Rising Sun’s fabulous fireworks event is Saturday, July 11 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!

There are some challenges with this year’s show because of COVID.  The event was moved from July 3 to July 11 to meet the Back On Track Indiana guidelines from the state.  While we are permitted to hold the fireworks, it is requested that everyone please do their best to honor social distancing. Masks are encouraged but not required.  These requests will not be enforced but the city asks for your cooperation and be considerate to respect the well being of those around you.

Now for the fun stuff.

GOLF CART PARADE!  The festival will begin at 7:30 pm with a Golf Cart Parade.  Please assemble at City Hall at 200 North Walnut Street between 7 and 7:15 pm.  Some decorations will be available on site or you can decorate in advance.  The patriotic themed carts will be escorted through town: Walnut at City Hall toward Main, left on Main to Poplar, right on Poplar to Plum, left on Plum to Front, left on Front to Williams, left on Williams to Poplar, right on Poplar to Main and right on Main to Front.

MUSIC!  From 7:30 to 10 pm, there will be live music by Chuck Brisbin and the Tuna Project.  The group performs a great mix of rock and blues and has been a regional favorite for many, many years.  The stage this year will be moved to just across from the playground so the band can play to a larger portion of the fireworks crowd.  (Before it was on the far opposite end of the event area by the Main Street Pavilion.)

FOOD!  Be sure to come hungry.  From 7:30 to 10 pm, the Rising Sun Lions Club will serve up delicious favorites like burgers, hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, nachos, chips and popsicles along with some chilly beverages for you to enjoy.  Prices are very reasonable and there will be 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 the Veteran’s Memorial (or just follow your nose).

FIREWORKS!  From 10 to 10:25 pm, Atomic Annie Adams and her pyrotechnic pals will 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 the residential side of Front Street between Main and First.  (Please leave the river side of Front Street open for emergency vehicles.)

Please see the attached event map below which shows the best places to watch the fireworks plus locations for things such as food, music, bathrooms, emergency vehicles and traffic/pedestrian restrictions.

NOTE:  While Friday, July 17 is available as a makeup date in the event of rain, every effort will be made to hold the event on July 11.   Scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast for this Saturday with a lesser chance in the evening.  Once the fireworks have been loaded in the “guns,” they must be shot off that evening.

Here are some important things to know:

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 500 feet from the First Street boat ramp and docks.

Portable restrooms will be located at the Front and Second Street intersection next to the playground and also near Fryman’s Landing at the new boat ramp by Plum Street.  The public restroom building on Main Street across from Legion will be open.  The public restroom building on Front Street near the seaplane hangar will be open until 9:30 pm (has to close due to its proximity of the launch area).

Parking is available within a few blocks of the park along downtown streets and various lots.

There will be no docking at the First Street boat ramp between 12 pm and 12 am Saturday.  Signs will be posted Friday.  The docks at the new ramp at Fryman’s Landing on Plum Street (two blocks south) will be available for temporary docking.

There will be no parking on Front Street between Main and Williams from 12 pm to 12 am.  Signs will be posted Friday.  This is a pedestrian only area.  Barricades will be placed in the following locations to block traffic from entering the event area: on Front at Main, on Front at Williams, plus just below the alley nearest to the river on Second and First Streets.

Front Street between Main and Fourth will be open to traffic but limited to one way toward Fourth.  You must turn left on Front if coming down Main or Fourth toward the river.

Front Street between Plum and Williams will be open to traffic in both directions.  That’s new this year. Because of a shift in the launch location, this section is no longer in the fallout area and can be open to traffic.  It should allow easier access to the event for those coming from the south.

The alley running between Front and Poplar will remain open for traffic to connect Second to First to Williams.

Please exercise caution when driving anywhere downtown before, during and after the event as there will be a substantial increase in pedestrian traffic.

Fireworks are expected to arrive early Saturday afternoon.  Once delivered, no pedestrians will be permitted around the First Street ramp and docks nor the lower river walkway running between First and Williams.  This is the fireworks launch area and will be clearly marked with warning banners and caution tape.

A portion of Front Street on either side of First Street will be restricted to all pedestrians after 9:30 pm for safety concerns.  Because the main fireworks are being launched off the First Street boat ramp, the nearby shelter and a portion of the playground are included in the restricted area.  After 9:30 pm, all pedestrians must be outside of the clearly marked restricted area.  The restriction will end at 11 pm after the fireworks area has been secured.  The alley, just above Front Street, will remain open for foot traffic at all times.

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 (approximately 2 hours after sunset), five days before and after July 4.  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.