff
Marcellus said he and his staff are also a “little rusty” after not planning an event like this for a year, but he said he hopes it looks like years past.
Sam Heinzen, a local resident, came to the festival with Jack Hall. Hall said the two were “music enthusiasts.”
Hall said he had been to the festival once before, several years before, but was enjoying the live music and being outside in good weather, without the threat of COVID-19 omnipresent.
“It’s nice just to get out,” Heinzen said.