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Alton’s Fireworks over the Mississippi family event is scheduled for Thursday, July 3. The fun-filled evening begins with performances by musical acts Tyler Filmore, Leslie Craig and the Hellbender and Nashvegas at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater beginning at 6 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin at about 9:15 p.m.
ALTON — There’s no better place to celebrate the July 4 holiday weekend than Alton with its annual Fireworks Over the Mississippi display Friday, July 3, at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater.
The display is the only one over the Mississippi River in the St. Louis metro region this year. Admission to the amphitheater for the fireworks is free, although VIP tickets are available and include a private concession area, restrooms and one parking spot close to the amphitheater. The VIP tickets are $25 per person and may be purchased at the Alton Visitors Center and through MetroTix.com.
Great food, beverages, activities for children and live music will highlight the pre-fireworks celebration. Kicking off the entertainment will be a concert by the Alton-based band The Wherehouse Project at 6 p.m. The Wherehouse Band is known for its unique rock ’n’ roll style. The United States Air Force Band of Mid America will take the stage at 7:50 p.m. featuring a blend of popular, classical and patriotic selections.
The gates open at 5 p.m. There will be a break between the band concert and the fireworks. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m. Street parking is available in downtown Alton and parking lots at Riverfront Park and William Street next to the Ardent Mills building. People may also park on Riverlands Way in West Alton to catch the fireworks display.
Additional fireworks displays are scheduled through the Meeting of the Great Rivers Region beginning Sunday, June 28, and running through July 4.
The annual Fireworks at St. Louis Regional Airport will be held Sunday, June 28, and is sponsored by Cornerstone Church. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and will include crafters, vendors, games and entertainment for all ages. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. Admission is free. The airport is at 8 Terminal Drive, East Alton.
Godfrey’s Family Fun Fest will be held Saturday, July 4, at Glazebrook Park, 1401 Stamper Lane. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. and run through the fireworks display, which will begin at 9:15 p.m. Vendors, inflatables, a climbing wall, zipline, cow train, games, concessions, arts and crafts, Mike the Balloon Guy and BeBe the Face Painting Clown will be on hand to celebrate Independence Day. Admission is free. For information, call (618) 466-1483.
Come out early for entertainment and food specials in Grafton with its annual Saturday, July 4 celebration. A fireworks display will be held on Main Street along the Great River Road. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Jerseyville’s annual fireworks will begin at dusk Saturday, July 4, at the American Legion, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway.
Other area fireworks displays include:
· Brighton: Friday, July 3 in Schneider Park with festivities beginning at 5 p.m.
· Fieldon will host fireworks the first week of July at the Fieldon Baptist Church Playground.
For information on area Independence Day activities, go to the Alton Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau website at www.visitalton.com or call (800) 258-6645.