EP Police Stress Patience For July 4th

Get there early and don't be in a hurry to leave. Those are main tips if you're planning to watch UnityPoint Health Methodist Proctor Red, White and Boom in East Peoria's RiverFront Park.

"Take into consideration it takes 10 to 12 hours for everybody to filter into the place," according to Deputy Police Chief Rich Brodrick. "Then, everybody wants to leave as soon as it's over."

Brodrick says the key word to remember is - patience.

"On our side of the river there are only two ways in and out of there," Brodrick tells 1470 & 100.3 WMBD. "Screaming and yelling at people, honking your horns, trying to cut around people doesn't actually help. It doesn't make anything go any faster."

Brodrick says the Bass Pro Shops lot will be open again this year, but at the same time, "It does put those people all the way at the back of the line when it comes to getting out of there."

And Brodrick says get to your location by 9:15 p.m. He says after that, officers will be preparing the traffic patterns for people leaving RiverFront Park.

It's expected to take an hour two before the East Peoria riverfront is cleared. And, your exit route depends on where you park.

Brodrick says to pay attention to the officers directing traffic before and after the event.

"They're giving up their holiday to be there to make sure everybody else's holiday is safe and goes well."

Brodrick says there are some things you need to keep at home. As an example, fireworks of any kind will not be allowed.

"Fireworks, including sparklers, have the potential to burn somebody," Brodrick says. "If somebody brings something of that nature the officers will confiscate it."

Brodrick says grills and alcohol are not permitted in RiverFront Park. Tents and gazebos cannot be staked to the ground to prevent damage to the park's irrigation system.

Click here for East Peoria traffic information.


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