July 4 celebrations: Where the fireworks are
Sauk Valley residents will have several opportunities to catch fireworks displays, along with other family-friendly activities. Among them:
Live music from local bands will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday downtown, followed by fireworks at dusk.
Call 815-857-2323 or 815-857-3814 for more information.
Dixon’s annual 5-day Petunia Festival begins Tuesday and ends with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday.
They will be launched from 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 the show will be synchronized with music on River Country 101.7 FM.
Go to www.petuniafestival.org for all the festival details.
Mount Carroll’s Independence Day celebration starts Wednesday afternoon with the Firemen’s Pork Chop Dinner at the fire station, 318 S. Clay St.
The parade begins at 6 p.m. downtown, and ends at the West Carroll Middle School Athletic Field, 633 S. East St., where the pork chop dinner will continue. There will be a band concert, then fireworks at dusk.
Call 800-244-9594 for more information.
Mount Morris’ 6-day celebration, Let Freedom Ring, runs Friday through Wednesday on the historic downtown square. It ends with fireworks at dusk at David L. Rahm Junior High School, 105 W. Brayton Road.
In between are too many activities to count, including a carnival, beer garden, craft fair, a truck show, bed races, a bags tourney, a petting zoo, a motorcycle parade, a grand parade, a patriotic bell-ringing ceremony, Elvis, monkeys, food, and raffles.
Go to www.letfreedomringfestival.com for all the details.
Prophetstown Main Street will have a family-friendly Red, White and Blues Festival from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in Eclipse Square, featuring Brooke Thomas and The Blue Suns.
The Fourth of July celebration the next day will offer a 3-on-3 basketball tournament at 8 a.m.; a horseshoe tournament at 10 a.m., children’s races at 2 p.m., and picnicking, food, camping. The rock ’n’ roll band Kizmaz will perform from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk, all at Prophetstown State Park.
Attendees can bring coolers, beverages and lawn chairs.
Go to www.prophetstown.us or call Prophetstown Main Street, 815-537-5139, for more information.
Savanna’s Independence Day celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at West Carroll High School, 500 Cragmoor St. with free fire truck rides. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Admission is free; concessions will be available.
The Sterling-Rock Falls Jaycees fireworks display begins at dusk Friday at Westwood Sports and Fitness Center, 1900 Westwood Drive in Sterling.
Admission is $5 for a carload. There will be a bounce house and concessions.
To learn more, click here to visit the Jaycees on Facebook.