City announces plans for 2023 4th of July event; fireworks will again be launched from 4 sites 

March 30, 2023 | 10:47 am

Updated March 30, 2023 | 10:47 am

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The City of Owensboro has announced plans for their annual All-American Fourth of July event. The 2023 show will once again combine the celebration on the riverfront with the three additional fireworks locations throughout the city. The event will be held Tuesday, July 4.

“Last year we had a great crowd along the riverfront, as well as people watching fireworks at the other locations throughout the city,” said Tim Ross, Director of Public Events for the City of Owensboro. “We will have a great party downtown again, good food, and live music before the fireworks to cap off the holiday weekend. We have had an excellent response from so many people about having fireworks all over the city and thanks to (sponsors) Meijer and Jerry Ray Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, we are able to continue that tradition again this year.”

 The celebration will get started in Smothers Park at 5 p.m. Live music will be provided by Whiskey Row at 5 p.m., followed by 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 simultaneously from Jerry Ray Davis Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram, Owensboro Sportscenter/Moreland Park, and Owensboro Warehouse Leasing/former GE plant. 

Spectators can tune in to 92.5 FM WBKR 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.   

Mayor Tom Watson said, “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.”

March 30, 2023 | 10:47 am

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