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July festivals calendar: Picnics, fireworks displays and more

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Following is a list of festivals and other events slated for July in Southwestern Illinois:

July 1 — St. Michael’s Church Paderborn annual picnic

3 p.m. Saturday, St. Michael’s Church Paderborn, 4576 Buss Branch Road, Waterloo. All-you-can-eat chicken dinner, 3-7 p.m. Hand-stitched quilt and cash bingo, 6 p.m. Masses at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Raffle.

July 1 — Caseyville Independence Day picnic and fireworks

Saturday, Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds St., Caseyville. Music, food, novelties, contests. Fireworks after 9 p.m. No pets, coolers, alcoholic beverages or personal fireworks allowed.

July 1 — Carlyle Lake ‘Dam Jam’ plus fireworks

1-9 p.m. Saturday. Carlyle Lake Dam West, 801 Lake Road, Carlyle. Live music starts at 1 p.m. Fireworks scheduled around 9 p.m.

July 1 — Edwardsville annual Independence Day celebration

Edwardsville American Legion, 58 S. State Route 157. The celebration starts at 5 p.m. and includes concessions, DJ and inflatables for the children. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:10 p.m.

July 1 — Grafton’s ‘Music in the Park’

Grove Memorial Park, Grafton. Saturday. “The Shrubheads” will play from 7-9 p.m. A 50/50 raffle will be held to benefit the Jersey Community High School bands. Fireworks are scheduled for 9 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.

July 1-2 — Bond County bicentennial celebration

5 p.m.-midnight Saturday, 1 p.m.-midnight Sunday. Around the courthouse square, downtown Greenville. Courthouse tours, music, vendors, food, a parade and Sunday night fireworks.

July 1-4 — Fourth of July celebration in Centralia

Saturday-Tuesday. Fairview Park, Centralia. Carnival, games, food vendors, beer garden, bingo, quilt raffle, cake walk, craft fair, parade. On July 4th, the Veterans Parade is held on Broadway at 10 a.m. and fireworks begin dusk.

July 1-4 — Granite City’s ‘Patriots in the Park’

Celebration starts 6 p.m. Thursday-Friday. 1 p.m. Saturday-Tuesday. Wilson Park, 2900 Benton, Granite City. Carnival, food and craft vendors, live music. Car show at 11 a.m. Saturday. Patriot 5k run/walk at 8 a.m. Saturday. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. on July 4.

July 3 — Albers ‘Blast Off’ parade, fireworks

6 p.m. Monday. Jaycee Park Pavilion, Park Ave, Albers. Parade at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

July 3 — Patriotic concert in Millstadt

7 p.m. Monday. Zion Evangelical Church, 117 W. White St., Millstadt. The Millstadt Community Choir will perform some of the most popular songs from 1914-1918 in honor of the 100th anniversary of World War I. Free concert. 618-660-5790.

July 3 — ‘Alton Fireworks Spectacular’

Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Gates open at 5 p.m. Live entertainment will be provided by the Airforce Band of the Midwest. The fireworks are scheduled for 9:30 p.m. and should last around 30 minutes.

July 4 — Columbia Fourth of July celebration

10 a.m.-noon, Tuesday. Bike parade. Immaculate Conception School, 321 S. Metter, Columbia. $5 registration fee. 11 a.m.-11 p.m. American Legion Park, 375 E. Locust, Columbia. Bingo, washers tournaments, food, drinks and fireworks at dusk.

July 4 — Okawville community club dance

Tuesday. Serving food 1 p.m.-5:30 p.m. Live music from 2-5:30 p.m. Okawville Community Club, 511 S. Hanover St., Okawville. Music by “Rendition.” Fried chicken, fish, potato salad, and desserts. $6 admission to dance only.

July 4 — Godfrey’s ‘Family Fun Fest’

Glazebrook Park, Godfrey. A Patriot Bike Decorating contest for children ages 5-11 will take place at 5 p.m. Registration for the bike decorating contest is due by June 30. Entry forms are available at the Parks Office, 6810 Godfrey Road. Admission is free and activities will conclude with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Information: 618-466-1483.

July 4 — Highland’s Fourth of July

Glik Park, 12525 Sportsman’s Road, Highland. 4 p.m. This event features inflatables for the children, food vendors and a DJ. Fireworks are scheduled around 9 p.m.

July 4 — Mascoutah’s ‘Old Fashioned’ July Fourth celebration

4-10 p.m. Tuesday, Scheve Park, Mascoutah. Food, crafts, rides, drinks. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

July 4 — Litchfield Independence Day fireworks

9:30 p.m. Tuesday. Lake Lou Yaeger, Marina 1, 4313 Beach House Trail. Fireworks over Lake Lou Yaeger sponsored by Litchfield Tourism Office. 866-533-5833.

July 4 — Jerseyville Independence Day fireworks

9:30 p.m. Jerseyville American Legion Fairground, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway, Jerseyville. Admission is free.

