Firework show traffic patterns


Decatur – On July 4, the Decatur Park Singers and Young Park Singers will perform at 7:15 p.m. in the Anna Bethel Fisher Rock Garden parking lot, just south of Nelson Park Pavilion #1. A 20-minute fireworks display over Lake Decatur will follow the concert at approximately 9 p.m. Details regarding Nelson Park parking and traffic routing appear below. Patrons are encouraged to be patient and expect traffic delays.


No Parking Areas

  • Lost Bridge Road
  • Lake Shore Drive
  • Route 36


Road Closure

Lake Shore Drive in Nelson Park is permanently closed from the Rock Garden parking lot east to the Becker Underpass. For the safety of Independence Day patrons, the road closure on July 4 will include the roadway beginning at the Snack Shack. 


Traffic Pattern

During the day, normal traffic patterns will be in effect except for temporary re-routing during the Staley Firecracker Road Run on July 4 from 7:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.


After the Fireworks

After the concert and fireworks, all traffic from west of the Boat House lot to Chandler Park will exit to the west onto Lost Bridge Road at the Chandler Park entrance.


All traffic from the Boat House lot, Paul's Puttin' Place lot, and Nelson Park Dog Park lot will exit to Lake Shore Dr. and turn west toward 22nd St.    


Traffic along Nelson Blvd. will be directed north to Rt. 36. It is suggested that vehicles going northbound make use of the side streets to the west to avoid long waits at the Rt. 36 stoplights.


The public should be informed that a short delay and slight detour will actually result in less wait time to exit the park area following the fireworks. Click here for the map

*Release provided by the Decatur Park District

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