City’s 4th of July fireworks show will again include 4 launch sites

May 24, 2024 | 12:09 am

Updated May 24, 2024 | 12:10 am

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The City of Owensboro’s annual All-American Fourth of July event returns on July 4. The show will again include setting off simultaneous fireworks displays on the riverfront along with three additional locations throughout the city.

“I am excited to announce the plans for the annual Independence Day celebration. 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 (event sponsor) Meijer, we are able to continue that tradition again this year.”

The celebration will get started in Smothers Park along the downtown riverfront at 5 p.m. on July 4.  Live music will begin with an opening act that has yet to be announced, 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. Three additional locations throughout the city will also be launched simultaneously with the riverfront show. These locations include Southern Little League Fields, 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.   

“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. “Thank you to all our sponsors for making this event possible. As we gather to enjoy the festivities, I encourage everyone to celebrate safely and responsibly.”

May 24, 2024 | 12:09 am

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