It’s going to be a Red, White, and Blue long weekend in the Quad Cities with many patriotic events to celebrate including a lot of fireworks!
Celebrate America’s birthday on the Mississippi riverfront Wednesday, July 3, during Red White & Boom! The festival features the largest fireworks display from Chicago to Denver at 9:30 p.m. in the Quad Cities shot from two barges over the Mississippi along with family events on the Davenport, Iowa, and Rock Island, Illinois, downtown riverfronts. Admission is free to Modern Woodmen Park, 209 S. Gaines St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa, and Schwiebert Riverfront Park, 101 17th Street in downtown Rock Island, Illinois.
Red, White and Boom! festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island with inflatables, kid’s activities, live music, and food vendors. Their 23 boat slips will be open on a first-come, first-serve basis. Festivities begin at 5:00 p.m. at Modern Woodmen Park in Davenport with kid’s activities, live music from Rude Punch and 34th Army Band and Scrap Metal brass band.
Because the Freight House Farmer’s Market in downtown Davenport is normally open on Wednesday nights, they are joining the 4th of July fun. Starting at 4 p.m. enjoy the vendors, bounce house, live music, food trucks, and more.
Due to the record river flooding, the fireworks will be shot from Arsenal Island this year. The Rock Island Arsenal invites the Quad Cities to come on post and join us on the lawn of Historic Quarters One. There will be a kid’s activities zone which will include various bouncy house attractions and games and activities. Take a stroll through and see all the cool rides at the car cruise in or just set up your blanket and chairs in the shade. Food and beverage available for purchase. Simply show a valid, state issued ID for everyone in the car 16 and older at the gates, available through both the Rock Island and Moline gates.
The Bettendorf 4th of July Celebration starts Wednesday night with music from Iowa-native and The Voice contestant Adam Cunningham. The music starts at 7 p.m. and Adam takes the stage at 9 p.m. On Thursday, July 4 kicks off the fun with a parade at 10 a.m. in downtown Bettendorf, Iowa. Then the celebration continues at Cumberland Square, 2300 Spruce Hills Drive. Opening ceremonies begin at 12 noon, followed by live music, food vendors, arts & crafts booths, petting zoo, amusement rides, inflatables, rock climbing wall, zip line, fishing derby, and more! Then watch the Quad City Parachute Team and the fireworks at dusk shooting from Middle Park, 2220 23rd Street.
In East Moline, Illinois, on Tuesday, July 3, watch the fireworks beginning at approximately 9:00 p.m. from The Quarter, 7th Street and the Mississippi riverfront. Parking and shuttle service will begin at 6:30 p.m. from the nearby John Deere Harvester parking lot. Food and beverages will be available for purchase, and at 7 p.m. live music begins. Bring the kids along for face painting and a bounce house or bring some lawn chairs with you and enjoy the evening. Then the 37th annual 4th of July Firecracker Run begins Wednesday at 7:30 a.m. Options include: 5K run/walk, 10K run or relay, Kiddie Run, 1-mile, and Hospital Bed Races. Concessions and live bands line the route. At 1:00 p.m., watch the AMVETS 4th of July Parade that goes through the downtown along 15th Ave.
Milan has their fireworks on Tuesday, July 3 at dusk with concessions and live music in Camden Park, 2701 1st St. E. in Milan, IL.
On Thursday, July 4, bring your frog at 9 a.m. for the frog jumping contest at 10 a.m. in Aledo’s Central Park, 100 NE 3rd Street in Aledo, Illinois.
On Wednesday, July 3, Orion, Illinois, celebrates Independence Day with a festival of events leading up to a lighted parade and fireworks display. Starting at 5:30 p.m. watch the CH47F Chinook Landing and tours continue until 8:30 p.m. Live music and vendors are there at Orion High School from 5:30 pm until 9 p.m. The lighted parade starts at 8:45 p.m. followed by the fireworks display. For more information, visit their Facebook page.
On Thursday, July 4 at 6:30 p.m., watch the special holiday Backwater Gamblers Waterski Show. The free one-hour, fun-filled family show is a themed performance combining skits, music, dance, and water-skiing. A most amazing sight is to see skiers pull together to build a huge pyramid formation in the air and continue water-skiing. The show takes place at Ben Williamson Park in Rock Island, Illinois, located at 5000 44th Street and the Rock River. (Be sure to check their website before going.) They also have their regular show on Wednesday night.
Looking to spice your Fourth of July weekend up with some sports actions? The Quad Cities River Bandits have a baseball game Thursday, July 4 at 6:35 p.m. at Modern Woodman Park, 209 S. Gaines St. in downtown Davenport, Iowa. After the River Bandits play Beloit, stay in your seats for a huge fireworks show over the Mississippi River! The River Bandits have home games each night until July 8.
The 34th Mississippi Valley Blues Festival Friday, July 5 & Saturday, July 6 has moved to a new location this year to the new Murphy Park is located at The Bend in East Moline, Illinois. There will be music on two stages, food vendors, BluesKool for the kids and adults, and plenty of Blues fans enjoying the breeze off the Mississippi River. Check here for the band lineup and advance tickets. Tickets are $15 for Friday, and $25 for Saturday, or $35 for a two-day pass. Tickets purchased day-of at the festival gate will be $20 on Friday and $30 on Saturday. Children under 14 are free.
The two winners from Iowa Blues Challenge are both playing at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. You can catch Hal Reed and Mississippi Journey on Friday night 6:00-6:45 on the Pedigo/Jones Stage! You can see the Avey/Grouws Band on the Main Stage Friday night 5:00-6:00 pm, and again Saturday night starting at 11:00 as they host the 2019 After-Fest Jam in The Bend Event Center on the festival site.