Holiday events schedule

Holiday events schedule

As we approach Independence Day, The News-Gazette staff offers a look at some of the area's celebrations. If you have an event to add, please do so in the comments here.

June 29

RANKIN: Tractor pull, 6 p.m. Admission $10 for adults; $5 for children. People must be 21 or older to sit in the bleacher area in the beer tent. Concession stand will have sandwiches and other food.

June 30

ONARGA: Fourth of July Celebration 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Durham Park. Parade, talent contest, games, food, music, square dance and more. Fireworks at dusk. Information on Facebook at Onarga Chamber of Commerce.

RANTOUL: Firecracker Classic. Gates open at 5 p.m.; event runs until 11 p.m., behind Rantoul National Aviation Center, 6 Aviation Center Drive. Fireworks display. Ryan Ideus and the Feudin' Hillbillys, 9 p.m. Laser tag, car show, food, beer, vendors, 5K run and fun walk, giant inflatables, putt putt golf. 893-3323.

RANKIN: The Bill Polson Band and children's game, 1 to 3 p.m. Cake walk, 3 to 4 p.m. Gary Popel Band, 4 to 6 p.m. Taylor Wolf from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Southern Transfer will perform in beer tent after fireworks. Through Saturday, raffle tickets $1 each or six for $5 for a chance to win $1,000 (drawing Saturday night). Concession stand will offer fish dinners and shrimp.

July 3

DANVILLE: Fourth celebration at Turtle Run Golf Club & Banquet Center, 332 E. Liberty Lane. Hoosier Daddy performs, 6 p.m. on the beer deck. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. DJ entertainment inside from 10 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. Open to the public.

MONTICELLO: Freedom Festival. Lodge Park, 3:30 p.m. through fireworks at dusk. Games and inflatables for kids, live music from 4 to 9 p.m. Food vendors. Fireworks train departs at 8 p.m. from Wabash Depot (tickets $10 for adults and seniors; $8 for children 2-12; free for children under 2 with a paying adult; 877-762-9011 for reservations). Raffle tickets sold for camping prize package and Classic 1967 Ford Mustang. 762-7380.

Also: Independence Celebration Spectacular, Eli Field open house and air show. 6 to 10 p.m., just south of town. Air show of model airplanes, music, food and fireworks. 840-3400.

UPDATE: Monticello has canceled its fireworks because of exceptionally dry conditions. Tuesday's show planned for Lodge Park north of town will not be rescheduled.

July 4

BEMENT: Freedom Celebration. Bryant Cottage State Historic Site. Parade along Illinois 105; family friendly games, activities, food and fireworks. 678-8184.

Also: Bement Community Council "Let's Have an Old-Fashioned Fourth of July," 2 p.m. through fireworks at dusk. Most activities at Forest Preserve Park on Franklin and Wilson streets. Parade (2 p.m.), bingo, food vendors, kids games, fireworks. 678-8476.

Due to dry weather, the Bement fireworks have been canceled.

CHAMPAIGN-URBANA: Champaign County Freedom Celebration. Celebrate Independence Day and the 100th anniversary of the Girl Scouts, "Celebrating Our Youth." Begins with 9:30 a.m. registration for 19th annual youth run and 5K race/walk, east side of Assembly Hall on Fourth Street, Champaign. Youth run and 5K race/walk, 10:30 a.m. Adult 5K race/walk, 11:05 a.m. Parade at 1:05 p.m., starts near First and Florida, continues east on Florida to Lincoln Avenue, then north on Lincoln to California. Grand marshals: About 275 Girl Scouts, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the organization. Evening entertainment, 5 p.m. at Dodds Park/Parkland College, near Mattis and Bradley avenues. Bounce house, inflatables, carnival games, musical entertainment on the main stage with Tons 'O' Fun Band and food vendors. Fireworks, 9:15 p.m., choreographed and synchronized with a custom soundtrack on 93.5 and 95.3 FM. Live entertainment, 9:45 p.m. Free admission. Parking: $5 suggested donation.

HAMMOND: Hammond Community Boosters, Inc., "Stars and Stripes Forever," 6 a.m. through fireworks at dusk. Pancake and sausage breakfast 6 to 10 a.m., parade at noon, concession stands and kids games at 1 p.m., watermelon crawl at 3 p.m., bags tourney at 4:30 p.m., softball 4 to 6:30 p.m., pork chop dinner.

HOMER: Independence Day Celebration. 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m., Village Park and Village Hall. All-day fun and food for everyone: 3-on-3 basketball, volleyball, bag toss, Arts in the Park (crafts for all ages), kids contests, Little Mr. and Miss Firecracker Pageant, Fire Engine Waterball, Pet Parade Pageant, Petting Zoo, face painting, free games with prizes, parade, Car Tunes Band and fireworks. 202-0618.

