Announcement of July 4th Fireworks Celebration - Reopening Updates for Paducah Parks and Farmers’ Market

Date of release: June 4, 2020
Independence Day 2020 Celebration

The City of Paducah along with event sponsor Independence Bank is thrilled to announce a plan for the community to enjoy a July 4th fireworks celebration that allows for the continued attention to health and safety through social distancing.

On Saturday, July 4, the community is invited to turn its attention toward Paxton Park Golf Course for a fireworks show.  The City has contracted again with Arthur Rozzi Pyrotechnics.  The show will focus on the use of high aerial fireworks that will be visible from many parts of the city.  Paxton Park will be closed to the public.

Parks & Recreation Department Director Mark Thompson said, “As many cities have made the decision to cancel their Independence Day events, we tried to be innovative and look for partnerships.  I want to thank Paxton Park for their collaboration and for providing a great site centrally located to many neighborhoods.  I encourage citizens to enjoy the fireworks show from their yards and sidewalks. After spending a little time determining an unobstructed viewing location away from a building or tree, I think this will turn into a memorable evening to celebrate our country.”

The fireworks show will begin at 9:15 p.m. with a rain date of Sunday, July 5 if needed.  The Parks & Recreation Department is working to have the accompanying music for the fireworks show on a local radio station.

Parks Updates:  The Parks & Recreation Department also is announcing additional reopening plans effective Friday, June 5. 

Independence Park located at the corner of Lone Oak Road and Alben Barkley Drive is reopening to the public on June 5.  The park is open daily from 8 a.m. until sunset.  Please note that is not an official dog park.  Dogs must be leashed as required at other City of Paducah parks in ordinance with Code of Ordinances Chapter 14. Additional rules for Independence Park that are in effect due to the coronavirus pandemic include a limit of 10 people in the park at a time and to maintain social distancing only one person should enter or exit the gate at a time.

The Stuart Nelson Dog Park and the Skatepark at Noble Park have expanded hours and will be open daily during park hours.  Currently, Paducah’s parks are closing at sunset.  The Noble Park Tennis Courts will be open daily during parks hours as well.  Plus, singles and now doubles matches are permitted.  Many of the guidelines exacted to slow the spread of the coronavirus still are enforced and are listed as follows. 

  • parks updatesStuart Nelson Dog Park
    • Masks are recommended for dog owners. 
    • Maintain social distancing. 
    • One person at a time should enter or exit the gates.
    • Limited to no more than 10 people at one time inside each dog park.
    • If people are waiting, limit your time in the park to one hour or less.
  • Skatepark at Noble Park
    • Limited to 10 participants or fewer at a time. 
    • Maintain social distancing. 
    • One person at a time should enter or exit the gate.
    • No spectators inside skatepark fencing.
    • Masks are recommended for spectators. 
    • If people are waiting, limit your time in the skatepark to one hour or less.
  • Noble Park Tennis Courts
    • Courts 2 and 4 are closed.
    • No spectators inside court fencing. 
    • Maintain social distancing on court and in spectator areas. 
    • Masks are recommended for spectators.
    • If people are waiting, limit your time on a court to one hour or less.

Farmers’ Market:  The Paducah Homegrown Farmers’ Market in downtown Paducah will be opening on Saturdays from 7:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. beginning June 13.  The season runs through October 24.  New this year is the Mid-Week Market at Carson Park which will be each Tuesday during July and August from 3 until 7 p.m. 

City Hall:  Regarding City Hall located at 300 South 5th Street, the tentative plan is to reopen the facility on Monday, June 15 with guidelines and limitations.  Stay tuned for details on the hours and processes.  Until the facility is reopened, please continue to use the drop-box located next to the front door on the 5th Street side to drop off payments and correspondence.  The general information phone number for City government is 270-444-8800.  Also, check the city’s website for various email addresses and departmental phone numbers. 

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