Crews Preparing Dress Plaza for July 4th Fireworks

As Tri-Staters prepare to celebrate Independence Day, preparations are underway on fireworks displays across the region.

One of those venues is Dress Plaza on the Evansville riverfront, where workers are clearing out debris washed ashore from the Ohio River.

Earlier today, it was populated by debris and dirt and other things, which had to be cleared out to make room for fireworks watchers.

Before people can focus on the sky, city workers focused on the ground.

"Every time I've tried to go down to the plaza, it's either been covered by water, or covered with other stuff," says Nancy Shields, who was visiting Evansville from Memphis.

That other stuff city workers disposed off: branches, dirt, even parts of trees that washed ashore. City officials say this is the third time this year they've had to clean the plaza.

"We try to make it presentable," said Todd Robertson, Transportation and Service Executive Director for the city of Evansville. "They go through the bleachers, and try to clean up any trash and debris from the bleachers. So, those are some of the items that we try to do to get it prepared."

Robertson says even if water levels were still high, people could still sit on some bleachers, but gates to the plaza would still be closed. Some watchers look forward to having more room To watch the things that go boom.

"I really do because whenever we had the air show, we couldn't go down there. There was too much debris," says Stevie Bass of Evansville.

"It'd probably be nice," adds Shields.

Robertson says workers were planning to work longer than usual hours to get the grounds ready for tomorrow.

Evansville's fireworks display is set to start tomorrow night at 9:00 PM.

(This story was originally published July 3rd, 2017)


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