Public’s safety is number one priority
Frankfort, Ind. – With the City’s annual Fourth of July celebration set once again for TPA Park, various roadways through the park will be closed to traffic to enhance park visitors’ safety, including North Park Drive (at the light post) closing at 7:00 p.m. that night. Visitors are encouraged to use Green Street to Burlington Avenue; Kyger Street will be open this year.
The road between the tennis courts and North Park Drive will be closed all day. The road by shelter #1, the petting zoo and the large restrooms up to the concession stand also will be closed all day. Finally, the road by the bandstand/gazebo and the concession stand will be closed all day to allow for safer foot traffic throughout the park.
Multiple City departments – Fire, Police, Streets and Parks – along with representatives from the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office will utilize their Emergency Action Plan during the holiday to help ensure a smooth and safe celebration for all.
According to Fire Chief John Kirby, public safety always is City officials’ number one priority.
“Our focus always 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 that Tuesday 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. We also are asking everyone to obey all traffic signs,” Kirby said.
According to Parks Superintendent Joel Tatum, activities start in the Park that day at 10:00 a.m. with more than 20 food and craft vendors open at that time all the way until after the fireworks conclude.
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 and kids two and under free.
“We are excited to have The Hunter Smith Band performing from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. at the bandstand and Hunter Wainscott playing from noon – 2:00 p.m.,” Tatum said.
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.
“Again this year we want to thank the Frankfort Jaycees for their outstanding 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 on average 230 people go to the ER every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July holiday. 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.