MAHOMET: Freedom Fest Light Up the Lake at Lake of the Woods is going on as planned. Gates open at 3 p.m. with kids' games and food vendors. Music starts at 5 p.m. with fireworks at 9. Boat rentals will be closed for the day. $1 admission at the gate, kids 5 and under are free. In the event of rain, Freedom Fest will be rescheduled for July 5. Unless it is announced on website ( or on recorded message at 586-3360 that the event is canceled, it is still on. 

PAXTON: The Paxton Area Chamber of Commerce Old-Fashioned 4th of July Celebration, Pells Park. Fun run/walk, sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, at 8 a.m. on the south side of the park, with a 100-meter "diaper dash" for children 8 or younger, an 800-meter run for children 12 or younger and a 5K run/walk for people of all ages. Breakfast, 7:30 to 10:30 a.m., the American Legion building across from park. Flea market opens at 9 a.m. Car show registration, 9 a.m. to noon. Community worship service at 9:45 a.m., with a community choir. Also: Antique tractor show, children's parade, face painting, horseshoe tournament, kiddie tractor pull, numerous food stands, a preschool penny scramble and children's county fair games (Paxton-Buckley-Loda High cheerleaders will assist with games and face painting). "Blessing of the bikes" kicks off bike parade at 11:30 a.m. The Back Paiges band perform from noon to 2 p.m. at historic pavilion. Fireworks sponsored by city at 9 p.m., Memorial Field on Paxton's east side.

RANTOUL: Rantoul July 4th parade. Lineup starts at 9:15 a.m. at Maplewood and 136; parade kicks off at 10 and goes west on 136 to Grove and South of Fredrick to Wabash Park. 893-3323.

SIBLEY: Children's catch-and-release fishing derby at 9 a.m. at Sibley Lake. New slow-pitch softball tournament, with games at 10 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the championship game at 6 p.m., all at downtown ballpark. Air Life helicopter will land at 11 a.m. at the Old School Park. Parade registration, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the township building. Parade begins at 1 p.m. The band GPS from noon to 1 p.m. at the Sibley Park gazebo. Free activities for children, with old-fashioned games at 2:30 p.m. at Sibley Lake, and face painting from 4 to 7 p.m., interactive inflatables and FunBelievable balloons. Registration for the Cardboard Boat Regatta on lake, 3 to 3:30 p.m. with races 4 p.m. (directions for constructing a boat are at At 6 p.m. at the lake, parade and raffle prize winners are announced and the 2012 royalty will be introduced. At 6:30 p.m., Back Paiges will perform. Fireworks over Sibley Lake at dusk. Community organizations will have food stands at the lake pavilion all day.; 745-2549.

SULLIVAN: Sullivan Fourth of July at Wyman Park. Parade begins at noon. Other family oriented events hosted by Sullivan Area Merchants and the American Legion include a carnival (runs June 28-July 4), with rides set up in the Legion parking lot near the park. Annual turtle races at 2 p.m. and the watermelon-eating contest and sack races at 3 p.m. Fireworks display at dusk.

July 6

TUSCOLA: 2012 Sparks in the Park Celebration, 12:30 to 9 p.m. at several locations in town. Parade starts at 5 p.m. at Main and North Central and runs north on Main, then through Ervin Park; Action Inflatables, 5 to 9 p.m.; dunk tank, 6 to 8 p.m.; The Sugar Prophets Band, 6 to 9 p.m.; car raffle announcement, dusk; fireworks, dusk, Ervin Park.

Tuscola has canceled the fireworks on Friday evening. All other scheduled events for Sparks in the Park on Friday and Saturday will take place as planned.

WESTVILLE: Celebration will begin at dusk with a free screening of "Cars 2" in Zamberletti Park on Illinois 1, with free popcorn and pizza for kids. Face painting at 7 p.m.

POTOMAC: Beer tent from 6 p.m. to midnight, with live music by Mike and Kayla, at the Millie Curtis Park. Bags tournament at 7 p.m., with registration at 6. Call Luke Esteppe at 497-1079 to register.

July 7

DANVILLE: Danville Boat Club, 15750 Boat Club Road. Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; live music featuring Greg Lamb and King's Highway starting at 6:30 by the lake. Open to public; $5 cover charge for wristband admission to clubhouse and grounds (children under 10 are free). Food buffet at 6 p.m.; cost $8 (kids 12 and under $6 or kids' hot dog with chips and cookie for $4). Fireworks scheduled for 9:30 p.m. 442-4021.

