RANTOUL — They won't be running in wedding attire, but some participants in this year's Rockin' the Runway 5K race/walk will be hoping they win a free wedding gown.
Lindsey Lane Bridal of Rantoul will sponsor a Race for the Gown as an enhancement to the race.
The 5K race/walk will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Rantoul airport as part of the Firecracker Classic celebration that will last all evening.
It won't be the fastest participant who wins the gown. A drawing will be held the evening of the event.
Any bride, bridegroom or member of a bridal party who participates in a walk-run event may register the bride to win a free bridal gown.
The race is part of the All-Area 5K Competition. Runners must compete in three of the four races to qualify for the All Area 5K. The competition also includes races in Fisher, St. Joseph and Gifford.
A combination of times from the three races will be used to determine the winner of the all-area competition.
Rantoul will celebrate the nation's independence over two days. In addition to the activities the evening of July 3, the community will hold a parade at 9:30 a.m. July 4.
July 3 activities
There will be more for children to do at the Firecracker Classic July 3.
Amanda Briggs, Rantoul Area Chamber of Commerce director, said in an effort to give children more to do, more activities will be available in the Kids Zone.
"It's a bunch of different games and activities for kids to do," Briggs said.
The events range from bag toss to face painting to bowling and a variety of picnic-style games.
Inflatable house activities will also be set up, and paintball target shooting will be available.
The Firecracker Classic events run from 5:30-11 p.m.
The fireworks begin around dusk, 9 p.m.
Two bands will perform throughout the evening, including the Cover Four band, which plays a variety of hits from country to rock, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., and the Black and Blue Band, a country-style band that has opened for Sugarland, a well-known country act, from 7-11 p.m.
Raminator monster truck rides will be furnished by the Hall brothers of rural Thomasboro. Donations will be requested to ride on the truck, all of which will go toward creation of a veterans' memorial in Rantoul.
Admission to the Firecracker Classic will be $5. Children get in free unless they want to get into the Kids Zone, in which case they are charged $1.
July Fourth parade
The parade will be held on the same route as in past years, with one change. It will start at 9:30 a.m. — one half hour earlier than normal, Briggs said.
The change in start time was made to accommodate those parade entries that also want to appear in the Champaign-Urbana Freedom Celebration parade, which has been moved up to 11 a.m.
The parade begins at the corner of Maplewood Drive and Grove Avenue and heads west down Grove before ending at Wabash Park.
For more information, visit http://www.rantoulchamber.com or call 893-3323.