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4th of July Fireworks Traffic Advisory

Road Closures & Parking Restrictions

With the announcement that this year’s 4th of July fireworks would be deployed from Langum Park, the Police Department advised a couple temporary road closures would need to occur while the fireworks are deployed, as well as some parking restrictions that would be in place for the day of the event. Officers and EMA personnel will be at key locations on both the east and west side of the Fox River to help move vehicles around the temporary road closures. The following roadways will be affected:

During the Fireworks

Additional Patrols for the 4th of July

In addition to extra officers helping direct traffic and assist pedestrians crossing the roadways during the annual 4th of July fireworks celebration, the St. Charles Police Department also will have additional patrols out specifically seeking impaired motorists. The safety campaign will run from June 16 through the early-morning hours of July 5 to encompass three summer weekends leading up to and after Independence Day.

Fireworks Test

June 13 at Langum Park

In the evening of June 13, pyrotechnicians conducted a brief test at Langum Park in preparation of the upcoming fireworks display on July 4th. A few fireworks were launched from the site as part of the testing procedure. The fire department was on site, and police temporarily closed Riverside Avenue for approximately five minutes while the testing took place. We apologize for any inconvenience.


Two Businesses Cited for Selling Tobacco to Minors

Mayor Lora Vitek, acting as Liquor Control Commissioner, enforced local tobacco ordinances for two local businesses cited for selling tobacco/alternative nicotine products to minors.

The citations were considered at the May 15, 2023, hearing of the St. Charles Liquor Control Commission. The Commission considers alcohol, tobacco, and massage license issues. The following businesses were required to submit a $250 fine and $500 in court costs:

St. Charles Police Release April Distracted Driving Grant Numbers

The St. Charles Police Department worked in conjunction with the state of Illinois to bring awareness and conduct enforcement regarding distracted driving and the crashes that often directly result from drivers not focusing on the road.

During the month-long campaign that took place at various times and dates across both the morning and evening, the St. Charles Police wrote: