Tri-State Independence Day Celebrations

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Radio Dubuque / Dubuque Jaycees Fireworks & Airshow on the River
Schedule of Events
Sunday, July 2
1–8 PM Independence Day Celebration Preview
Dubuque’s Independence Day celebration, sponsored by Radio Dubuque, starts early in the parking lot of Kennedy Mall. There will be a variety of US Military displays, including an Army Display. Visitors can get a free American Flag, courtesy of Richardson Motors and food and drink specials will be available from The Mining Company.
4–7:30 PM Bounce House and Games
Fun for the kids from Midwest Inflatables.
7 PM Golden Knights Jump
The US Army Golden Knights jump into the Richardson Motors Drop Zone in the Kennedy Mall parking lot.

Monday, July 3
9 AM–5 PM Independence Day Celebration Kick Off
Kwik Stop/Dairy Queen/Fazoli’s parking lot (16th and Kerper Blvd.)
11 AM Golden Knights Jump @ Southwestern High School
(1415 Fairplay St, Hazel Green, WI)
The celebration kicks off with a US Army Golden Knights jump into the Southwestern Wildcat Football Field at 11 am. The Golden Knights will be jumping from a Navy MH-53E Sea Dragon Helicopter. After the Golden Knights jump into the Southwestern Football Field, this aircraft will attempt to land on the football field. Everyone will then be able to tour this 99ft long aircraft until 1 pm.

The Independence Day celebration continues in AY McDonald Park next to the Hawthorn Boat Ramp just below Lock and Dam 11
6–8:30 PM Salute to our Heroes Air Show:
• Air Show Announcer Luke Carrico
• Military Swearing in Ceremony
• Aerostars Demonstration Team
• Golden Knights Parachute Team
• US Army Special Operations Semi
• Mike Wiskus Lucas Oil Pitts Plane
• US Navy F-18 Hornet
• USMC Harrier (one of only 4 displays in the country in 2017!)
• A-10 Warthog/P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight

Dark: (9:45 PM) The Fireworks Spectacular!

More details in the Jun 29 issue of 365ink!

East Dubuque Independence Day Celebration
Saturday, June 24,  9:30 PM
@ Downtown East Dubuque, IL
East Dubuque gets a jump on celebrating Independence Day, hosting their annual Fireworks on Saturday, June 24. The display goes off shortly after dark, around 9:30 PM. There are no additional planned activities prior to this year’s fireworks show, but you are sure to find great food and drinks along Sinsinawa Ave. earlier in the evening. So grab you lawn chairs and blankets and some extra coil for dinner and head to downtown East Dubuque.

Fireworks & Duck Race
Sunday, June 25, 5 PM
@ Camp Albrecht Acres (Sherrill, IA)
Albrecht Acres hosts its annual Fireworks and Duck Race fundraising event, Sunday, June 25. Gates for the event open at 5 p.m. with the duck race at 8 p.m. and fireworks set to begin at dusk. For those not familiar with a “duck race,” participants “adopt” rubber ducks for a small donation. Approximately 1,000 of the little rubber duckies are then placed in the pond at the camp. The Sherrill Fire Department next sprays water to move the ducks across the pond. The first five to reach the finish line make their adopted parents eligible for a variety of prize packages. Admission to the event is just $4 per person or $10 per carload (pile in!), with kids 12 and under free. Food and drink will be available for purchase with kids’ games, face painting, and a fishpond available and beanbags for adults. Proceeds of the event benefit the campers at Camp Albrecht Acres. Camp Albrecht Acres is located at 14837 Sherrill Road in Sherrill, Iowa. For more information, visit

Tri-State Wind Symphony Concert
A Star-Spangled Spectacular! with Legion Post # 6
Thursday, June 29, 7:30 PM
@ Eagle Point Park Band Shell
The Tri-State Wind Symphony celebrates the Independence Day holiday by hosting “A Star-Spangled Spectacular!” concert in partnership with American Legion Post # 6 at the Eagle Point Park Band Shell on Thursday, June 29 from 7:30 p.m.

55th Annual Bellevue Heritage Days
July 1–3, (Bellevue, IA)
Bellevue celebrates Heritage Days and the Independence Day holiday with a weekend of family-friendly activities and attractions at a range of venues. Enjoy carnival rides all three days! The weekend gets started Friday, July 1 with a Teen Dance featuring Absolute Music from 9-11:30 p.m.

Activities for Saturday, July 2 include the BHS vs. MHS Alumni Baseball Game at 5:30 PM followed by the Bellevue Braves game at Cole Park. Also at 5:30, an outdoor dance at Cole Park featuring Gypsy Pistols from 5:30–7 p.m.; Jaelyn & The Broncos, 7 – 8:15 PM and The Dingleberries from 9 PM – 12;30 AM. Refreshments and food are available.

There will also be live music at the Bellevue American Legion Hall from 7:30 – 11:30 PM by Razor Ray and others. The American Legion Flag Burning ceremony will take place from 8:20 – 9 PM at Cole Park.

Sunday, July 2 starts off at 10 a.m. with the Heritage Days Parade, which ends at Cole Park, the venue for carnival rides, children’s games, bingo, concession stands, refreshment garden, FFA petting zoo, a kids’ pedal tractor pull, area dance team performances, an antique tractor/classic car and motorcycle display, a Human Foosball Tournament, and live music featuring Nutsy Turtle from noon to 3 p.m. and Fifth Fret from 3-6:30 p.m. At 4 p.m., hypnotist Jim Wand will perform and at 6 p.m., the Ski Bellevue water ski team puts on a show just south of Lock and Dam #12. Just before the fireworks that evening, the Bellevue Area Chamber of Commerce will make the drawing from raffle tickets for a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox or $15,000 cash. And finally, the Bellevue Heritage Days fireworks, conducted by the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department. Raffle tickets are available at Bellevue State Bank, Fidelity Bank, and other Bellevue businesses; or call the Chamber office at 563-872-5830. Fireworks at Dusk by the Bellevue Volunteer Fire Department. Rain Date is Monday, July 3.

Guttenberg Stars & Stripes Celebration
Saturday, July 1, 3–10 PM
@ Ingleside Park (Guttenberg, IA)
Guttenberg’s Stars & Stripes Celebration gets started the morning of Saturday, July 1 with CR Interact Club’s 8 a.m. 5k run/walk from North Park Gazebo. That afternoon around 3 p.m. The Lockmaster’s House Heritage Museum will be open from 12-4pm, and the Lock & Dam #10 observation deck and DNR Aquarium will also be open.

Entertainment for kids will include barrel train rides, games, inflatable bounce house, slide, and obstacle course, face painting, a watermelon eating contest, water balloon launch, and water games with the Guttenberg Fire Department. Inflatables will be open from 3-9pm.

Entertainment will begin in the park at 3pm, featuring music by The After Party llc. Food vendors will be serving cotton candy, funnel cakes, sandwiches, maidrites, popcorn and kettlecorn, hot dogs, walking tacos, nachos, snow cones, sweet and sour chicken, egg rolls, and more! The beverage garden will be serving pop, water, and alcoholic beverages from 4-10pm.

At 1, 3 and 5 PM, Bent Willow Studio & Gallery will be holding Paint it Forward painting classes, for ages 12 and older, participants 12 and younger need a parent to supervise. $15 per canvas, first come first serve. The painting will be a neon and glow- in-the-dark fireworks piece.

New addition to Stars & Stripes 2017, test your wits and try to unlock the puzzle of the Escape Mobile Challenge Room! Groups of four, ages 16 and up can participate in this challenge and try to escape in one hour! $15/person. Pre-register by messaging the Escape Mobile Challenge Room Facebook page to guarantee your spot, or find their mobile unit on North River Park Drive with the Stars & Stripes festivities on July 1.

The parade theme this year is “Celebrating Summer,” and all are welcome to enter floats, mini floats, golf carts, decorated bicycles, etc. There is no advance registration, parade participants just need to arrive at the staging area behind Meuser Lumber at 6pm to get lined up for the parade at 7pm. Prizes will be awarded! Following the parade, the award winning Clayton Ridge Drill Team will perform.

At dusk, a dazzling fireworks display will be set off over the river, so bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit in the park and enjoy the show.

Ghost Sunday Comedy Show
Sunday, July 2, 1– 2:30 PM
@ Field of Dreams (Dyersville, IA)
Watch the Ghost Players emerge from the magical corn at the Field of Dreams Movie Site to entertain the crowd with their special blend of family-friendly comedy with a special message. Bring your lawn chairs, sunscreen and desire for fun! No carry-ins please at this event, but they do offer a full concession stand with hot dogs, burgers, snacks, pop, Gatorade, water, beer and wine coolers. A few audience members will be chosen to play with the Ghosts and all are welcome to autographs from and photos with the Ghosts after the show! The gift shop will be open as well. What’s more American than the Field of Dreams on 4th of July Weekend? 28995 Lansing Rd, Dyersville, IA.

Dyersville Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 3, 5 PM
@ Commercial Park (Dyersville, IA)
The Dyersville Independence Day Celebration will be held Sunday, July 3 at Commercial Park in Dyersville, Iowa. Come out and enjoy one of the fireworks displays, food stands, games, and entertainment. Although the fireworks begin around dusk, there will be plenty to do before that with carnival rides starting at 5 p.m. $12 ride tickets are good for all rides all evening. Plus bingo at 6 p.m. and square dancing at 6:30 p.m. Food and cold beverages are available all evening. eserve stadium seats at American Trust in Dyersville for the fireworks.

Platteville Heritage Day
Tuesday, July 4, 9 AM–5 PM
@ Mining & Rollo Jamison Museums (Platteville, WI)
Celebrate July 4th at the Mining & Rollo Jamison Museum as they put on their annual Heritage Day Community picnic from 9 AM – 4 PM. Enjoy Hobby Horse Races with obstacles to celebrate our special exhibit on the Big Badger Fair. Play 19th century games such as hoop rolling, jacks, horseshoes, graces (a unique game of catch), sack races, soap bubbles, and stilts. Complete a fun museum scavenger hunt. Witness special demonstrations of mechanical music boxes, gramophones, and a foot-powered jig saw. Check out the display of cars by the Southwestern Wisconsin Auto Club. Local collectors will show antique tractors and demonstrate hit and miss engines. You can see how these handy little machines helped farmers shell and grind corn and pump water.

The Platteville Music Boosters will be sponsoring a food stand offering brats, hot dogs, snow cones, ice cream and more. The Rountree Art Gallery will feature offer an art project.

The 5K Walk/Run and the Youth Walk/Run begins in front of the museum with registration at 7:30 and an 8:00 start. Listen to the music of The Wundo Band performing (from 12:00 until 4:00) Admission to the above and to the Museum exhibits is free for the day.

54th Annual Ham House Ice Cream Social
Tuesday, July 4, 11 AM–4 PM
@ Mathias Ham House
The Ice Cream Social at the Ham House, The Dubuque County Historical Society’s time-honored Independence Day celebration, returns on Tuesday, July 4. The patriotic celebration takes place at the Mathias Ham House Historic Site, 2241 Lincoln Avenue, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visitors can tour the rooms of the stately Ham House, experience frontier life at the Arriandeau Log House and Humke one-room school, listen to live music, participate in colonial activities, and hear the thunder of cannon fire. Free tours of the Ham House are also provided.

This year’s celebration will include traditional cakes and ice cream treats as well as delicious picnic food favorites such as brats, hot dogs, pulled pork, chips, soda, and lemonade available for purchase. The Ice Cream Social will also feature living history demonstrations and activities for children including Victorian games, crafts, and prizes.

Admission and house tours are free and open to the public; however, donations will be accepted. Proceeds will benefit the Mathias Ham House Historic Site, a property of the Dubuque County Historical Society. The Ice Cream Social is sponsored by U.S. Bank, Prairie Farms Dairy, and Queen B Radio.

Galena Independence Day Community Celebration
Tuesday, July 4, 10 AM @ Multiple Locations
Parade and Fireworks
6 PM @ Downtown Galena, IL
While Galena celebrates Independence Day in traditional fashion on the actual Fourth of July holiday, it makes a full day of it. The celebration gets started at 8 a.m. with the Buckhill Run, part of Galena ARC 4th Annual 4th of July Community Celebration at Galena’s Recreation Park. The This 3.35-mile run or 2-mile river walk is nestled in the quaint town of Galena. The event starts and finishes at Galena’s Recreation Park. Athletes must be registered by June 27 to receive a race shirt. The event features bounce houses, art/craft area, face painting, grass volleyball tournament, slam dunk contest, 3-point shooting contest, softball game (Galena Fire Dept. v. Galena Elks Club), dunk tank, and bingo. For more information or to register for events, e-mail or call 815.777.2248.

At 3:30 PM, live entertainment starts on the Green Street Plaza, featuring the Galena Community Band. There’s food and beverages, too. The annual parade begins at 6 PM, featuring local businesses, floats, bands, marchers and fireworks. Live entertainment continues fro 6:30-9:30 PM on the Green Street Plaza by Ten Gallon Hat. The at dusk, the fireworks will be launched from Grant Park and visible from all over downtown. Thousands will line the levee along the Galena River to watch the dazzling fireworks display.

June 24 2017


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