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Spectacular City Fireworks are Monday, July 3

Spectacular City Fireworks are Monday, July 3

Rising Sun's fabulous fireworks event is Monday, July 3 at Riverfront Park on Front Street.  Bring your family and friends, a comfy blanket or lawn chairs for a full evening of musical entertainment, food and explosive fun!  An event map is attached below.

MUSIC!  The event starts at 7 pm with live music by Mike Davis, a fantastic Elvis impersonator, who rocks the riverfront at the park's picnic shelter until 9:30 pm.  

FOOD!  Be sure to come hungry.  From 7 to 10 pm, the Rising Sun Lions Club is serving up delicious favorites like burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, popcorn and nachos along with some chilly beverages for you to enjoy.  Prices are very reasonable and there are multiple serving lines to quickly accommodate the crowd.  Proceeds 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).

FIREWORKS!  From 10 to 10:30 pm, Dynamite Deno Koumoutsos and his pyrotechnic pals put on THE BEST fireworks show in southeast Indiana.  From the brilliant colors rapidly filling the night sky to the shimmering light reflecting off the river to the explosions echoing throughout the valley, it truly is a spectacular show!  The ideal place to soak in the sights and sounds 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 open for emergency vehicles.)  

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 fallout area which extends into the river a minimum of 400 feet from the First Street Boat Docks.

Portable restrooms are located in the center of Riverfront Park at Second Street.  The public restroom building near the seaplane hangar by First Street is also open.  Parking is available within a few blocks of the park along downtown streets and various lots.

To help make the event safe for everyone, there are some restrictions in place July 3 you should be aware of.

There is no docking at the First Street Boat Ramp between 12 pm and 12 am.  The docks at the new ramp on Plum Street (two blocks south) are available.

There is no parking on Front Street between Main and Plum from 12 pm to 12 am.  This is a pedestrian only area. Front between Main and Fourth is open to traffic but limited to one way toward Fourth.  You must turn left on Front if coming down Main or Fourth.

The alley running parallel between Front and Poplar remains open for traffic to flow and connect with Second, First, Williams and Plum.  Barricades are placed just below the alley on these streets to prevent traffic from entering the pedestrian only area. 

Fireworks are expected to arrive early Saturday afternoon.  Once delivered, no pedestrians are permitted around the First Street Ramp and Boat Docks along with the lower river walkway running between First and Williams.  This is the fireworks launch area.

From 9 to 11 pm, Front Street between the First Street Boat Ramp and halfway between Williams and Plum will be closed to pedestrians.  This is immediately adjacent to the fireworks launch area.  Should you need to move between the event area, Williams and/or Plum street during this time, please use the alley just a half-block above Front.

Please respect and honor the barricaded and caution taped areas.  These are in place for everyone’s safety.  Ignoring them or moving them puts yourself and others at risk.  We want this to be a safe and enjoyable event for all.  Do the right thing and please walk around these areas, not through them.

For those who like to shoot off your own fireworks, the State of Indiana does have rules you must follow.  Putting Indiana Code 22-11-14-10.5(c)(3) into friendly terms, you are permitted to use consumer approved fireworks between 5 pm and 11:15 pm (approximiately 2 hours after sunset) between July 29 and July 9.  The exception is July 4 when the permitted times are between 10 am and midnight.  Please be safe and please also be courteous to your neighbors.