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July 4th

Around the Region: 4th of July Fireworks

Jul 1, 2016
Western Illinois University

The U.S. celebrates a major holiday this weekend. With the 4th of July falling on a Monday this year, there's some variety on when celebrations are scheduled during the three-day weekend. 

Independence Day is often met with parades, picnics and marching bands. But, the most popular way to celebrate is by lighting up the night's sky with fireworks.

We've compiled a list of the best places to see free fireworks shows in the tri states region this holiday weekend.

West Central Illinois Fireworks shows:

Lewistown Fireworks:

When the statue of Frederick Douglass was unveiled in the U.S. Capitol on June 19, Vice President Joe Biden quipped that Douglass was “one of my favorite Republicans.”

A Fort Madison tradition marked a significant milestone this year.

The Charlie Korschgen 4th of July Kiddie Parade got its start in 1913.

Andy Andrews was Grand Marshall for the 100th Anniversary of the event.

He has been involved in the organization of the Kiddie Parade for more than 50 years.

Andrews says it got its start when Korschgen decided to teach the neighborhood kids about patriotism and July 4.  He says the first parade had just 14 kids.

Carthage is Planning a Big Birthday Bash

Mar 23, 2012

Carthage will celebrate its 175th birthday in conjunction with the annual Fourth of July celebration. The celebration will last the entire week.

Community Development Director Bob Livingston said the community has enthusiastically embraced the celebration. Dozens of volunteer committees are shaping the event. The committees are looking to the past to find a symbol for the celebration.