Our nation’s birthday is a fantastic time to celebrate our independence and the beautiful summertime weather with family and friends. What better way to do that than in Madison County?! This year, Independence Day falls on a Tuesday, but that doesn’t mean you can’t go somewhere in our fair county to celebrate!
Here are 8 fun events you can attend with your friends and family this year!
Patriots in the Park in Granite City – June 29 – July 4: Come out to Wilson Park in Granite City from Thursday, June 29 and Tuesday, July 4 for fun you won’t want to miss! Enjoy a myriad of carnival rides, concerts, carriage rides, delicious food, and live entertainment. Don’t forget to stick around for fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on the 4th at the Coolidge Middle School Grounds! To learn more about this free event, please call (618) 877-3059.
Fireworks on the Waterfront in Grafton – July 1: Who doesn’t like fireworks with a beautiful riverfront view? Come out to Grafton Riverfront on Saturday, July 1 to enjoy colorful fireworks at dusk. Grafton business owners will be offering great food and drink specials, and there will be live entertainment and games for the kids before the fireworks happen. Then get ready to be dazzled as the fireworks dance over the confluence of the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers as you lounge on one of the many businesses’ decks or from a comfy spot on the riverbank. To learn more about this free event, please call (618) 786-7000.
Independence Day Celebration in Edwardsville – July 1: Check out the annual City of Edwardsville Fourth of July fireworks display at the American Legion this Saturday! The fun starts at 5 p.m. with the raising of the flag, followed by countless family-friendly activities and music from the Edwardsville Municipal Band. Kick back and relax during the fireworks show, which begins at dawn. Be sure to stay for live entertainment from Baywolfe after the fireworks! Learn more about this free event by calling (618) 656-9774.
Mississippi River Fireworks Festival in Alton – July 3: Alton is the place to be on Monday, July 3! Come out to the Riverfront Amphitheater #1 on Henry Street starting at 5 p.m. for a fun, patriotic time along the Alton Riverfront. Share delicious food and drinks, dance to live entertainment, and, of course, take in the beautiful sight of a fabulous fireworks display over the Mighty Mississippi at 9:15 p.m. The event is free, but you can purchase a special VIP ticket for an upgraded experience, which includes close parking to the event, entry to the amphitheater, assigned seating in the VIP area, and access to a VIP tent on the side of the stage with a private concession booth. For more information, call (618) 465-6676.
St. Mary’s Fireworks Fest in Alton – July 3: Want to enjoy the festivities and donate to a good cause? Join St. Mary’s at their school grounds on the corner of 3rd and Langdon at 5 p.m.! Enjoy carnival rides and other fun activities, including plenty of food, soda, and ice cream until the fireworks display takes off around 9:15 p.m. You’ll have the perfect view of the display on the school grounds. The event is free, but any purchases you make will go directly to support the St. Mary’s Youth Group, “The God Squad.” Call (618) 465-4284 for more information!
4th of July Fireworks in Highland – July 4: Bring your blanket, lawn chairs, and friends to enjoy an evening of family fun at Glik Park in Highland on Tuesday, July 4. The party starts at 4 p.m. and includes music, food and drinks, and inflatables for the kids. Don’t miss the spectacular fireworks show at 9 p.m.! For more information on this free event, call (618) 651-1386.
4th of July Fireworks in Troy – July 4: Live closer to Troy? Come check out the fireworks at the Tri Township Park in Troy! Enjoy an afternoon and evening of fun from 4 to 9 p.m., and don’t forget to bring your lawn chairs or blankets with you! Call (618) 651-1386 for more information on this free event!
Family Fun Fest with Fireworks in Godfrey – July 4: Bring your family out to Glazebrook Park in Godfrey on the 4th for an afternoon full of adventure! From 5 to 9:30 p.m., you can enjoy plenty of concessions, an assortment of food and drinks from vendors, inflatables, a bungee bounce, zip line, a cow train, and plenty of games, arts, and crafts, along with a fire truck and a face-painting clown. There will also be a flag and veterans recognition ceremony to celebrate those who have or had fought bravely for our freedom. The Great Godfrey Maze’s theme will also be announced before the fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. Best of all, it’s free! Call (618) 466-1483 for more information.
How will you be celebrating your 4th of July this year? Tell us in the comments below or on our Facebook page!