Friday, June 27, 2008

Springfield area fireworks displays to celebrate Independence Day

Springfield, Illinois and other local fireworks displays
July 4, 2008

Independence Day

and surrounding days

Be sure to click on the links provided for additional information regarding these events. Some have much more going on in addition to the fireworks displays.

Don't forget your insect repellant and your camera!
Remember, West Nile Virus is out there!

If you have a point and shoot camera, try using both no flash and flash settings.
The flash setting speeds up your shutter speed so you'll get less blur.
(Be careful not to bug those around you with the flash though.)

Capital City Celebration

Close proximity Fireworks presented by Central States Fireworks, Inc., approximately at 9:30
Music to the Fireworks will be simulcast on ABE 93.7

More info at:

Springfield Municipal Band Schedule For 2008

Knight’s Action Park will light-up the sky during the 3-D Fireworks Spectacular. Guests can receive their special free “3-D Fireworks Glasses” by purchasing an Extra Value Meal or Happy Meal at any participating Springfield-area McDonald’s. With these glasses, Knight’s Action Park’s illuminating fireworks display will appear as never before, literally filling the view of onlookers.

Rock the Dock
Friday, July 4, 2008
Lake Springfield Marina
Interstate 55 & Chatham Exit
Gates open at 6pm
Fireworks Show at Dusk

Ticket info, etc. at:

Photos of Rock the Dock Marina area

Chatham Fireworks Show
I haven't found info regarding this show yet, so here is last year's info:
This years show will be held at dusk at Community Park.
In case of rain, the show will be held July 5th.

Sparks in the Park - Rochester, IL
Due to rain the fireworks have been rescheduled.
According to the SJR ...

"The fireworks are now slated for July 18 following the Movie in the Park showing of “Shrek the Third,” which will begin at dusk in Rochester Community Park."

Rochester Sparks in the Park, 6-10 p.m. June 27, 2008 5-10 p.m.
June 28 and 5-11 p.m. June 29, Rochester.
Parade down Main Street 4:30 p.m. June 28 with talent show following.
Chocolate chip cookie-baking contest, 3 p.m.
June 29 with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. 498-7192,


I haven't found info regarding this show yet, so here is last year's info:
The annual fireworks display is scheduled for dusk at Pawnee High School. Bleacher seating is provided, and concessions will be open.

Samuel Jones Park and Williamsville High School football field, Williamsville. Noon to 4 p.m.: activities in Samuel Jones Park. Evening events at Williamsville High School football field include dinner at 5:30 p.m.; various entertainment at 7 p.m.; a concert performance by Chapter 6 at 8:45 p.m.; and a fireworks display at 9:15 p.m. 566-3307.

Pleasant Plains

Chicken dinner, 6-8 p.m., Firehouse on Buckeye Street, Pleasant Plains. Volunteer firemen and Community Club of Pleasant Plains serve chicken, hot dogs and sides. $7. Fireworks at the high school begin at dark. Locations, details: 341-4668. Source: SJ-R

Intellicast weather radar for the area.

Central Illinois weather reports from NOAA.

WICS TV 20 weather report

Fireworks ban no reason for short fuse

Rather than spending Independence Day grumbling about the bottle rockets they can’t shoot onto the neighbor’s roof, we suggest those who like fireworks attend one of the many large-scale displays that will happen around Springfield in the week to come. July 4 is a time to be part of the community, not isolated from it in a backyard bunker with a handful of M-80s.

Editorial: Published Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Fireworks display information for Sangamon County (Outside all incorporated city, town and village limits)

Local events guide from the SJ-R

Events guide from the Illinois Times

How to photograph fireworks

Tips From Smithsonian Photographers

July 4th fireworks tips!

Can't go to a fireworks display?

There are plenty of televised fireworks displays that evening.
If you have access to HD (High Definition) television, look for the program of your choice in high def. Televised fireworks are far better in HD than NTSC. You could also record some of these shows and watch them later.

Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular
010 WAND
Fri, Jul 4, 8:00p - 9:00p
Fireworks explode over New York; Natasha Bedingfield, Kenny Chesney, Katharine McPhee, Gavin DeGraw and Jordin Sparks are scheduled to perform; Natalie Morales and Tiki Barber host.
2008 | 60 mins

Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular
003 WCIA
Fri, Jul 4, 9:00p - 10:00p
Keith Lockhart directs the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, as an aerial pyrotechnic display reflects in the Charles River; Rascal Flatts performs; Craig Ferguson hosts.
2008 | TVG | 60 mins

3,2,1 Fireworks
Wed, Jul 2, 6:00p - 6:30p
Touring preparations for Washington, D.C., July Fourth celebration.
2008 | 30 mins

Chicago's Summer Blast - Fireworks and the Taste
Thu, Jul 3, 9:00p - 10:00p
2008 | TVPG | 60 mins

Tue, Jul 1, 7:00p - 8:00p
Creating sequences and colors of fireworks requires scientific knowledge and artistry.
| TVG | 60 mins

How It's Made
Fiberglass Boats; Clothes Dryers
031 DSC
Thu, Jul 3, 7:00p - 7:30p
Fiberglass boats; clothes dryers; gum; fireworks.

Burt Wolf: Taste of Freedom
Independence Day
Sat, Jul 5, 7:30a - 8:00a
Independence Day; Boston; fireworks.

How It's Made: Remix
4th of July
Fri, Jul 4, 8:00p - 8:30p
Hot dogs; barbecue briquettes; mustard; fireworks.
2008 | TVG | 30 mins

July 4th Live!
062 TRAV
Fri, Jul 4, 8:00p - 8:30p
Host Kirsten Gum helps celebrate Independence Day with the fireworks spectacle from the National Mall.
2008 | TVG | 30 mins

Our local PBS channels are airing "A Capitol Fourth".

A Capitol Fourth
008 WSEC July 4, 1008
7:00p - 8:30p
WSEC and others.
The Independence Day concert at the U.S. Capitol features performers Huey Lewis and the News, Taylor Hicks, Hayley Westenra and Vittorio Grigolo.
2008 | TVG | 90 mins

Also on tv...

National Treasure
$2.99 | Available until Wed, Jul 2
National Treasure (2004): Since he was a boy, Benjamin Franklin Gates has wanted to find the Templar Treasure. Now he must steal the Declaration of Independence or let it fall into dangerous hands. (CC) Nicolas Cage, Jon Voight.
PG | 131 mins
Parental Guide
FIND IT: Movies & Events > Show All Titles > National Treasure

TV listings source:

Related links...

Independence Day (United States)

Fourth of July is Independence Day

Independence Day honors the birthday of the United States of America and the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. It's a day of picnics and patriotic parades, a night of concerts and fireworks, and a reason to fly the American flag.

Who has the best fireworks on the 4th?

Published July 3, 2007

By Colleen Mastony Tribune staff reporter

Who has the best show? The answer is elusive. Measuring a fireworks display is a tricky endeavor. The number, size and quality of the shells must be considered, along with the length of the show, music synchronization and enormity of the crowd. And - to the disappointment of some - size doesn't always matter. Chicago Tribune

Fireworks at the Lincoln Museum

Fireworks at the Lincoln Library opening day

More event listings at the SJR.

More Springfield photos linked below.

Scenes from the Downtown Fireworks

Rock the Dock and New restaurant at Lake Springfield
Kicks Entertainment
Illinois Products Expo 2008 Photos
Gateway to India Restaurant Lunch Buffet
Buckley's Garden Center
Thailand Cuisine
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
S Sixth Street tree damages/totals truck in storm
Wild Goose Chase at Washington Park and one happy duck
Too Many Geese Photos
Oberweis Ice Cream now at Schnucks
Congradulations Graduates!
The Bee Movie at Rochester Park

Farmers Market plants store on Wabash near K's part 1
Farmers Market plants store on Wabash near K's part 2

Flower and garden shopping at Lowes
The Apple Barn in Chatham is now OPEN!
Suttill's Gardens
Uncle Chuck's Greenhouse
Humphrey's Market - the flowers are in !!!
APL Animal Protective League / Butterflies

Old Capitol Art Fair 2008 photos
The Livery
Name that restaurant...part 28

Senate vs House softball game 2008 Part 1 of 4
Senate vs House softball game 2008 Part 2
Senate vs House softball game 2008 Part 3
Senate vs House softball game 2008 Part 4

Nelson Center Pool
Weekend wheels as seen in Springfield
APL Upscale resale event photos 2008
First snake of the year...and more deer
Name that restaurant...part 27
Weekend Birds...can you name this bird?