July 4 — Dupo ‘Picnic in the Park’

Tuesday. Fireworks start at dusk. Dupo Community Park, 900 Bluffview Elementary Drive.

July 7-8 — Lebanon-Emerald Mound Fireman’s Picnic

760 N. Monroe St., Lebanon. Live music, carnival rides, games, food vendors.

July 9 — ‘World’s Largest Catsup Bottle’ festival

10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday. Woodland Park, Collinsville. Vendors, entertainment, kids activities. Little Princess Tomato and Sir Catsup contest, car show. Tater tot and hot dog eating contest.

July 9 — 2017 ‘Downtown’ concert series

4-7 p.m. Sunday. Monroe County Bandstand, Waterloo. Featuring: “The Trophy Mules.” Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free summer concerts presented by the Waterloo Chamber of Commerce.

July 12 — ‘DCI St. Louis’ drum corp show

Wednesday. 7:30 p.m. Leemon Athletic Field, McKendree University, 400 N. Alton St., Lebanon. Tickets cost $25 or more, depending upon the seat requested. Group discount available. Proceeds benefit McKendree University’s “Music in our Schools” program for pre-K through 12th grade students. 317-275-1212.

July 14 — Movies in the park

Friday. Concessions open at 6:30 p.m. Movie at 8:30 p.m. Moody Park, Fairview Heights. Free movie: “Finding Dory.”

July 14 — Movie night at Glazebrook Park

7:30 p.m. Friday. Glazebrook Community Park, 1401 Stamper Lane, Godfrey. Free admission. Bring chairs or blankets. Concession stand. Showing: The Lego Batman Movie. 618-466-1483.

July 14 — Scott Air Force Base centennial car show

2-6 p.m. Friday. Scott Event Center, Paegelow St., Scott Air Force Base. Music, kid’s zone, food. Judging at 4 p.m. Awards at 5 p.m. Free to register cars. Must be entered by July 10. 618-256-4230.

July 14-15 — St. Jacob Homecoming

Friday-Saturday, St. Jacob. Music, rides, parades and food. More information on St. Jacob’s Facebook page.

July 21-22 — Central City Lion’s festival

5 p.m.-midnight. Friday-Saturday. Lions Club, 141 N. Harrison St., Centralia. Live music, food, beverages, raffles, cake wheel, poker stand, inflatables.

July 21-22 — ‘Party in the Park’

5-11 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday. Downtown Litchfield starting on corner of Union Ave. (Route 16) and State Street. Carnival, live music, food, vendors, pageants and more. 217-324-2533 or

July 22 — Hummingbird Festival

9 a.m.-noon Saturday. Lewis and Clark State Historic Site, One Lewis and Clark Trail, Hartford. In cooperation with the Illinois Audubon Society, the site will catch and band hummingbirds.

July 22 — Friends of the Fort Summer ball

7 p.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Fort de Chartres State Historic Site near Prairie du Rocher. Period dress encouraged but not required. Suggested donation of $20 per person and all funds raised will go directly to the not-for-profit support organization, Les Amis du Fort de Chartres, which supports improvement projects the site.

July 22-23 — St. Francis of Assisi quilt show

11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday. 2nd and Clinton, Aviston. Preview quilts that will be awarded at St. Francis picnic on August 5. Raffle chances available for the picnic special quilt and quilt drawings. Free refreshments. Attendance prizes. $3 admission. 618-228-7219.

July 23-30 — Monroe County Fair

Sunday through Sunday. Monroe County Fairgrounds, 4177 Illinois 156, Waterloo. Free entry during the day; various entry fees for nighttime events. Fair exhibits include farm implements, farm animals, arts and crafts, 4-H projects, floral arrangements, art and photography, quilts and garden produce. Carnival rides. Food and drink vendors.

July 25-30 — Madison County Fair

10 a.m.-11 p.m. Tuesday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Thursday, 8 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 8 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday. Lindendale Park, 2025 Park Hill Drive, Highland. Product displays, livestock, arts and crafts, carnival rides, food, live music. Parking fees and admission costs for some events. Carnival rides open: 5 p.m.-11p.m. Tuesday-Thursday, 3 p.m.-11 p.m. Friday, 2-11 p.m. Saturday.

July 28-29 — Smithton Homecoming

4 p.m.-midnight, Friday-Saturday. Turner Park, Smithton. Parade at 5 p.m. Saturday. Live music, “famous” fried fish, carnival rides, games, bingo.

July 29-30 — ‘Smokin’ on Main’ barbecue festival

11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Main Street, Collinsville. Live music, BBQ vendors, “Climb for PTSD” climbing wall, rides. Sponsored by Code 3 Spices. Proceeds to benefit the U.S. Veterans Foundation and Collinsville Food Pantry.

July 30 — St. Elizabeth’s Church picnic

Sunday, church grounds, Marine. Family-style chicken dinner with dressing and homemade pie, 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; adults $10, ages 6-10 $5. Carryouts available. Refreshments, country store, basket stand. Raffle. Bingo 12:30-8 p.m. Event will take place rain or shine.