There’s no need to drive to Evansville to battle large crowds in order to see some spectacular fireworks displays this Fourth of July.
Newburgh, Boonville and Tennyson are all holding fireworks celebrations this year.
The Tennyson American Legion Post 463 is hosting a fireworks display at dusk on Saturday, July 2.
The fireworks will be shot off from the post on S.R. 161.
Beginning at 9 a.m., inflatables and games will be available for kids to enjoy. In addition, all kids ages 12 and younger can enter into a raffle for a new bicycle.
For everyone else, corn hole and horseshoe tournaments will be held throughout the day.
Food and drink vendors will be on hand, too.
Also on Saturday is the Newburgh Fireworks and Evening in the Park celebration.
Food and games begin at 5 p.m., followed with a concert by the Old Dam Community Band at 6 p.m. The fireworks will begin at 9 p.m.
Historic Newburgh, Inc. is selling buttons for $5, which will grant wearers access to VIP seating by the Old Lock and Dam Building.
Buttons can be purchased at HNI and at the Farmers Market.
On Sunday, July 3, Scales Lake in Boonville will host their annual fireworks display.
Spectators will be able to watch as the fireworks reflect off of Scales Lake.
According to the state, there were 85 cases of fireworks-related injuries and two deaths on the Fourth of July in 2015.
“Having more knowledge on fireworks safety and taking smart precautions when handling fireworks can lead to safer celebrations,” said State Fire Marshal Jim Greeson in a recent press release. “Fireworks make the holiday exciting, but Hoosiers need to remain vigilant about firework safety.”
According to the Indiana State Department of Health:
•more than one-third of all reported firework-related injuries involved individuals 18 years of age and younger.
•the average age of all injured persons was 24.5 years old; ages ranged from 1 to 78.
•hand and/or finger injuries accounted for 43 percent of firework-related injuries.
•firecrackers, rockets and aerial devices accounted for 47 percent of injuries.
•malfunctioning or mishandling of fireworks accounted for 58 percent of reported cases.
Greeson said glow sticks are a safe alternative to sparklers, which can burn at 1,200 degrees Fahrenheit.
For more fireworks safety tips, visit GetPrepared.in.gov.