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Fun on the Fourth

Fireworks and other fun Fourth celebrations are planned around the Sauk Valley next week. Among them:


The Fireworks Festival will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday at Amboy Depot Museum, 99 E. Main St.

Local business owners will sell food; and musicians will perform live. Fireworks will start at dusk. Admission is free.

Call Deanne Hoy at 815-857-3814 for more information.


The Byron Dragway, 7287 N. River Road, will have fireworks Thursday. Gates open at 5 p.m. Drivers can show off their vehicles in a free car show. Spectator drag racing will be from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Children’s activities will be provided. Concessions will be sold. Fireworks will start at dusk. Admission is free.

Call 815-234-2762 for more information.

Davis Junction

Fireworks will start at dusk July 6 at Davis Junction Community Park at Moody and Lincoln streets, followed by Movies in the Park. “The Sandlot” will be shown. Admission is free.

Call 815-645-8000 for more information.


The Petunia Festival fireworks will be at 9:30 p.m. July 7 on the south side of the Rock River near the 900 block of West First Street.

Spectator seating will be allowed on both sides of the river, and on the Peoria Street Bridge, which is new this year. Synchronized music will play on River Country 101.7 FM.

Go to or call 815-284-3361 for more information.

Franklin Grove

Re-enactors will portray the delegates who signed the Declaration of Independence at 9 a.m. Thursday at Chaplin Creek Village, 1715 Whitney Road.

The document will be read, and a choir will perform.

Go to or call Max Baumgardner at 815-632-7843 for more information.


Fireworks will start after the 7 p.m. Clinton LumberKings game Thursday.

Mount Carroll

The city will celebrate with food, live music, a parade, and fireworks Thursday.

There will be music and a food stand from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the fire station on Clay Street. The parade will be at 6 p.m., starting at the old school on Main Street and ending at West Carroll Middle School, 633 S. East St. Afterward, firefighters will serve brats and pop at the middle school athletic field. Fireworks start at dusk on the field. Admission is free.

Go to or call 815-244-4424 or 800-244-9594 for more information.

Mount Morris

The annual Let Freedom Ring Festival will be held Wednesday through Saturday at the Historic Downtown Square.

Wednesday features the Little Miss and Mr. Pageant at 6 p.m.; the Let Freedom Ring queen coronation and ice cream social at 7 p.m.; and the Kable Band and community choir concert at 8 p.m.

Thursday, it’s the Firefighters Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. at the firehouse, 15 E. Center St.; the Lois Nelson Walk at 8 a.m. at Dillehay Park; a patriotic program at noon at the band shell; the 50th ringing of the original Freedom Bell and the official Illinois State Freedom Bell, and the Feed the Needy motorcycle parade at 1 p.m.; grand parade at 2 p.m., followed by a food court, craft fair, and entertainment until 7:30 p.m.; Kable Band concert at 8 p.m. behind David L. Rahn Junior High School, 105 W. Brayton Road; and the Fireworks Extravaganza at dusk at the school.

Friday will feature a craft fair, food court and live music all day. The John Bednarczyk Kiddie Parade will be at 5:30 p.m., followed by kiddie water fights, and live music. Entertainment starts at 8 p.m. in the beer garden. 

Next Saturday will feature family activities from noon to 5 p.m. They include pony rides for children, a bags tournament, antique truck show, craft fair, food court, and live music. The Jonas Levi Fultz Memorial Car Cruise and Show will begin at 4:30 p.m. Drivers will run the parade route at 6:15 p.m. Dan Lornitis, hypnotist, performs at 6:30 p.m. Entertainment at the beer garden begins at 8 p.m. The Mounder Party will be at 9 p.m., with the final raffle drawing at 11 p.m. at Mount Morris Moose Lodge, 101 Moose Drive.

Go to or call 815-734-6425 for more information.


“Some Kind of Wonderful,” a free concert featuring singer Tony Barton and his nine-piece band, Chi-City 9, will be held Wednesday in Eclipse Memorial Park.

P-town band Reflex Blues opens the show at 6 p.m. Barton swings and sings Bublé, Sinatra, Elvis, and Cash, with a dash of Rockabilly thrown in to boot from 8 to 10:30 p.m. It’s BYOB and lawn chairs.

Go to to learn more about the showman.

Thursday’s fireworks at Prophetstown State Park have been canceled because of flooding.

Go to or call 815-537-5139 for more information.


The Rochelle Municipal Band performs until dusk, then fireworks begin at 9 p.m. Thursday at Atwood Park on 20th Street.

Go to or call 815-562-7031 for more information.


A celebration starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday with a parade on Main Street.

The party continues at West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor St., with food, fire truck rides, a bounce house, and face painting. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Go to or call 815-273-2722 for more information.


The Sterling-Rock Falls Jaycees fireworks start at dusk Thursday at Westwood Sports and Fitness Center, 1900 Westwood Drive. Entry charge is $5 per carload.

Call 815-718-5089 for more information.

Amazing Grace’s annual Fourth of July Celebration will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Thursday at the church at 512 Second Ave.

Free activities include water slides, a rock wall, Eurobungy, and cannon blasters. The fire and sheriff’s departments, hospital, and National Guard will display equipment. Hot dogs, chips, burgers, brats, snow cones, cotton candy, nachos, lemon shake-ups, pop, and water will be sold. Proceeds will benefit U.S. troops. Children younger than 10 must be accompanied by an adult.

Go to or call 815-625-9300 for more information.


Walnut’s Hometown Celebration runs Thursday through Sunday next week.

The parade begins at 2 p.m. Saturday. Fireworks will be held at dusk Sunday near Bureau Valley North School, 323 S. Main St.

There also will be a beer garden; food vendors; live music; kids games; bags, softball, volleyball, and tug-of-war tournaments; bingo for seniors; a silent auction for Walnut Library; Rotary Club pancake breakfasts; craft booths; wood carvings; a vehicle show; duck races; a dunk tank; an antique tractor and farm machinery show; Cub Scouts Soap Box Derby; bed races; a greased pig chase; Tot-Rod Pedal Pull; and coin scramble.

Find Village of Walnut on Facebook or call 815-379-2141 for more information.

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