Rend Lake Festival
The Benton/West City Chamber of Commerce and Army Corps of Engineers host this fest Saturday, July 1 near the Spillway East area of Rend Lake. Kids activities (including laser tag and bounce houses), live music, and vendors get underway at 4 p.m., with fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. Parking is $5.
Walker’s Bluff Red, White and Brews Celebration
Monday, July 3 at Walker’s Bluff in Carterville. Gates open at 1 p.m. Fee: $10 per car. Barbecue; wine tastings, 4-8 p.m.; St. Nicholas Brewing Company brew tastings start at 4 p.m. Live music: Aquanet, a 1980s tribute band; the Magnatones. Fireworks at 9 p.m.
StarView Vineyards Reds, Whites, and Brews festival
In Cobden, Saturday, July 1. Local band Southern Comfort starts at 4 p.m.; fireworks at dusk.
Goreville Freedom Festival
9 a.m.-after fireworks on Tuesday, July 4. Cornhole tournament; a wife/girlfriend-carry obstacle course; Kids Fun Zone; flea market; parade; fireworks and live music from the Cornerstone Worship Band and rising local country star Kali Lynn. For schedule, visit GorevilleFreedomFest.com. Free admission.
Metropolis Hometown Celebration
6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 1 at Harrah’s Metropolis Casino parking lot, between Ferry Street and Metropolis Street in Metropolis. Live music by Throwing Copper; Kids Zone of obstacle courses and bounce houses; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. The $5 entry fee for 2 and older. will benefit Harrah’s Metropolis School Supply Giveaway.
Steeleville Fourth of July Celebration
July 1 to 4,at American Legion Park. Carnival, food, beer, parade, craft show, wooden-bat baseball tournament, raffles, Firecracker 3K walk/run. Hours: 6 to 11 p.m. Saturday, Sunday and Monday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday. Main stage: Robbie Shae, Last Date, Fertile Soil, and the Memory Lane DJ show. Fireworks at 10 p.m. Tuesday (rain date July 5). Complete schedule at www.steeleville.org. Free admission.
Liberty Bell of the West Celebration
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, Kaskaskia Bell State Historic Site, 1st Street, Kaskaskia.Commemorates the day of July 4, 1778, when Rogers Clark and his Long Knives captured Kaskaskia. At 12:30 p.m. speakers and French Colonial Marines from nearby Fort de Chartres. Live music, food, Church of the Immaculate Conception open for tours. Free. (618) 826-2667.
Down river a bit from Metropolis, the city will shoot off fireworks at dusk, Saturday, July 1. Free.
8 p.m. Tuesday, July 4 in Arena Park. The Cape Girardeau Municipal Band plays at 8 p.m.; followed by the Southeast Missourian conferring its Spirit of America award. Live radio-station remotes playing more patriotic music will precede the fireworks, which explode at 9:15 p. m. Rain date: July 5.
Dusk Tuesday, July 4 at the Carbondale Superblock Complex, 625 S. Lewis Lane. There’s room for 237 vehicles in the parking lot (enter from South Lewis Lane), and spectators watch from bleacher seating by the athletic fields and track. The South Lewis Lane entrance, however, will close to motor vehicles at about 8 p.m. Additional viewing in the parking lots at Lewis School, Carbondale Middle School (but not on the north side), and Carbondale Community High School. Alcohol prohibited in the Superblock. Raindate is Wednesday, July 5. Free.
Tuesday, July 4, starting at 6 p.m. at Cannon Park. Food for sale, children’s games, music by the Wayback Machine, helicopter rides sponsored by Black Diamond Harley-Davidson. fireworks at dusk. Free admission.
Dusk, Tuesday, July 4 in Dennison Park.
Dusk, Monday, July 3 at the Du Quoin State Fairgrounds. Free. Summer Concerts in the Park Fourth of July Celebration, 4 p.m. July 4, Keyes Park. Red, White and Blues-SAFB Mobility Brass Quartet at 4 p.m.; Rip Lee Pryor and King Juba from 5 to 8 p.m. Call 618-542-8338.
Dusk, Saturday. July 1, Spring Street in this Pope County community. Prior, kids’ games, barbecue, and old-time music. Free.
Fourth of July celebration, 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Eldorado Sports Complex, 2200 Illinois Ave. Inflatables, Eldorado Lion’s Club corn dogs, Eldorado Rotary Club pork chops, Eldorado FFA concessions stand (home side of football field), and more. Dollars for Scholars 5K run. Fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by the Eldorado Men’s Club. Free admission.
Firecracker Festival, 4 p.m., Saturday, July 1 in Equality Cardinal Park. 4 p.m. flag raising; 5-8 p.m. Reunion Band; 6 p.m. Cake Walk; fireworks at dusk. Food and drinks available throughout.
Harrisburg Independence Day celebration, 6-11 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the Saline County Fairgrounds. Inflatables, concessions, DJ and the Last Call Band plays 6-8:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Free parking, free entry.
Dusk, Saturday, July 8, Herrin City Park. Baseball and softball games throughout the day; children’s activities; pool is open; food for sale; Cat Daddy’O will plays the blues from 6 p.m. until the fireworks. Free.
Lake of Egypt
Dusk, Saturday, July 1 at the Marion Elks Club lot. Sponsored by Marion Elks and Lake of Egypt Property Owners Association. Free.
The Southern Illinois Miners will host fireworks every Friday in July at Rent One Park. The Miners play the Normal Cornbelters Friday-Sunday, June 30 through July 2, with fireworks after each game. Tickets: (618) 998-8499 or www.SouthernIllinoisMiners.com.
• Marion Knights of Columbus fireworks at dusk, Monday, July 3, 1601 W. White St. Opens at 6 p.m., food sales, children’s games, live music. Free, but the Knights will take donations at the gate to cover costs and next year’s fireworks.
McLeansboro: 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at the McLeansboro City Reservoir. Free.
Dusk, Tuesday, July 4, at Dorothy Miller Park. Sponsored by the farmer family. Michelle Bradley provides music. Free.
Dusk, Tuesday, July 4, Mill Creek Park. Live blues by the Low Dog Band at 6 p.m. Free, but donations accepted. Bring chairs, blankets and your own food and beverages; no glass containers.
Dusk, Tuesday, July 4 at Riverside Park. Food sales, live music from local bands Chris Slone and Murphy500 at 5:30 p.m. and 7 p.m., respectively, in the park’s historic band shell. Free.
Dusk, Tuesday, July 4 at the West Frankfort Park band shell and baseball fields. Southern Illinois Band plays at 7 p.m. Raindate is Wednesday, July 5. Free.