Metro-East Living

You’ll have a July 4 blast in Millstadt, Albers

▪  Albers: Blast Off Parade and Fireworks invites everyone to join the parade at 6:30 p.m. Sunday at the American Legion Hall, 600 N. Bertha St. in Albers (line up at 6). Decorated cars, bikes, golf carts, wagons and strollers. Followed by fireworks at dusk at Jaycee Park Pavilion.

▪  Alton: Fireworks on the Mississippi will kick off at 5 p.m. Sunday at Alton Riverfront Park on Landmarks Boulevard in Alton. Music by Hudson and the Hoo Doo Cats. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Free admission. VIP tickets available for $25 for access to a private concession stand and bathrooms and convenient parking. NOTE: A concert and other entertainment at the Alton Amphitheater have been canceled, but fireworks were still scheduled as of Sunday morning.

▪  Granite City: Patriots in the Park will run from 1 to 11 p.m. Sunday and 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. NOTE: The Sunday evening gospel and kids theatre presented by Unity Baptist Church was moved to 6 p.m. at 2500 St. Clair Ave. Sunday’s armband session was moved to 5-10 p.m.

▪  Millstadt: Millstadt Community Choir’s Patriotic Concert will be at 7 p.m. Sunday at Zion Evangelical Church, 117 W. White St. in Millstadt. They will salute Millstadt VFW Post 7980, which is celebrating its 70th anniversary; as well as the USO, celebrating its 75th anniversary. Music will include popular tunes from World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam War.

▪  Steeleville: Steeleville through the Decades is from 4 to 11 p.m. Sunday 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).