UPDATED STORY 10 AM Wednesday, July 6.
While rain forced the postponement of the city's fireworks event this past Sunday, it has also provided Rising Sun with a big double event weekend. The fireworks have been rescheduled for Saturday, July 9. This will be followed by the Shiner Pride Car Show on Sunday, July 10.
The weather and the river level appear to both be cooperating for this Saturday's fireworks event at Rising Sun's Riverfront Park on Front Street. Bring your family and friends for a full evening of musical entertainment, food and explosive fun!
The event starts at 7 pm with live music by Deja Blue, a regional favorite, playing a great mix of music sure to please the masses. Deja Blue will perform under the picnic shelter at the park until 10 pm.
Be sure to come hungry. From 7 to 10 pm, the Rising Sun Lions Club will be grilling a wide variety of tasty items (burgers, hotdogs and BBQ just to name a few) and serving some chilly beverages for you to enjoy. Prices will be very reasonable and there will be more serving lines to better accommodate the crowd. While you are free to bring your own food and drinks, we encourage you to leave the coolers behind and support our local Lions Club who does some really great work in our community! Look for their food and beverage tents near Second and Front (or just follow your nose).
Additional portable restrooms for the event are located in the center of Riverfront Park. The restroom building near the seaplane hangar by First Street will also be open.
The fireworks show will light up the Ohio River Valley night sky from 10 to 10:30 pm. Dynamite Deno Koumoutsos and his pyrotechnic pals put on THE best local fireworks show in southeast Indiana. The ideal place to view the show is on our vast grassy terraced wall along the river. Another option is to sit along either side of Front Street between Main and First. (Please leave the middle of the street open for emergency vehicles.) In either case, bring your blanket and lawn chairs and make an evening of it at Riverfront Park.
Parking is available within a few blocks of the park in various lots and along the streets. However, there are some restrictions on Saturday, July 9 you need to be aware of.
There is no parking on Front Street between Main and Plum. This is a pedestrian area only. Please note there will be tents, tables and chairs set up between Main and Second on Front Street. These are for the car show on Sunday. Guests attending the fireworks are asked to please not use or displace the tables and chairs for the car show.
By 12 pm Saturday, all boats must be removed from the old boat docks by First Street. Boats can return to the docks on Sunday. The new boat docks at Plum Street can be used without restrictions on Saturday.
Those who plan on watching the fireworks from their boats must adhere to all instructions from Dearborn County Water Rescue which will be patrolling the area. Please keep a safe distance away from the fireworks fallout area which will be out over the water from the old boat docks.
After 4 pm Saturday, traffic barricades will be placed below the alley closest to the river between Second and Plum and also at Main and Front. The alley itself will be accessible and remain open. Main Street will be open to Front but you may only turn left on Front. The entrance and exit to the new boat ramp by Plum Street will remain open. Barricades will be adjusted for the car show on Sunday.
The fireworks are expected to be delivered around 1 pm Saturday. Once delivered, no pedestrians will be permitted to walk around the old boat docks or the newly constructed lower river walkway between First and Williams.
The street level walkway between First and Williams will remain open until 9 pm Saturday. This will allow people access to the event area and to the restrooms by the seaplane hangar for as long as possible.
After 4 pm Saturday, you will see several barricades with warning banners and caution tape from the end of the grassy terraced wall to about halfway between Williams and Plum on Front Street. Please do not set up your blankets and chairs in this area. Again, you may walk along Front Street through this area until 9 pm. At 9 pm and until the fireworks launch area is cleared after the show, everything in the caution taped and barricaded area around the old boat docks is off limits to everyone.
Please respect and honor the barricaded and caution taped areas for both events. These are in place for everyone’s safety.
After you enjoy the spectacular visuals in the air on Saturday night, come back Sunday and enjoy the spectacular cars, trucks and motorcycles lined up on Main, Locust and Front Streets. The Shiner Pride Car Show is one of the biggest car shows in the region and, this year, the event is celebrating its 20th Anniversary!
All proceeds directly benefit the kids in the Rising Sun Band Program.
Dash plaques are available to the first 250 entries, with 150 trophies awarded by a percentage per class.
Registration is 8 am until noon on Sunday. Trophies will be awarded at 4:30 pm. The event is free and open to the public for spectators. Music from the 50s, 60s, and 70s will be played throughout the day. Food and drinks will be available too.
The City of Rising Sun is looking forward to another great fireworks celebration Saturday followed by the super cool car show on Sunday. We hope to see you, your family and your friends in Rising Sun this weekend!