Weekend wildlife photos, etc.
Bike trail and I-72 Recreation Drive interchange construction
Bye Bye Hazel Dell, Hello Walmart
Tea Thyme Tea Room
El Presidente Burritos and Baja Grill
Centrum Cafe on Toronto Road
Lake Pointe Grill

Weekend photos - April 2008
The Heritage House you see it......
Photos from a drive down S. Sixth Street
Lake Springfield Deer
Vito’s Italian Pizzera, Chatham, IL
Which one of these is not like the others ?
A drive around Lake Springfield (photos)
Red Hat Society Ladies

Ginger Asian Bistro
Blueberry waffled eggs, Naked Fruit Drinks, Dr. Oz
Photos of the upcoming Walmart at S. 6th and Hazel Dell
Fried Sushi

Name that restaurant...part 26
Road Trip: dining at the Ikea store...part 1

Name that restaurant...part 25
Name that restaurant...part 24
Name that restaurant...part 23
Name that restaurant...part 22
Name that restaurant...part 21

Springfield, IL Ice Storm
The Veggie Burger at Memorial's Cafeteria
Edwin Watts Southwind Park Update Nov 8, 2007
CWLP Power Plant Construction Tour
Lake Springfield Improvements
More I-72 Recreation Drive interchange construction

Pound Dog Rescue Benefit
Open Dome in Riverton, IL
Humphrey's Pizzeria is now open!
What kind of bird is this? (From Lake Springfield)

Springfield and the Simpsons
When the Rain comes down..downtown
Greater Springfield Chamber of Commerce Party Photos
Goodwill organized by clothing size!
Wood sculptures on Dirksen Parkway
APL Animal Protective League / Butterflies
Cross country bicyclist pedals to Springfield and beyond

Friends of Lincoln Library Book sale / TV 20 news
Lincoln Library ready for book sale
Wood docks at Lake Springfield Marina
Chasing Rainbows / Lake Springfield sunset
I-72 Recreation Drive interchange construction
East Lake Drive bicycle and walking path

Leo's Italian Pizzeria

Old Capitol Art Fair 2007 photos
Uncle Chuck's Greenhouse
Edwin Watts Southwind Park Update May 20, 2007

Fire at former Branch Facility on Recreation Drive...
Westbound I-72 traffic / construction zone
Another alternative energy car !
Name that Springfield location...part 2
Suttill's Gardens
Habitat for Humanity store

Name that farm equipment
Monical's Pizza near Meijers
Sugar Angel
Baskin Robbins 31 cent scoop night!
Future home of the Holy Land Diner ?
2003 Cingular High Dive Show at Illinois State Fair...
Humphrey's Market - the flowers are in !!!

Sushi Beautiful Sushi
The dog water fountains at Washington Park
Springfield Clinic Building Project tree removal
The Apple Barn is OPEN !!!!
Lincoln Library renovations
Cute puppies
Name that restaurant...part 15
Pizza Machine

Scenes from various local parks this weekend...
Greater Springfield Home and Builders Show
Super Home Expo Building and Remodeling show photo...
llinois Products Expo photos
As the deer...
Old Capitol Plaza
Wendy's Chicken Chainsaw Toddy

Smoker's lungs
Lincoln Land catcher signed by Seattle Mariners
The Cub's Ryan O'Malley and Ron Santo visit
Ryan O'Malley with the Chicago Cubs
Former Cardinal and Cubs pitcher Lee Smith
Chatham's cow chip throwing contest 2006
Happy Birthday Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library

Dinner at Little Saigon
Springfield Dog Park
EMI Manufacturing Jacksonville Illinois
Illinois State Fair photos
Powerlight Fest photos
My first Illinois State Fair Parade (see photos!)
My trip to Decatur

Fireworks at the Lincoln Museum
Fireworks at the Lincoln Library opening day

Springfield, Illinois email list

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