Southern Rock Dominates July 4th Celebration

The biggest July 4th celebration in Illinois is getting southern fried this year.

Officials announced Wednesday that southern rock bands Molly Hatchett and The Outlaws will be performing July 3 as part of Peoria’s 29th annual UnityPoint Health Methodist Proctor “Red White and Boom” event. Promoter Jack Manus, with Jay Goldberg Events, says the quality of the acts, and the low cost to see them, is too good of a deal to pass up.

“What’s a better way to celebrate?” said Jack Manis, with Jay Goldberg Events. “To see two great southern rock bands for $15, you can’t beat it.”


Local leaders in Peoria and East Peoria praised the annual celebration, which culminates with the largest fireworks show in the state. For the fifth year in a row, the Red White and Boom will send more than $100,000 worth of fireworks into the air from two barges in the river.

“From both sides of the river, we enjoy this unbelievable fireworks show,” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis.

East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus says it’s great to see the unity this event brings to the two communities on either side of the waterway.

“And to have an opportunity for families to not have to pay a lot of money, or any money, really, and come down and see what’s going on,” said East Peoria Mayor Dave Mingus.

Alpha Media, which owns six Peoria radio stations including 1470 & 100.3 WMBD, is organizing the event. Operations Manager Randy Rundle says the show is something not to be missed.

“We can start using the word ‘world class’ for our display here. There’s no question about it,” said Rundle.

As many as 200,000 people are expected to gather at the riverfront to celebrate Independence Day and check out the fireworks, which will start at about 9:30 p.m. July 4th, and end half an hour later. More information on the event can be found here.



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