3rd & 4th of July Fireworks
If you haven’t heard, the Peoria/East Peoria annual fireworks show normally held on the 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day has been postponed to the fall due to COVID restrictions during the planning stages. So what’s a fireworks fan to do to get their fix in 2021 in the Peoria area? Read more below to learn more about the 2021 4th of July Fireworks in the Peoria area.
Good news! There are several 4th of July Fireworks shows that are taking place not too far from home if you’re a Peoria area resident. Details are included below. The Pekin Area Chamber of Commerce will host their 2021 4th of July Honor America Celebration at Pekin High School Memorial Stadium from 7 – 10 pm. Gates open at6 pm and fireworks begin at dusk. There will be entertainment and games for families and kids prior to the fireworks and food and drinks will also be available for purchase hosted by the Pekin High School booster plus Bill’s lemonade. Admission is $5 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12, children 5 and under are free. For those who would like to watch from home, the fireworks will be live-streamed on the Pekin Chamber Facebook page also.
Morton’s annual fireworks display will take place in a new location this year, McClallen Park, which is at the corner of U.S. Route 150 (East Jackson Street) and Tennessee Avenue on the east side of Morton. There will be live music with Cousin Eddie from 2 -4 pm and the Joe Stamm Band from 6 – 8 pm sponsored by the Morton Fine Arts Association, food vendors, a beer tent, inflatables, and Laser Ops Mobile Gaming starting at 2 pm with the fireworks at dark. Admission is free. Bring blankets and chairs. There will be parking on-site plus Morton Park District residents can purchase for $5 in advance on their website and if there are any spots left on Monday, June 28, any available spaces will be available to purchase by non-residents of Morton. Additional free event day parking and viewing locations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis at the United Methodist Church (420 N. Tennessee Ave.) and Grace Church (1325 E. Jefferson St.). The VFW will be operating the beer tent for this event also. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
For those in North Peoria, the fireworks at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe might be your best bet. Admission is free and there will be concessions, a full bar, live music, and other events that will take place leading up to the show. Parking is first-come, first-served, so get there early for a spot with full visibility.
And the band Whiskey Bent will perform on the KDB Center Stage at the Spring Bay Legion on Saturday, July 3rd beginning at 7 pm & fireworks will take place starting at dusk. Admission is $5 and concessions will be available. It’s suggested that attendees bring lawn chairs. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
And if you want to catch a baseball game to go along with your fireworks this year, the Peoria Chiefs will do one after their games on the 3rd and the 4th. They’re playing the West Michigan Whitecaps and the game starts at 5:35 pm. Tickets are $14 for field seating, $16 for dugout seating, and $32 for outfield party area with a 4th of July cookout (this option is only available for the 4th). For more information and to buy tickets, visit the Chiefs website.
Other Independence Day Events
The annual 4th of July Freedom Boat Parade will take place on Saturday, July 3rd on the Peoria riverfront gathering at 9:30 am and the parade starting at 10 am. It will cruise northbound for an hour, then back south for an hour with an after-party to follow at Par-A-Dice Beach. For more information, visit the White Trash Bash Facebook page.
The Peoria Jaycees Firecracker 5000 5k mile run/walk will take place on Sunday, July 4th beginning at 7:30 pm. The 3.1-mile flat course through downtown Peoria and along the Riverfront with two water stations along the way begins and ends at the former Hooters location. Registration is $35 through July 1 and includes chip timing, refreshments including subs from Avanti’s & draft beer for those 21 & up (while supplies last). For more information and to register, visit https://www.peoriajaycees.com
The Peoria Municipal Band will perform on the lawn at the Noble Center (located in Lakeview Park) on Saturday, July 3 beginning at 7 pm. There won’t be fireworks like they normally have on the 3rd of July when they perform at the Glen Oak Amphitheatre (which is closed this year due to COVID), but they will be performing patriotic music to celebrate the holiday. Directed by Dr. David Vroman, Director of Band Activities and the Department Chairperson for Music at Bradley University, for more information visit www.peoriamunicipalband.com
As always, make sure to check out the ExplorePeoria.com Events Calendar for Peoria area entertainment & events!