June 28, 2019

July 5 City Fireworks Show May Have Early Start Depending On Weather

(JULY 5/9:30 a.m. Update)

The City fireworks show is slated for the 9:30 pm timeframe this evening. Because of the threat of severe weather again this evening, fireworks officials may proceed with the show as early as 8:45 p.m. to beat the weather. Officials will again be closely watching the radar and forecasts to see what adjustments need to be made. According to current forecasts, looks like storms may push through earlier and clear out to allow the show to proceed as scheduled. Public advised to get a location and be ready for an early show.

(JULY 4/9 p.m. Update)

Due to the severe weather impacting Rapid City, the City's Fireworks Show is postponed until Friday night at approximately 9:30 p.m.



Be Mindful of Flooded Bike Path Areas

            Parking options to view the City fireworks display include the downtown parking ramp, the City/School Administration Center, Civic Center parking lots, Rapid City Central High School, areas near Founders Park and the downtown area, including east of Fifth Street.   As for viewing options, consider the Civic Center lots, top tier of the parking ramp, Legacy Commons greenway and Memorial Park and the adjacent bike path area, Founders Park area, downtown parking areas, Skyline Drive and areas around 'The Gap'.

            The Rapid City Police Department will be restricting and prohibiting access near the display area around the Executive Golf Course.   Consider arriving early to obtain prime parking and viewing options for the display and drivers are urged to use caution when driving along Omaha and adjacent areas near the fireworks display area both before and after the show due to increased traffic in the area.

            The public is advised to use caution and be mindful of City bike path areas that remain closed due to elevated water levels from Rapid Creek.


City Pools Open, Landfill & Library Closed;

Trash Collection Schedule Profiled;

Rapid Transit Service Not Operating

            City offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4th in observance of Independence Day.  The first meeting of July for the Rapid City Council is Monday, July 1 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers and will include the election of Council officers for the next year.

            The Rapid City Landfill will be closed with no trash and recycling collection on July 4. Trash collection will operate on a normal schedule on Monday and Friday of holiday week with Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday collections taken a day earlier, leave out until collected.       

            City pools will be open on July 4th from noon to 6 p.m. and the Roosevelt Swim Center will be open from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 4th.

            The Rushmore Plaza Civic Center will be closed July 4-5.

            Rapid Transit Service operations, the Rapid City Public Library (both locations) and the Roosevelt Ice Arena will be closed on Independence Day.  The Roosevelt Ice Arena will be open Friday, July 5 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. and Saturday, July 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. and 7-9 p.m. for the last public skating opportunities before the Arena closes for a month for annual maintenance. 

            Administrative offices at the Rapid City Police Department, Fire Department and Rapid City Regional Airport will be closed on Independence Day, however police and fire services will be on duty and Regional Airport will be open.


            Fireworks go on sale and are eligible for discharge from June 27-July 7 in South Dakota, City officials remind residents and visitors that City ordinance prohibits fireworks within city limits with the exception of 'novelty fireworks' such as sparklers, party poppers, snappers, toy caps and flitter sparklers (Ordinance 8.24.020). 

                This year, the time frame for the sale and discharge of fireworks in South Dakota is Thursday, June 27 through Sunday, July 7.

            City officials also urge the public to use extreme caution if they are in areas where fireworks are permitted and also with the use of novelty fireworks.  A sufficient water source on hand when using novelty fireworks, barbeque grills and other fire sources is advised.  

            Ordinance 8.24.020 is outlined below:

8.24.020 IFC Chapter 33, Section 3301.1.3 Fireworks.

8.24.020 IFC Chapter 33, Section 3301.1.3 Fireworks.

   The possession, manufacture, storage, sale, handling and use of fireworks are prohibited.


  1. Storage and handling of fireworks permitted in Section 3304.
  2. Manufacture, assembly and testing of fireworks as permitted in Section 3305.
  3. The use of fireworks for display as permitted in Section 3308.
  4. The sale or use of certain novelty fireworks within the city are permitted, and are limited to the following:
  5. Party poppers (not to exceed 0.25 grain).
  6. Snappers (not to exceed 0.02 grain).
  7. Sparklers (not to exceed 3.5 oz.).
  8. Toy caps (not to exceed 0.25 grain).
  9. Flitter sparklers (not to exceed 0.2 oz.).

   Any person violating this chapter shall be subject to the general penalty provision of § 1.12.010.

(Ord. 5864, 2012; Ord. 5844, 2012; Ord. 5725, 2011: Ord. 5628, 2007)


Thank you,

Darrell W. Shoemaker | Communications Coordinator

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