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Fireworks over the Confluence tickets allow visitors to view firework displays from the top two levels of the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower from 8 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. July 3-5.
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Safety zone map
ALTON — Because of high water, Alton officials have been forced to move the launch site for the fireworks to the former Great Central Lumber property. This move has resulted in added restrictions to parking, traffic flow and viewing areas for this year’s fireworks show as follows:
- The parking lot on Henry Street will be closed to public parking as it falls within the safety zone of the fireworks’ launch site. Only Argosy employees and amphitheater staff will be allowed to park in the limited spaces available in the lot. Any unauthorized cars parked in the Henry Street lot after 3:30 p.m. Friday, July 3, 2015, will be subject to tow.
- The east and west edges of the safety zone will be marked with orange temporary fencing. Officers will patrol these areas and anyone found inside may be subject to arrest.
- The west entrance to the Argosy Casino and Riverfront Park parking lots will be closed to the public. All traffic into the park area must enter from Henry Street.
- Parking will be available in marked parking spaces around the amphitheater and in Argosy Casino’s parking lot. Any vehicles parked on grass will be subject to tow.
- Once the lots are full, vehicular access to the park will be closed.
- Henry Street south of Landmarks Boulevard will be closed to traffic beginning at 9 p.m. and will remain closed through the fireworks show.
- Ridge Street south of Landmarks Boulevard will be closed to traffic from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. during the fireworks show.
- No parking on the levee will be allowed. Spectators may choose to sit on the levee as long as they stay in the grass outside of the safety zone.
- The Clark Bridge will remain open during the fireworks show. No stopping, standing or parking is allowed on the bridge.
- Please keep the pedestrian bridge from Broadway to Riverfront Park clear at all times.
- No personal fireworks, other than sparklers, will be allowed in the park. If fireworks are found they will be confiscated and the owner will be ticketed.
- Following the fireworks show, traffic leaving Riverfront Park will be directed east only. No traffic will be released to the west. Please plan your commute accordingly. Remember — Broadway remains closed from Alby to Market Street.
- Officers on scene will be wearing orange traffic vests. If you have questions during the event, contact one of the posted officers.
Fireworks Over the Mississippi will be Friday, July 3, at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater, 1 Riverfront Drive.
Gates open at 5 p.m. The best viewing spots are Alton’s Riverfront Park and the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
Children’s activities, traditional Fourth of July food vendors and entertainment are on tap throughout the evening. This fireworks display is the only one over the Mississippi River in the metro region this year.
Activities begin at 5 p.m. with the Children’s Village. Entertainment will begin at 6 p.m. when the Alton-based band The Wherehouse Project takes the amphitheater stage at 6 p.m. The United States Air Force Band of Mid America will follow with its performance at 8 p.m.
The “Children’s Village” will feature five inflatables for children, glitter, airbrush and face-painting as well as a balloon artist for a small fee. Festival food, including hot dogs, funnel cakes, kettle corn, cotton candy and Hawaiian ice, will be available.
Admission to the amphitheater for the fireworks is free, although special VIP tickets are available and include a private concession area, restrooms and one VIP parking spot close to the amphitheater. The VIP tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased in person at the Alton Visitors Center at 200 Piasa St. in Downtown Alton or the Fox Theater in St. Louis. Telephone and online ticket sales are no longer available.
Street and lot parking is available in downtown Alton and the parking lot at Williams Street across from the Ardent Mills building. No parking is available this year in West Alton because of flooding.