City announces plans for 4th of July fireworks; show will be from 4 sites including riverfront

May 6, 2021 | 12:13 am

Updated May 6, 2021 | 12:22 am

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Building on the success of the unique multi-site fireworks show the City of Owensboro hosted last year, the 2021 All-American Fourth of July will combine the annual celebration on the riverfront with the three additional fireworks locations throughout the city. The event will be held Sunday, July 4.

“The unique way we celebrated last year with locations throughout the city was a huge success. Other cities around the country even began using that same concept due to crowd size restrictions after seeing how well it worked here in Owensboro,” said Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro. “So, we decided to incorporate that into the traditional celebration on the riverfront that thousands of people enjoy every year.”

The celebration will get started in Smothers Park along the downtown riverfront at 5 p.m. July 4. Live music will be provided by Alonzo Pennington at 5 p.m. and The Downtown Band at 7 p.m.

At 9:15 p.m., the 15-minute fireworks show will be launched from barges on the Ohio River for everyone gathered along the riverfront. Fireworks will also be launched from three additional locations throughout the city — simultaneously with the riverfront show.

Those locations include Centre Court/Shifley Park, Owensboro Sportscenter/Moreland Park, and Owensboro Warehouse Leasing/former GE plant.

Spectators can tune in to 92.5 FM to listen to the soundtrack to which the fireworks have been choreographed.

For the safety of the public and the pyrotechnic professionals, the secure fireworks launch sites throughout the city will not be open to the public. People attempting to watch from the launch sites will cause the fireworks at that location to be halted.

“We are grateful for the opportunity to celebrate Independence Day with our community and provide multiple locations for everyone to enjoy the fireworks again this year,” said Mayor Tom Watson.

May 6, 2021 | 12:13 am

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