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About the Fireworks

HOW DOES THIS EVENT COMPARE WITH OTHERS IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS?

Over 175,000 people experience this event, making it the largest single day event in central Illinois.

It also ranks in the top 2% of fireworks displays in the country, and is easily the largest in Illinois.

WHERE CAN I HEAR THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE FIREWORKS?
If you are not close to one of the sound systems along the riverfront, you can tune any radio to 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, KZ 102.3, Freedom 95.9, and 102.7 Super Hits .
WHO ACTUALLY SHOOTS THE FIREWORKS?
Melrose Pyrotechnics, one of the most respected companies in the world, will take over the show at 9:30pm and launch approximately 8,000 shells! Over 600 hours of design and preparation have gone into this performance alone. Melrose Pyrotechnics has many years of experience including displays for the Chicago White Sox, Chicago Bulls and Chicago Bears, Cleveland Cavaliers, Venetian Night in Chicago, and even a show for the Queen of England. They will do upwards of 800 shows on the 4th of July, with UnityPoint Health Red, White and BOOM being by far the largest.
WHAT IF THERE IS BAD WEATHER?
In the event of rain or high winds, there will be an alternate rain date with the same times and locations as previously scheduled.

Pricing Questions

HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO GET INTO RED, WHITE AND BOOM?
Absolutely free on the 4th of July - it is our gift to central Illinois! There is admission to the riverfront concerts.
HOW DO I GET TICKETS FOR THE CONCERTS?

Tickets will be available at a future date.

Parking Questions

Will Parking Be An Issue?
There are thousands of parking spaces covering both sides of the river, along with several parking decks in downtown Peoria. There will also be lots of on street parking in downtown Peoria due to the holiday. Handicapped parking will be available at the city lot across from the CAT parking garage at the foot of Hamilton Boulevard at Water Street in Peoria. In East Peoria, handicapped parking spaces are located in the parking lot adjacent to RiverFront Park. Additional designated spaces will be in the area across from the parking lot parallel to the river. All of these spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Vehicles must display the proper handicapped license plate or mirror tag. No RV or trailer parking will be allowed in the RiverFront Park parking lot. In addition, no parking of any kind will be allowed on Conference Center Drive near the Embassy Suites.

What You Can Bring

CAN WE BRING BLANKETS AND CHAIRS?
Yes, in fact, you’re encouraged to come early and find a spot for the whole family. Several businesses will be open that day.
DO WE NEED TO BRING FOOD AND DRINKS?
There will be plenty of vendors lining the riverfront in Peoria and East Peoria, with lots to eat and drink. There will even be an alcohol-free zone at Liberty Park in Peoria. No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted on the riverfront unless purchased from a licensed vendor (with proper ID). Coolers, backpacks and other containers are subject to search by police. No alcohol will be allowed in Riverfront Park in East Peoria.
WHAT SHOULD I NOT BRING?
Personal fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are prohibited on the riverfront grounds. UnityPoint Health Red, White and BOOM, Brought Home by Adam Merrick Real Estate will have all the fireworks you will need. With heavy crowds expected, please do not bring bikes, rollerblades and family pets to the riverfront.