In Peoria, police will block Water Street to vehicular traffic between State Street and Hamilton beginning at 6:15 am until 11 pm or whenever the fireworks crowd clears out. Access to Water Street will be open at Liberty Street ONLY for parking at the Peoria Riverfront Museum garage. There will be no parking in the riverfront lots during the event.
Note: Washington Street remains closed between Walnut and Persimmon Street for construction. *NEW*Washington is open between Walnut and Liberty including the new roundabout at Washington and Harrison.
The general public should find a place to park west of Washington Street. Street parking is available downtown with no meter charge. Note: There may be areas downtown where street parking is prohibited due to construction so watch for the signs.
The city parking garages are open and free. The Twin Towers lot and the Washington Parking Deck at Washington and Fulton are paid lots.
Handicapped parking is available at the city lot across from the CAT parking garage at the foot of Hamilton and Water. Police will direct only those vehicles marked with proper handicapped identification.
The Bob Michel Bridge will be closed to all traffic at approximately 9pm. The bridge will remain closed through the fireworks.
There will absolutely be no stopping, parking or standing on I-74 at the Murray Baker Bridge during the air show portion or fireworks.
I-74 eastbound (downtown) exit ramp at Washington will be closed during the fireworks.
Directions to Peoria Riverfront
From I-74 West: Go across the Murray Baker Bridge to the Adams/Jefferson exit, the first exit off the bridge. Use Jefferson Street south into downtown. Traffic can also use the Riverfront Drive flyover ramp in East Peoria to the Bob Michel Bridge. Use Kumpf Street on the Peoria side to Adams or Monroe.
From I-74 East: Use the Glen Oak exit and stay in the two left lanes for Fayette or use the two right lanes and take Hamilton or Main Street into downtown. The Washington exit will also be open, but parking for the event is generally west of Washington. Use the Washington exit to Hamilton.
Leaving the Fireworks Peoria: Downtown streets and ramps may be opened and closed as situations warrant. The entrance ramps to westbound I-74 are open at Washington, Glen Oak (the tunnel by OSF) and Knoxville. The entrance ramps to eastbound I-74 are open at Knoxville, Glen Oak (at UnityPoint Health - Methodist) and on Fayette just past Jefferson.
CityLink will provide Park and Ride service to the downtown July 4th activities. Buses will run a continuous shuttle from "Evergreen Square" starting at 5:00 p.m. dropping passengers at the CityLink Transit Center. The last bus will leave for the Fireworks at 8:30 p.m. Buses will return passengers back to Evergreen Square after the Fireworks and the streets reopen. The last bus will leave the CityLink Transit Center at 11:00 p.m. returning to Evergreen Square. Cost is $1.00 each way.
In East Peoria, parking is available in a the Riverfront Park lot across from the park's entrance and the Riverside Center (Wal-Mart Super Center and Lowes) parking lots. No RV or trailer parking will be allowed in the Riverfront Park parking lot. In addition, no parking of any kind will be allowed on Conference Drive near the Embassy Suites Hotel.
All Interstate 74 ramps leading to Riverside Drive and eastbound Interstate 74 exit ramp to North Main Street (Route 116), as well as the Bob Michel Bridge, will be closed at 9:15 p.m.
The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Additionally, Bass Pro Drive will be closed directly behind Wal-Mart starting at 6 p.m. The parking area at Bass Pro Shops will be accessible by Riverside Drive. Bass Pro Drive will remain closed until after the fireworks display is over and all pedestrians have left the park area.
No parking will be allowed on the Interstate 74 east and west flyover ramps.
IMPORTANT: The East Peoria Police Department requests that people be considerate and not use multiple parking spots for lawn chairs and other accessories in the Riverside Center parking lots. Parking lots must be used for vehicles, not chairs.
In East Peoria, handicapped parking spaces are located in the parking lot adjacent to Riverfront Park. Additional designated spaces will be in the area across from the parking lot parallel to the river. All of the spaces are on a first come-first serve basis. Vehicles must display proper handicapped identification.
Directions to East Peoria Riverfront
From I-74 East or West: Use the Route 116/Main Street or Riverfront Drive exits.
Leaving the Fireworks in East Peoria: For those parked in the Riverside Center shopping complex, the roadway between Lowe's and Wal-Mart SuperCenter will be the official traffic dividing line. Those parked on the Wal-Mart side will be directed one way, and those parked on the Lowe's side will exit another way.
Everyone on the Wal-Mart side will exit onto the dividing roadway heading toward River Road (the road toward the front of Wal-Mart, Arby's, etc.) The River Road traffic will then be directed to West Washington Street with options to turn right onto the Bob Michel Bridge, left onto West Washington Street or to the flyover to access Interstate 74 east and west. No left turns will be allowed onto West Camp Street from River Road.
Everyone on the Lowe's side will exit onto Riverside Drive, which will become one way with all traffic heading out to West Camp Street. All traffic MUST turn left (east) onto West Camp Street. Access will not be allowed to I-74 from West Camp Street. Motorists will be directed to the intersection of Main and Camp streets to access the interstate.
North Main Street (Route 116) between Camp and Washington streets will be closed after the fireworks for approximately one hour. Southbound North Main Street (Route 116) and eastbound West Camp Street traffic will be able to reach South Main via East Camp to westbound East Washington. Northbound South Main Street and eastbound West Washington Street traffic will be able to reach northbound North Main Street via eastbound East Washington Street to westbound East Camp Street.
I-74 west and east will be accessible on East Washington Street and North Main Street. The I-74 west ramp on East Camp Street will also be open.
Those who park in the lot in the Town Center II shopping center will have to exit traveling east on the Springfield Road extension. The westbound Springfield Road extension at Taylor Street will be closed just prior to the fireworks until approximately 11:30 p.m.
All Levee District parking will have to exit at intersection of Altorfer and Washington Street, and will only be able to travel east on West Washington.
East Peoria Police are asking motorists to PLEASE BE PATIENT!