The Annual Fireworks Over O’Fallon will be held on Monday, July 3, 2023, at dusk (approximately 8:30 p.m.). The fireworks will be launched near the west entrance of the O’Fallon Family Sports Park.
“A few years ago, we brought back fireworks for the first time in thirty years. Each year, we will continue to make them bigger and better!” said Mayor Herb Roach. “I hope that all of you will join us in celebrating the holiday and enjoying the community.”
Spectators are asked to park only in designated parking areas. There will be no parking in the grass or side of roadways in the Sports Park. Once all the parking spots are filled, no other vehicles will be allowed in the Sports Park. People may still access the park on foot and watch the fireworks from grass areas. The turf fields and baseball restrooms will be closed. Restrooms near the Splash Pad and north side of the park will be open.
There will also be parking restrictions on the north side of W. Nixon and W. Madison.
Parking will be prohibited on Venita Drive and Taylor Road. Venita Drive and the west entrance of the Family Sports Park will be closed to traffic approximately five minutes before the firework show begins and reopened immediately following the completion of the show.
At the end of the show, signs and police officers will direct vehicles towards either the East or West exit of the Sports Park (depending on where attendees have parked).
Organizers also ask that attendees be patient and expect delays leaving the Sports Park.
Vendors that are interested in selling merchandise at the Sports Park must receive approval from O’Fallon Parks and Recreation prior to the event. To inquire, contact the O’Fallon Parks & Recreation Department at (618) 624-0139.
Over the past several years, city officials have seen a sharp increase in the number of residents setting off illegal fireworks in the city limits. These illegal fireworks have greatly increased in size and often resemble those from commercial fireworks displays. Illegal fireworks can cause serious burn and eye injuries as well as property damage. Each of these mortar type fireworks shoot projectiles that travel hundreds of feet into the air and must come down at some point, frequently on the roofs and property of others in the neighborhood. In addition, the loud noises of these large fireworks are a nuisance to many of the city’s residents.
The O’Fallon Police Department will be enforcing city and state laws regarding fireworks. The focus will be on large fireworks displays and officers will be issuing citations when probable cause exists. Over the Fourth of July Holiday, additional officers will be brought in to supplement the regular patrol crews to decrease response times to fireworks complaints.