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Fireworks Safety Takes on a Whole New Meaning This Year During the Evansville Heatwave

Oakland City Fireworks Grand Finale (Photo/Annie Jenkins)

As kids, we saw the rules associated with fireworks as a way of spoiling our fun. After a couple of close calls with nearly blowing our fingers off we learned that there’s probably a good reason to play it safe. Fireworks after all are well-trained explosives.

This year we’re not only concerned about the possible injuries and burns that can come about from messing around with fireworks, we’re also concerned now about the extreme risk of fire. We’re in a drought and that won’t change before the 4th.

Some cities have banned private use of fireworks altogether while others have even cancelled their community displays. Even Holiday World has determined that it is not worth the risk and have cancelled their annual display.

Evansville Fire Chief Mike McConnelly is not going to ban private use of fireworks, but he does stress the need for caution and for parental supervision. In fact, state law requires that a person over the age of 18 be present when a person under 18 is using or in possession of fireworks.

Indiana state law also restricts fireworks use to 9 AM until 11 PM. On 4th of July use is allowed until midnight. Use of fireworks is restricted to the users property or property where the user has been granted permission to use fireworks.

The state can impose a fine of up to $500 for violations and the penalties become more severe when there is property or bodily injury.

Have a safe and happy 4th of July!

Professional Fireworks Displays in Henderson, Evansville and Owensboro

-by Annie Jenkins

The Tri-State always makes the best of July 4th with some of the best fireworks shows around. Here’s a list of some of the most spectacular shows you can take the family to this year!

1) Independence Bank Fourth of July Celebration – Henderson

The Henderson Riverfront will host a huge celebration for the 4th! Food booths will open at 5:30 with kids entertainment and activities starting at 6pm! For the older crowd, Kieth Vincent takes the stage at 7pm and the whole family will enjoy the fireworks at 9pm! Sponsored by Independence Bank.

2) Evansville 4th of July Freedom Celebration – Evansville

Thousands of people will gather at Dress Plaza on the Ohio riverfront to watch the fireworks display in Evansville on July 4th. The Thunder and Lightening Fireworks show will start at 9pm. As always, this fun family event is FREE!

3) Historic Newburgh Fireworks – Newburgh

Starting at 6, stroll along the streets of historic downtown Newburgh and picnic or grab a meal from any of the nonprofit vendors along the street! At 7:15, sit back in your lawn chair and watch the Explorer Scout Aviation Troupe loop through the sky and then at 9, it’s time for fireworks to celebrate the 4th of July! (rain date July 6th)

4) Celebration of the American Spirit – Owensboro

You’re invited to gather at English Park at the Owensboro Riverfront for fireworks shot from a barge on the river! Fireworks begin at 9:15, accompanied by the Owensboro Symphony Orchestra. Gates open at 6.

5) Gibson County Fair Fireworks – Princeton

Enjoy a day at the 157th Gibson County fair and then stroll down to the 4H fairground to watch the Fireworks! One of the biggest and longest fireworks displays around, the Princeton fireworks are truly a sight to see and free to the public! Fireworks start at dusk at the 4H fairgrounds.

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