July 4th Freedom Celebration

On Tuesday, July 4th thousands will flock to Downtown Evansville to celebrate Independence Day on Evansville’s spacious riverfront.

Event Details 

Festivities will begin at 6:00 p.m. with food vendors along Riverside Drive selling hamburgers, hotdogs, lemon shake-ups, ice-cream, kettle corn, giant tenderloins, funnel cakes, nachos, fudge, BBQ, walking tacos, cupcakes, Chicago-style hot dogs, chicken & steak fajitas, and a variety of refreshments. 

A jaw-dropping 25 minute fireworks show produced by Melrose Pyrotechnics and sponsored by Tropicana Evansville and your Tri-State Area Ford Dealers will begin at dusk (approximately 8:50 -9:00 PM). 

Free to Attend

The 4th of July Freedom Celebration is absolutely FREE to attend thanks to wonderful community sponsors including: Tropicana Evansville, Ford, Mulzer Crushed Stone, Home2 Suites by Hillton Evansville, 104.1 WIKY radio, HAFER, CHA Consulting, TSF Inc., Advanced Disposal and the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville.

If watching from a distance, tune into 104.1 FM to listen to a mix of contemporary and patriotic music in harmony with the fireworks display.


In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks show may be delayed or rescheduled. Event updates will be communicated via the Growth Alliance website and social media sites (Facebook | Twitter).

Community Sponsors

Special Thanks to community event sponsors: Mulzer Crushed Stone (Barge Sponsor) | Home2 Suites Evansville by Hilton (Official Hotel Sponsor) | 104.1 FM (Radio Sponsor) | HAFER (VIP Seating Sponsor) | CHA Consulting (VIP Seating Sponsor) | T.S.F Inc. (Portable Facilities) | Advanced Disposal (Waste Collection) 

Permitted Items 

Attendees are welcome to bring folding chairs, cameras, blankets, small umbrellas, baby strollers, diaper bags for small children, and small personal items. All items will be subject to search by law enforcement on-site.

Items NOT Permitted

Illegal substances, glass containers, skateboards, scooters, or personal motorized vehicles, lasers, bicycles, carts, fireworks, toy guns, water guns, helium balloons, illegal substances, non-collapsible chairs, large tents, pets (except for service animals), drones or remote control aircraft, and aerosol containers are not permitted within the event. Unauthorized solicitations, sampling or giveaways, or unauthorized vending is also not allowed.

What happens if I am caught discharging fireworks?


Vanderburgh County Code 12.24.010(u) prohibits the possession or discharge of fireworks within a county maintained park. The City of Evansville further restricts the use of fireworks within the corporate limits. The Evansville Municipal Code regulating fireworks may be found here.

  • Discharging or possessing fireworks in violation of IC 22-11-14-6 is punishable a Class C Infraction.
  • Damaging another person person’s property with fireworks is punishable as a Class A Misdemeanor.
  • Causing serious injury to another person with fireworks is punishable as a Class D Felony.
  • Under IC 35-45-3-2 a person who places or leaves a spent firework on the property of another person commits Littering as a Class B Infraction

​​You may only discharge fireworks on your own property, on property that you have permission to use, or at a special discharge location authorized by the fire department having jurisdiction. If you are under 18 years of age, you must have an adult present in order to possess or use fireworks.