Owensboro celebrates Independence Day with Friday fireworks

Published: Jul. 3, 2020 at 11:34 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 3, 2020 at 11:35 PM CDT
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OWENSBORO, Ky. (WFIE) - Downtown Owensboro was one of more than half a dozen areas where fireworks were shooting off on Friday evening.

With so many shows on display, some people were able to watch from their homes, but a few residents say they rather enjoy the tradition of watching from the downtown riverfront along the Ohio River.

As the sun set on Smothers Park in downtown Owensboro, a smaller but patriotic crowd got situated for the show.

“We’re out trying to be sociable and safe,” Huntingburg resident Alan Kirbes said. “That’s all you can do.”

“It’s nice and beautiful over here,” Evansville resident Sam Groves said. “The kids can go play in the park.”

Nearly 15,000 people would typically gather downtown for the annual show, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, city leaders said that simply wasn’t possible.

In efforts to keep people safe, eight locations were selected across Owensboro to shoot off the fireworks.

“I think it’s good not to have everybody in one area,” Kirbes said. “And the way it is, you don’t know.”

In addition to the downtown location, the other places included the Jack C. Fisher Park, Centre Court, Owensboro Sportscenter/Moreland Park, Southern Little League, the former Owensboro Health hospital and the former GE plant.

“Oh yeah, social distancing - keep it spread out,” Groves said.

“If you can’t see fireworks at eight different locations, something is wrong,” Kirbes said.

Spacing out the shows wasn’t the only change this year. The duration of Friday’s show was about one-third as long when compared to previous years.

The reasoning behind the shortened display was because firework supplies were spread out among all eight locations.

This gave everyone an equal chance to watch the shows - without catching or spreading the coronavirus.

You can watch the entire fireworks display in the video below:

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