4th of July celebration underway in Alton

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ALTON, IL (KTVI)- The fireworks show tonight in Alton will go on as planned but the flooding on the Mississippi River is forcing some changes. Event organizers say the Alton Amphitheater and Riverfront Park are also the best places to watch tonight`s show.

The fireworks for the Alton show are usually set off in West Alton but that land is underwater.  Th is year's fireworks will be launched on the Alton side of the river at the former Great Central lumber property. A favorite viewing spot for people just off Highway 367 in West Alton is also underwater.

More people will likely be heading into Alton to see the show.

The launch site change is forcing some added restrictions to parking, traffic flow and viewing areas. The parking lot on Henry Street will be closed to the public because it falls within the safety zone of the launch site. Drivers will be able to park in marked spaces around the amphitheater and in the Argosy Casino parking lot. Cars parked on the grass may be towed.

The Clark Bridge will remain open during the fireworks. Those in attendance should not stop, stand or park on the bridge.

Organizers are billing the show as the only one to be shot off over the Mississippi River this year.

The pre-show festivities, including food and fun activities for kids start Friday, July 3rd at 5p.m.

The fireworks show starts at 9p.m.