1. INDEPENDENCE PARK, MARQUETTE HEIGHTS
The Marquette Heights Men’s Club of Central Illinois’ FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA provides food, fun and fireworks Saturday, July 1, at dusk at Independence Park, 615 LaSalle Blvd. Marquette Heights. (Rain date: Sunday, July 2). Fireworks Extravaganza 2017 is in memory of Galen R. Clark Sr., a member of the Marquette Heights Men’s Club and founder and president of Central States Fireworks. Central States Fireworks will be contributing additional fireworks to this year’s show to honor Galen’s memory and his love and passion for entertaining crowds with fireworks for over three decades.
2. GLEN OAK PARK, PEORIA. The Peoria Park District will host its annual 3rd of July Fireworks Spectacular on Monday, July 3, at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre. Festivities will begin at 4 p.m. and conclude with a patriotic fireworks show over Glen Oak Park Lagoon. Guests will enjoy performances from the following: 4:30 p.m. — Peoria Park District Explosion Dance Tea; 5 p.m. — Dexter O’Neal and the Funk Yard; 7:15 p.m. — Children’s Community Theatre cast of The Lion King Jr.; 8 p.m. — Municipal Band Patriotic Concert. Fireworks begin at dark! Food vendors will be on site. Bring a blanket or lawn chairs to enjoy the show. To find out about special seating reservations, contact Melinda Huett at 309-681-2859.
3. RIVERFRONT, PEORIA. Unity Point Health Red, White & Boom! features Peoria-based band Jammsammich Monday, July 3, from 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. live at The US Army Stage on the Peoria Riverfront. Tickets are $7 and can be bought at the door. On July 4, in Peoria, prior to the fireworks, there will be a Kids Zone area where children can play from 4-8 p.m. in the parking lot south of the River Station. From 6-8 p.m., Spring Creek Station will play at Liberty Park. The fireworks show, which is synchronized to music, begins at 9:30 p.m. Listen live on 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, G 102.3, and Superhits WIRL.
4. RIVERFRONT PARK, EAST PEORIA. The Unity Point Health Red, White & Boom! can also be viewed from Riverfront Park in East Peoria. The schedule of events is: 5-8 p.m. – Wildlife Prairie Park exhibits; 5-10 p.m. – Mix 106.9 live radio broadcast; 9:25 p.m. – Pledge of Allegiance led by Nicole Moore, 2016 East Peoria Festival of Lights Queen; 9:30 p.m. – fireworks display. REMINDER: No personal grills are allowed, and fireworks of ANY kind are prohibited. This includes sparklers. Food is available from 5-8 p.m. and includes grilled pork chops and hot dogs, soda and water. To prevent damage to RiverFront Park’s irrigation system, tents and gazebos cannot be staked to the ground. All tents are to be removed by 8:45 p.m. No grills or alcohol are permitted in RiverFront Park. Recycling bins will be located next to garbage cans throughout the park. Please put only recyclables (soda cans, plastic bottles, clean cardboard, clean paper, etc.) in the recycling bins. 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.
5. PEKIN MEMORIAL STADIUM offers a 4th of July Honor America Celebration. Gates open at 6 p.m. The event is from 6-10 p.m. July 4. Fireworks begin at dusk (around 9:15 p.m.) Rain date is Wednesday, July 5. Fees/Admission are on a donation basis: Adults are $5; Children 6-12: $1; Children, 5 and under, are free. Entertainment TBD. No coolers or outside food allowed. Concessions are sold inside. Blankets (not tarps) and lawn chairs are allowed on the field. For more information, visit http://www.pekinchamber.com.
6. THREE SISTERS PARK, CHILLICOTHE. Chillicothe’s 4th of July Fireworks Display starts at 9 p.m. July 4 at Three Sisters Park, 17189 N. Route 29, Chillicothe. Admission is free. Gates open at 1 p.m. with food vendors and bounce games for kids. Directional arrows will be in place on Route 29 at both the north and south gates. Parking will be first-come, first-served. After 8 p.m. only the front parking area will be open. Those attending should bring lawn chairs. The rain date for fireworks is July 8. Volunteers are still needed in a number of capacities to make the event a success. Volunteers will be needed to solicit donations in the crowds at Three Sisters Park, as well as viewing areas in the city. Volunteers are also needed to help park cars. Anyone who would like to volunteer should call Chillicothe Fourth of July Committee chairman Steve Maurer at 309-369-5448 to sign up. Event Parking: Do not park along Route 29 or in the front grassy area of Three Sisters Park.
Compiled by Jeanette Brickner • Pekin Daily Times