▪ Carlyle: Fourth of July Dam Jam will kick off at noon Saturday at Carlyle Lake’s Dam West Recreation Area. Activities include live music, a volleyball tournament, sand-castle-building contest, vendors and games. Bring coolers, lawn chairs and blankets, if desired. Watch fireworks at dusk from shore or boat.
▪ Caseyville: Caseyville Independence Day Picnic will begin at 5 p.m. Saturday at Caseyville Park, 40 W. Reynolds St. in Caseyville. Music, food, novelties and contests. Fireworks after 9 p.m. NOTE: POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER. Will be rescheduled later.
▪ Edwardsville: Edwardsville’s Independence Day Celebration will start at 5 p.m. Saturday with a patriotic ceremony at American Legion Post 199. Followed by music from Edwardsville Municipal Band at 5:30 p.m. and the Skylark Brothers with Jack Twesten at 6:30 p.m. Games, food and drink. Fireworks at sundown. Bring lawn chairs or blankets, if desired. NOTE: POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER; RESCHEDYULED FOR 5 P.M. JULY 9.
▪ Granite City: Patriots in the Park is from 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday through Monday at Wilson Park, 2900 Benton St. in Granite City. Activities include bluegrass, gospel and other live music; carnival rides, a softball tournament, car show and parachute demonstration. The weekend ends with fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Monday at Coolidge Middle School.
▪ Paderborn: St. Michael’s Catholic Church Picnic and Paderborn Homecoming is set for 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday at 4576 Buss Branch Road in Paderborn (Waterloo) with an all-you-can-eat chicken dinner, raffle and hand-stitched quilt. Mass at 3:30 and 5 p.m. Cash bingo at 6 p.m.
▪ Steeleville: Steeleville through the Decades is from 4 to 11 p.m. Saturday celebrates both the Fourth of July and the city’s 150th anniversary. The biggest day is Monday, when runners will compete in the Firecracker 3-K at 9:30 a.m. before the city’s annual Fourth of July Parade about 10:30 a.m. Activities include live music, carnival rides, board games, a dunk tank, patriotic program, bean bag tournament, candy walk, laser tag, bowling, a petting zoo, hula-hoop contest, face painting, covered wagon rides, an arts and crafts show, balloon art and a Nascar simulator. A Wooden Bat Classic baseball tournament will run all weekend. Festivities end with fireworks Monday night (Tuesday if rain).