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City officials preparing for July 4 celebration

Kyger Street closed to traffic night of July 4 for pedestrian safety

Frankfort, Ind. – With TPA Park the setting for Frankfort’s annual July 4 celebration, Kyger Street will be closed to traffic east of Jackson Street to the creek beginning at 7:00 p.m. next Monday night for pedestrians’ safety. Visitors to the Park are encouraged to use Green Street to Burlington Avenue.

Frankfort Fire, Police, Parks and Street Department officials, along with representatives from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office will employ their Emergency Action Plan during the holiday.

According to Fire Chief John Kirby, with so many people typically watching the fireworks from the lawn area near Kyger Street, officials will close the street during the busiest time of the holiday, while keeping one lane designated for emergency vehicles.

“As always, our number one priority is the safety of our residents and the many visitors expected in Frankfort for the holiday and the celebration in TPA Park. The Fire Department’s grass truck will be at ground zero where the fireworks will be set off Monday evening around 10:15 p.m.

“We also will have two firefighters patrolling the park grounds from noon to 11 p.m. Residents and guests are reminded individuals are not allowed to light fireworks in TPA Park or consume alcohol. Since the Park is public property, if firefighters or police officers see anyone with fireworks or alcohol, the items can be confiscated,” Kirby said.

In addition to the firefighters on foot, Frankfort police officers will be on bike patrols throughout the Park on July 4.

According to Parks Superintendent Joel Tatum, Large Sound LLC will be playing music throughout the day with the TPA Park pool open regular hours from 11:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. with admission $3/person.  Kelly Eisenhower will perform at the bandstand in the Park from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

“A festival featuring 30 food and craft vendors will be in TPA Park beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday and will remain open until after the fireworks, so we encourage everyone to come and enjoy the festivities.”

WILO will be in TPA Park all day as well with the fireworks that night synchronized to WILO’s music beginning at 10:15 – 10:20 p.m.

“Once again this year, we want to thank the Frankfort Jaycees for their wonderful fireworks display that is the highlight of our entire celebration. The Jaycees do a great job providing a safe and enjoyable show for our residents and visitors and we are pleased to partner with them,” Tatum said.

Fire Chief Kirby shared the following fireworks safety tips:

  • young children should never play with fireworks
  • keep a garden hose or bucket of water nearby when lighting fireworks
  • light only one stick at a time
  • if when lit, a firework doesn’t work, do not try to relight it, but douse it with water
  • avoid buying fireworks that come in brown paper packages as those are produced for use by professionals and often contain large versions.

“The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 200 people on average every day in July end up in the ER due to firework injuries. Often the thrill of setting off fireworks can bring great pain if not done properly. We are asking for everyone’s cooperation this year to help ensure July 4 is a safe, relaxing and fun day for our entire community,” Kirby said.