Red, White & BOOM Traffic and Parking
Traffic updates will be provided on these Midwest 360 stations:
- 1470 and 100.3 WMBD
- 93.3 The Drive
- 104.9 The Wolf
- Mix 106.9
- 95.5 The Sports Nut
- Superhits WIRL
Bass Pro Shops will close its store at 6 p.m. July 4, and its large parking lot will be available for fireworks viewing via Riverside Drive.
Fireworks attendees need to pay attention to the no parking signs at Walmart and the Riverside Center businesses. 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 Center Drive near the Embassy Suites and on the Interstate 74 east and west flyover ramps.
Handicapped parking spaces will be in the parking lot adjacent to RiverFront Park and in Walmart's parking lot near the automotive center. They are available on a first come, first served basis. Vehicles must display the proper handicapped license plate or mirror tag.
When thousands of people come to a party, there will be traffic slow-downs. The East Peoria Police Department encourages patience and humor when driving to and from fireworks viewing areas, and to be mindful of pedestrians and police officers directing traffic.
There is significant road construction along West Washington and Camp streets, and motorists should expect delays.
July 4 Traffic Patterns
- Walmart – Vehicles in the Walmart parking lot will exit on River Road to West Washington Street, turn left on West Washington and continue east to the roundabout where they can go toward the Cedar Street Bridge or continue east on Washington to Main Street. The Interstate 74 on-ramp on West Washington by River Road is closed due to construction.
- Bass Pro – Vehicles in the Bass Pro Shop parking lot will exit the lot onto Riverside Drive, following it to West Camp Street. They will turn east (left) onto West Camp Street and can turn left onto the I-74 on-ramp or continue to Main Street where vehicles can turn north on Main or continue east on Camp. No westbound traffic will be allowed on West Camp Street from Main Street to River Road.
- Target – Vehicles in the Target parking lot can exit onto Spinder Drive or Clock Tower Drive. Spinder Drive traffic will be directed to either turn right on West Washington toward the roundabout toward the I-74 on-ramp or continue to the Cedar Street Bridge. Traffic exiting onto Clock Tower Drive will be directed to the roundabout and can continue to the I-74 on-ramp on West Washington Street, to the Cedar Street Bridge or to eastbound Washington Street toward Main Street.
- Planet Fitness – Vehicles in the Planet Fitness area of Main Street will be directed onto Springfield Road or may go south on Main toward Creve Coeur. Northbound Main Street will be closed at West Washington Street at 9:15 p.m. until fireworks traffic has cleared.
- Southbound Main Street will be closed at Camp Street at 9:15 p.m. until fireworks traffic has cleared.
- At 9 p.m. Camp Street will be closed eastbound at River Road and westbound Camp Street will be closed at Riverside Drive.