We Declare…That It’s Time To Celebrate!

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Be brilliant and awe inspiring, shoot for the stars, have a blast, make life colorful, and make people happy to see you.  We can learn much from fireworks.  But as beautiful and colorful as they are, from a simple spark may burst a mighty flame.  Wherever you plan to celebrate your independence this July 4th weekend, be sure to do so safely.

The best way to safely enjoy fireworks is from a distance at a public event.  These displays are conducted by professionals, so grab your blankets or chairs and let the experts handle the show.  Read on to find a display near you.  However, if you do plan to celebrate on your own, we’ve included some important safety tips as well.


Fireworks on the Ohio, Presented by Bally’s Evansville
– Monday, July 4, 2022
– 6 PM – Food trucks open I Approx. 9: 15 PM – Fireworks Display
– Riverside Drive (Court to Cherry Street)
Evansville’s largest public fireworks celebration, Fireworks on the Ohio, is Monday, July 4, 2022. Located along Riverside Drive in Downtown Evansville, this event is FREE to attend, thanks to generous corporate sponsors.
FREE parking is available in the City of Evansville parking garages (3rd & Locust and 500 Sycamore Street) and the Back 40 parking lot behind the Civic Center. Street parking is also available for free parking as posted parking limits are not enforced on holidays.


Sadly, there will not be a fireworks display in Historic Downtown Newburgh this year due to river levels and new developments along the riverfront, as well as funding and volunteer shortages.  The search for a backup location within town limits that meets the safety and distance criteria required by law for the size of fireworks used has not been successful.  

There is hope for next year, though, as Historic Newburgh, Inc. is already working with the pyrotechnics company, as well as the Newburgh Fire Department, Police Department, US Coast Guard, and others in the community, to hopefully be able to secure an alternative location.

Santa Claus

Holiday World Holidays in the Sky Drone & Firework Spectacular
– Every night through July 31, 2022!
– Holiday World and Splashin’ Safari
Holidays in the Sky is a 15-minute long drone and fireworks spectacular creating dazzling designs in the sky up to 700 feet wide!  This swarm of 300 drones will help us celebrate all the holidays that you’ve come to know and love in Holiday World and is the perfect way to end your trip to the park.  The best viewing area is the German American Bank Party Plaza in the Thanksgiving section.  Arrive early for a DJ Dance party before the show, then sit back and relax for the fireworks.


League Stadium
– 203 S. Cherry St.
– Sunday, July 3
– Dubois County Bombers vs. Paducah Chiefs
– Game time is 6:30 with fireworks following the game

Patoka Lake

Enjoy Thunder Over Patoka at Patoka Lake Beach on Saturday, July 2, 2022.  Fireworks will start at approximately 10 p.m. and will be visible from multiple areas around the lake, whether from a boat or on land. Bring your family and friends, lawn chairs, blankets, refreshments, and bug spray.  Already camping at Patoka?  Then there is no need to drive down to the beach. Just go to section C of the Modern Campground for your own viewing area of the fireworks display.

The entrance fee of $7 per vehicle for Indiana residents, or $9 for out-of-state vehicles, is required for the Newton Stewart State Recreation Area north of Wickliffe, Highway 164.


West Boggs Lake
– Happy 50th Birthday Boggs!
– July 1-3 2022
– All Weekend Long!
Starting Friday night, we’ll have activities galore all weekend long. Food, music in the evenings, inflatables, things to do and try, DNR’s Woods on Wheels, and a MASSIVE FIREWORKS SHOW!! Help us celebrate 50 years of West Boggs Park!


George Rogers Clark Memorial
– 401 S. 2nd St.
– Fireworks brought to you after sunset by the Vincenne’s City/Mayor’s Office

Henderson, KY

Independence Bank Fireworks Celebration
– Henderson Riverfront
– Saturday, July 3, 5:30 – 9:30
– More than 5,000 attendees gather for live music, food, family-friendly activities, and fireworks over the river.

Owensboro, KY

Celebrate The 4th of July at the Owensboro Convention Center!  The 2022 4th Fest presented by Kentucky Legend is Monday, July 4th!  

Inflatables and other activities for kids will be located inside the exhibit halls on the first floor of the Owensboro Convention Center.  Activities for younger children will include the Bouncer Maze, Bucky’s Pirate Ship, and games such as the Duck Pond.  Older children can enjoy the Rock Wall and Spider Climb, Toxic Warrior Jump, the Extreme Chaos Obstacle Course, and Extreme Dance Party. Please note waivers will need to be signed to participate in some of the activities.

The activities inside the exhibit halls will be free and open to the public from 6:00 to 9:00. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:15.

For guests wanting the best seats in town to view the fireworks display, tickets start at $9 and include exclusive early access to the inflatables and activities from 4:00 to 6:00 before they open to the public.

Please note:  Guests do not have to purchase a seating ticket to enjoy all of the free activities in the exhibit halls beginning at 6:00PM.  For more information, please visit OwensboroCenter.com

Firework Safety

Remember…just because they’re legal, that doesn’t mean they’re safe.  Even sparklers, that burn at about 2,000 degrees, have accounted for more than 25% of emergency room visits.  Safer alternatives, especially for the younger ones, include glow sticks, confetti poppers or colored streamers.

Other things to be mindful of are the time (it’s a night-before-work for many), pets, and veterans who may have PTSD.

Anxious dogs might benefit from a ThunderShirt and/or Benadryl two hours before fireworks begin (25mg tablet per 25 lbs.).

Calming essential oils, like Lavender, Bergamot, Sweet Marjoram, Frankincense, and Geranium Rose, can also provide relief. Special blends for pets can also be found online.

Fireworks Safety Tips

  • Never allow young children to handle fireworks
  • Older children should use them only under close adult supervision
  • Never use fireworks while impaired by drugs or alcohol
  • Anyone using fireworks or standing nearby should wear protective eyewear
  • Never hold lighted fireworks in your hands
  • Never light them indoors
  • Only use them away from people, houses, and flammable material
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person
  • Only light one device at a time and maintain a safe distance after lighting
  • Never ignite devices in a container
  • Do not try to re-light or handle malfunctioning fireworks
  • Soak both spent and unused fireworks in water for a few hours before discarding
  • Keep a bucket of water nearby to fully extinguish fireworks that don’t go off or in case of fire
  • Never use illegal fireworks

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