POTOMAC: All events at the Millie Curtis Park unless otherwise noted. 5K Potomac Healthy Families Walk, 8 a.m. A coed softball tournament, 8 a.m. to dusk; to register call Joey Smith, 799-7035. Parade, 10 a.m. at Potomac Grade School (registration at 8:30 a.m.). Inflatables, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Vendors, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Community cookout, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beer tent, noon to midnight (music from noon to 3 p.m., Way Past Due from 5 to 8 p.m. and DJ Keith Eyre from 8 p.m. to midnight). New Breed Wrestling Alliance, 1 to 3 p.m. Bingo, 2 p.m. Bags tournament, 3 to 5 p.m.; to register, call Lucas Esteppe at 497-1079. Fish fry, 4:30 to 7 p.m. at American Legion hall. Fireworks, dusk at Potomac Grade School. Gun raffle before fireworks (tickets $5 for one and three for $10). 987-6900.

TUSCOLA: 2012 Sparks in the Park. Pancake breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m. and 5K Run/Walk (registration, 6:30 a.m.) 7:30 a.m., Tuscola community building. Abundant Market/Downtown Farmers' Market, 8 a.m. to noon, downtown. At Ervin Park: Boy Scout flag raising, 8 a.m.; 3-on-3 basketball and horseshoe tournament, 9 a.m. (registration 8 to 8:30 a.m.); water balloon toss tournament, face painting, dunk tank, Instinct Shooting with Chief A, 'The Unique Twist' balloon artists, action inflatables, all at 10 a.m.; mud volleyball, noon (registration, 11 to 11:30 a.m.); Andrew's Family Magic, noon to 3 p.m.; community pool party, 8 to 10 p.m.; The Patio Pickers Band and cake walk, 1 p.m.; Tuscola Point of Light Award Presentation, 3:30 p.m.; Tuscola Community Band Concert, 4 p.m.

WESTVILLE: Cornhole tournament, 10 a.m. (registration 9 a.m.), Zamberletti Park; registration $20. Golf cart show, 1 p.m. (registration at noon); registration $10. Beer garden, 10 a.m. to midnight. Stone Bluff, 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.; Suspicious Activity, 7 to 11 p.m. For the kids, all day until dark a bounce house, obstacle course and dunk tank.

July 8

WESTVILLE — American Legion pancake and sausage breakfast, 7 to 10 a.m., Zamberletti Park (donations requested). Fireworks, dusk behind Westville High School.


Comments for this post are read only.

motownmama wrote on June 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

Any information for Lake of the Woods fireworks in Mahomet?

mddbbrown wrote on June 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

Here is the information for Mahomet-

Join us July 4th (rain date July 5th) for Freedom Fest 2012 at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, Illinois. The boats open at 12:00 p.m.; food concessions and some family activities start at 3:00 p.m.; Music in Motion begins at 5:00 p.m.; and at 9:00 p.m., after a tribute to our service men and women, we LIGHT UP THE LAKE with a spectacular fireworks display set to music. Admission is $1.00 per person, with children five and under free. Expenses continue to increase, so additional contributions will be greatly appreciated.

mddbbrown wrote on June 28, 2012 at 10:06 am

Arthur's are Saturday night also -

2012 Arthur Freedom Celebration Fireworks
Saturday, June 30, 2012

The 2012 Arthur Fireworks Celebration will begin on Saturday, June 30th at 4 pm with an Air Show featuring WW II Aircraft, Helicopter Rides, and Skydivers preceding The Rural Patriot and one of the Best Fireworks Display in Illinois.   The 2012 Arthur Fireworks are on Saturday, June 30th, in Jurgens Park and begins at 5 pm as the Backyard Pyrotechnicians begin to light up the sky with fireworks, with the Gigantic Fireworks Display beginning at 9:30 pm. Food stands open at 4 pm.



motownmama wrote on June 29, 2012 at 7:06 am

Thank you mddbbrown! I also have the same question about possible cancellations

due to fire hazard wtih how dry everything is right now. I am sure that decision won't

be made until closer to festivities.

rsp wrote on June 28, 2012 at 9:06 am

Tolono is this Saturday but I don't have any info about what all they are doing. 

A Very Busy Mom wrote on June 28, 2012 at 4:06 pm

Is there any chance that any or all of the fireworks would be canceled because it is so dry out and there could be a fire risk? wrote on June 29, 2012 at 1:06 pm

Don't forget Monticello's 175th Celebration TOMORROW, June 30th in downtown Monticello!  Parade 1pm, antique tractor show 1-4pm, Arts Council silent auction 2-5pm, Brass Band of Central Illinois in concert 2pm, beautiful baby contest 2:30pm, Rib cookoff 12-5pm, watermelon-eating contest 3:30pm, Outlast in concert 3:30-6:30pm, BACK TO THE FUTURE ON THE BIG SCREEN- free showing- Sunset!

agandy498 wrote on June 30, 2012 at 6:06 pm

this was posted on the City of Monticello's facebook page:

The annual fireworks show at Lodge Park for July 3rd has been cancelled due to dry conditions.

agandy498 wrote on July 02, 2012 at 12:07 pm

Parade also