The evening’s festivities begin at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment on the main stage which will be located along Kirby Ave between First & Oak Streets. There will also be children’s activites (bounce house/inflatables). Parking is available in the State Farm Center and Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) parking lots. Following the music, at around 9:10 p.m., there will be some announcements & presentations. After the announcements, there will be the singing of our National Anthem, an invocation, and then the retiring of our nations flag by a color guard. Immediately following, the always entertaining fireworks display. Drones are not permitted; the area is a no-fly zone for drones.
The Freedom Celebration Fireworks Location
The launch location will be lot E-14 west of the State Farm Center.
Once again this year, we will have a spectacular fireworks display! Melrose Pyrotechnics will treat us to a show they have carefully choreographed and synchronized with a custom soundtrack. They’ve put together some great shows for us in the past and this year is sure to be no different!
The fireworks will begin at dusk, approximately 9:15 PM. Should inclement weather affect the scheduled start time of the fireworks, in the interest of safety and public enjoyment, the Board of Directors and Committee will attempt to make a decision as to whether to delay the fireworks to a more advantageous time. Every attempt will be made to make this decision as early as possible to notify the public of any changes. Should a delay be required, all local media will be notified of the change.
Be sure to come early and sit close to the stage. You will be entertained by this year’s live band and when the evening show is completed, this is the best way to hear the synchronized music track. Should you find yourself out of range of the stage, be sure to bring a radio and you can hear the fireworks music on NewsTalk1400 WDWS AM and Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS. We would like to remind you, that This is a NO DRONE ZONE. If caught using a drone could result in a fine.
Musical Entertainment: Wreckless Whiskey
One of Illinois’ hottest, Bud Light & Mesa Boogie sponsored, country bands, Wreckless Whiskey aims to bring a fresh sound to the Midwest music scene and is available for 2019 bookings. They have been named Herald & Review Reader’s Choice Top Band for 2018 and 2019 and also named 2019 Top Band In The 217 by Illini Radio Group. With a focus on the sound of country rock, these guys are high energy and sure to entertain. They have several original songs of their own, but don’t be surprised to hear a throwback or even songs from other genres on occasion that are always crowd favorites. Their play list ranges from artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and other of today’s top artists. So far, Wreckless Whiskey have opened for country acts such as Dan & Shay, Chris Janson, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, Walker McGuire, Drew Baldridge, Joe Diffie, Travis Tritt, Kane Brown and Tyler Farr. Thank you for your interest in Wreckless Whiskey and taking the time to look over our social Facebook page and we look forward to the opportunity of coming to a town near you!
Blake Harned (Lead Vocals)
Josh Davis (Bass Guitar & Vocals)
Noah Williams (Lead Guitar & Vocals)
Tommy Patton (Drums)
MC: Scott Beatty (Promotions, Host and Producer – WHMS)
National Anthem: Crystal McCullough
Invocation: Meadowbrook Community Church
Taps: Kiara Chavarria
Honor Guard: Troop 1 Boy Scouts of America
“Star Spangled Banner” by Whitney Houston
“National Embled March” by E.E. Bagley
“Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
“America the Beautiful” by Straight No Chaser
“Chicken Fried” by Zac Brown Band
“God Bless America” by Leann Rimes
“Armed Forces Medley” by the United States Marine Band
“What a Wonderful World” by Louis Armstrong
“Philadelphia Freedom” by Elton John
“Living in America” by James Brown
“Our Country” by John Mellencamp
“Golden Dream” from EPCOT’s The American Adventure
“God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood
“Stars & Stripes Forever” by John Philip Sousa
“You’re a Grand Old Flag” by the Mormon Tabernacle Choir