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Fireworks Along the Mississippi River

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Fireworks Along the Mississippi River

Watch the fireworks whizz and whirl overhead as they light up the sky with vivid colors and fiery sparks this 2017 Independence Day holiday. Come view the best and brightest firework display beside the Mississippi River at the Alton Fireworks Spectacular located at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Bring the family out to experience one of the five different firework displays along the Meeting of the Great Rivers.

 Sunday, June 25th

This first of many firework displays to take pleasure in this Independence Day is the annual Fireworks Celebration hosted by Cornerstone Church on Sunday, June 25 from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. This event will be held at the St. Louis Regional Airport at 8 Terminal Drive East Alton, IL 62024. Bouncers, games, food, horse rides and entertainment will kick off the event. Live entertainment will include the Roots in Blue Air Force Band and Slow Down Scarlett. The grand finale of the event, the fireworks, will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. The activities and entertainment are free and food will be offered for sale on the grounds. This celebration is a family-friendly event and guests are asked not to bring alcohol or coolers onto the airport grounds.

 Saturday, July 1st

Celebrate the 4th of July a couple days early and witness the breathtaking Fireworks in Grafton. Fireworks will start at 9 p.m. along the Grafton Riverfront at Front Street Grafton, IL 62037. Arrive early for entertainment and food specials at local restaurants.

Before the fireworks begin bring your lawn chair and enjoy Grafton’s Music in the Park with a free concert by The Shrubheads from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Grove Memorial Park in Grafton. A 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. Admission is free. 

Head on down to The Loading Dock Bar & Grill in Grafton on July 1 to get a front row seat of the Grafton Fireworks at 9 p.m. Show up early to grab food and listen to Jam Station play from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. before watching the fireworks soar overhead.

 Monday, July 3rd

Now this is an event you don’t want to miss! Come experience the magnificent glow of the Alton Fireworks Spectacular at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater on July 3 starting at 5 p.m. Sit beside the great Mississippi River while watching fireworks illuminate the night sky and reflect vivid colors onto the river’s water. As one of the few firework displays over the river it is a must see for all. Before the fireworks begin enjoy live entertainment from the patriotic Airforce Band of the Midwest from 8 p.m.-9:30 p.m. The 2017 Alton Fireworks Spectacular will begin with a bang at approximately 9:30 p.m. Become mesmerized as fireworks soar, spreading their brilliance among every face watching. Open seating is available on the lawn area and general admission is free with a VIP option available for $25 per person.

Don’t want to sit on the lawn to watch the fireworks? Bluff City Grill will hold its 2nd annual Independence Day rooftop party also on July 3. The party starts at 3 p.m. with music by DJ Pom, then live entertainment at 7 p.m. by Lady Luck and the Warehouse Project. Pre-register ahead of time or register at 3 p.m. the day of for the First Annual Bluff City Corn Hole Tournament at 4 p.m. It’s $40 per team, so grab a partner. Beer, soda, and BBQ will be available on the outside upper level venue and a fully stocked bar inside. Seated is limited so bring a lawn chair to get an amazing view of the Alton fireworks at 9 p.m.

Red, White & Brew. Join The Old Bakery Beer Company for its 3rd annual fireworks viewing party on July 3 from 5 p.m.-11p.m. The party will be held in the shared parking lot of The Old Bakery Beer Company and Hansen Meat Co. For only $5 you will have access to Old Bakery Beer and BBQ featuring Hansen Meat Co products, live music from the Poor Dirty Astronauts and haven a guaranteed seat to view the Alton firework display.

Mark your calendars for the St. Mary’s Fireworks Fest on July 3. The event starts at 4 p.m. with live music, beer, food, games, fun and a great view of the Alton Fireworks. Free admission to this family friendly event at St. Mary’s Catholic Church and School in Alton. 

Another place to check out is Mac’s in Downtown Alton for live entertainment and great food after the Alton Fireworks Spectacular. Don’t miss the free concert in the street featuring the Gin Blossoms performing shortly after the Alton fireworks end, roughly 10 p.m. on July 3rd.

(For parking options please see the map below) 

Parking map for Alton Fireworks Spectacular


 Tuesday, July 4th

Blast off your Independence Day celebration at the 4th of July Family Fun Fest at Robert E Glazebrook Park located at 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey, IL 62035. The event starts at 5 p.m. with a Patriot Bike Decorating contest for children ages 5-11 year. Children should dress up their bikes and bring their patriotism out to be judged after a short bike parade around the park. Participants must be pre-registered by Friday, June 30 to participate in the contest and entry forms are available at the Parks Office, 6810 Godfrey Road, Godfrey. Admission is free and activities will continue throughout the night until the firework display at 9:15 p.m.

Another spot for 4th of July fireworks is the annual Independence Day fireworks hosted by the city of Jerseyville. Come see the fireworks ignite at 9:30 p.m. from the Jerseyville American Legion Fairground located at 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Jerseyville, IL 62052. Admission is free.