July 4th Evansville Do’s & Don’ts from Evv PD!

Fireworks Do's and Don'ts


Instructions from the Evansville Police Department regarding Evansville’s Independence Day celebration:

The City of Evansville is recognized as having one of the top Fourth of July fireworks displays in the Midwest. The 2016 event is co-sponsored by the Tri-State Area Ford Dealers and Tropicana Evansville, and coordinated by Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville. Food booths featuring a variety of vendors will open at 6 p.m. along Riverside Drive. The fireworks show will begin at dusk, or approximately 9 p.m.

As the big event approaches and tens of thousands of people prepare to head to the riverfront to celebrate America’s 240th birthday, the Evansville Police Department wants everyone to have a safe and enjoyable time.

To ensure everyone’s safety, we want the public to understand what can, and more importantly, what can’t be brought to the fireworks.  The following items are not allowed at the fireworks and those in possession of them will be asked to leave.  These items include:

  1. Animals / pets of any type
  2. Squirt guns of any type / water balloons
  3. Bicycles / scooters / skateboards / roller-blades
  4. Any items viewed as hazardous – Officer’s discretion


Backpacks, Coolers, etc. will also be subject to search.  Anyone who sees anything that appears out of place should immediately stop one of the uniformed officers working the event or immediately call 911.  If you see something, say something.


As progress continues on the Medical School and Downtown Hotel traffic in and out of the downtown will be slower this year.  Those attending the fireworks should plan accordingly and understand that getting home from the fireworks may take longer than normal.  Those that park in the public and private parking garages throughout the downtown must understand this even more so.  Expect long waits exiting parking structures in the downtown area.


Traffic control will be present along the Fulton Avenue corridor and at S.E. Riverside Drive and Cherry Street.  There will not be access from the Lloyd Expressway to Fulton Avenue during the fireworks exodus.  There will be access from Fulton to the Lloyd.  Expect long waits exiting parking structures in the downtown area.

Again, no fireworks of any sort are allowed at the Fourth of July Fireworks display on the riverfront. For those who will use fireworks at other locations please be careful and also be respectful of your neighbors and others by following the Evansville Municipal Code relating to the usage of fireworks. Attached below is the Municipal Code.

9.10.020 Fireworks – Evansville Municipal Code

(A) Consumer fireworks may be used within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville only under the provisions of this section.

(1) For the purposes of this section, the term “consumer fireworks” means a small firework that is designed primarily to produce visible effects by combustion, and that is required to comply with the construction, chemical composition, and labeling regulations promulgated by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission under 16 CFR 1507. The term also includes some small devices designed to produce an audible effect, such as whistling devices, ground devices containing 50 milligrams or less of explosive composition, and aerial devices containing 130 milligrams or less of explosive composition. Propelling or expelling charges consisting of a mixture of charcoal, sulfur, and potassium nitrate are not considered as designed to produce an audible effect. Consumer fireworks:

(a) Include:

(i) Aerial devices, which include sky rockets, missile-type rockets, helicopter or aerial spinners, roman candles, mines, and shells;

(ii) Ground audible devices, which include firecrackers, salutes, and chasers; and

(iii) Firework devices containing combinations of the effects described in subsections (A)(1)(a)(i) and (ii) of this section; and

(b) Do not include the following items:

(i) Dipped sticks or wire sparklers. However, total pyrotechnic composition may not exceed 100 grams per item. Devices containing chlorate or perchlorate salts may not exceed five grams in total composition per item.

(ii) Cylindrical fountains.

(iii) Cone fountains.

(iv) Illuminating torches

(v) Wheels.

(vi) Ground spinners.

(vii) Flitter sparklers.

(viii) Snakes or glow worms.

(ix) Trick noisemakers, which include:

  1. Party poppers.
  2. Booby traps.
  3. Snappers.
  4. Trick matches.

(x) Cigarette loads.

(xi) Auto burglar alarms.

(2) No person shall use, ignite or discharge consumer fireworks within the corporate limits of the City of Evansville except during the following times:

Here is a map of parking for the area:

July Fourth Parking Map


Thank you to Ella Johnson-Watson from the mayor’s office for the information!