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Celebrate Independence Day in Derby

When to Purchase and Shoot Fireworks 

  • June 27-July 2, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • July 3 & 4, 8 a.m. to midnight
  • July 5, 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

2023 Event Schedule

42nd Annual Firecracker Race | July 4 | 4-mile at 7:30 a.m./1-mile at 8:30 a.m.
High Park, 2801 E. James St.

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Join the Derby Running Club for the 42nd annual Derby Firecracker Race. Pick between a 4-mile course or 1-mile course looped course through High Park. Cash awards for the fastest runners as well as age group awards.

Independence Day Parade "American Dream"  | July 4 at 10 a.m.
Sponsored by the Derby VFW Post 7253.
To enter the parade, visit
The parade begins at Panther Stadium, proceeds west on Madison to Georgie, south on Georgie to Market and east on Market back to Panther Stadium. Questions? Call the Derby VFW Post 7253 at 789-8244 or email

Derby Historical Museum Open 
| July 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Woodlawn and Market

The museum has something for all ages. Admission is free, donations are welcome.

Fire Station 81 Open House | July 4, 10:30 a.m. to noon
715 E. Madison Ave.

Derby firefighters will have fire trucks on display along with the Fire Safety House following the parade.

Rock River Rapids Open
12:30 to 5 p.m. (closes early due to the holiday)
Visit the website

Fireworks in the Park | July 4 at 6 p.m. (Fireworks begin at approx. 9:40 p.m.)
High Park, 2801 E. James St.

Bring a blanket and lawn chair and enjoy a fun evening in Derby at High Park. 

  • Food trucks include Cheezepanzee, Urban Skillet, Brazita Bites, Funky Monkey Munchies. Kona Ice, Taters N Toppings, and Life Gave Me Lemons Fresh Squeezed Lemonade.
  • ADA parking will be available at the Darrell Zimmerman Family Shelter parking lot.
  • No personal fireworks or alcohol allowed in the park.
  • Questions? Call Public Works at 788-0301 or email
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