The Commercial-News, Danville, IL

June 30, 2013

Area communities plan Independence Day celebrations


DANVILLE — Towns around the area will provide a plethora of activities for the Fourth of July:


American Legion Post 210 will host its 40 & 8 Breakfast from 8-11 a.m. Thursday at the post, 201 Prospect Place. Menu features all-you-can-eat biscuits and gravy, pancakes and sausage, coffee and juice. Price: $6 donation. All proceeds go toward nurses training.

The Danville Boat Club will host Thunder Over Lake Vermilion on Saturday. Rain date is July 7.

Doors will open to the public at 5:30 p.m. Cost to get in: $5 cover charge for wristband admission to the clubhouse and grounds. Children younger than 10 years old get in free. Attendees should bring lawn chairs for use along the lake front. Live music will feature Rodman Rail with Steve Rodman, starting at 6:30 p.m. down by the lake.

Food will be served starting at 6 p.m. in the club house. Menu: quarter-pound bratwurst including chips and coleslaw for $5.50; chicken tender basket including fries, coleslaw and choice of barbecue or ranch dipping sauce for $5.50; one-trip hot bar includes Italian Beef, baked beans, potato salad and macaroni salad for $8.25.

Fireworks are set to shoot off after 9:30 p.m. More than $5,000 in donations for fireworks has already been pledged from area merchants and Boat Club members. Donations can be sent to Danville Boat Club, P.O. Box 1122, Danville IL 61834.

Boaters are advised that Lake Vermilion is at no wake speed after dark. Fireworks will be shot off from the east side of the lake across from the Boat Club. An aerial rocket will be shot off just before dark to help boaters find a good viewing area and a safe place to anchor. Boaters should have flashlights to keep clear of the unmanned anchored barge, which will have ground displays that will be shot off by remote control.

Turtle Run Golf and Banquet Center will have Fourth of July activities Wednesday, all free and open to the public. Starting at 6 p.m. the grill will be open for burgers and pork sandwiches. From 6-10 p.m., Hoosier Daddy will perform on the beer deck. Then at 10 p.m., Outbound Drive will play in the inside bar on the dance floor.

Covington, Ind.

The Covington Fourth of July Celebration Group has planned this year’s celebration which began Friday and runs through Thursday at the city park. All times are EDT.


10 a.m. — Community Church Service, sponsored by Stringtown Church of God.

3 p.m. — Parade line-up in the Covington High School parking lot

4 p.m. — Parade starts; the parade will proceed south down Fifth Street to Liberty Street. It will turn right (west) and go to Fourth Street, then turn right (north) and head to the city park. Rain date is Thursday, same times.

5-6 p.m. — Danville Barbershop Chorus performs

5-10 p.m. — Rides open; all-you-can-ride bracelet night, price: $15.

6:30 p.m. — Community Mass Choir and Church Service, sponsored by the Covington Ministerial Association

7:30-10 p.m. — Stateline & J Mitchell Group. The local musicians will play bluegrass and gospel favorites.


6-10 p.m. — Rides open; all-you-can-ride bracelet night, price: $15.

6:30-7:15 p.m. — Rick Randles

7:30-10 p.m. — Doc Ashton and Root Canals, playing jazz, gospel and light and easy favorites


6-10 p.m. — Rides open; all-you-can-ride bracelet night, price: $15.

6:30-7:15 p.m. — Alan Wait and Chris Taylor Dueling Guitars

7:30-10 p.m. — HWY 341 Band from the Wallace Opry in Wallace, Ind., featuring country music


6-10 p.m. — Rides open; all-you-can-ride bracelet night, price: $15

6:30-7:15 p.m. — Mazzey Spring, a student at Covington schools

7:30-10 p.m. — Forever The Tribute, a Beatle’s impersonator group from Crawfordsville, Ind. In case of rain, the performance will be in the large pavilion in Covington City Park.

Fourth of July

4 p.m.-end of fireworks — Rides open; Ticket purchases only. No bracelets will be available.

4:30-5:30 p.m. — Back 2 Basics Gymnastics, featuring kids gymnastics and tumbling

5:45-7 p.m. — Wabash Area Band

7:30-10 p.m. — Alive Again Band, with music featuring the likes of Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Eagles and more.

10 p.m. — Fireworks display, sponsored by the Covington Celebration Group. Rain date is July 5.

Nightly Sunday through Wednesday: 9 p.m. — Youth drawing for a $25 iTunes gift card. Winner must be between 6-17 years of age and be present to win. Forms can be picked up at tent in front of main stage

10 p.m. — Adult drawing for $25 cash. Winner must be at least 18 years of age with ID and be present to win. Forms can be picked up at tent in front of main stage.


The city of Hoopeston along with local businesses will sponsor events at Community Picnic in the Park from noon-7 p.m. Wednesday at McFerren Park.

Throughout the day there will be a golf cart parade and challenge, inflatable entertainment, pony rides and a petting zoo. There will also be free snacks, drinks and arts and crafts.

A United Fund Fish Fry will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. at the civic center.

Outbound Drive will perform from 5-8 p.m. in the pavilion.

The day will be capped off by a fireworks display at dusk at the Hoopeston Area Youth Soccer Complex.


The Oakwood July 4 Celebration will take place Thursday.

“We have been told our fireworks compare to Champaign’s, and people come from all over to watch them,” said Janice Lee, July 4th committee member. “Some even sit in their cars on the township roads surrounding the park.”

There will be many family-friendly festivities and vendors in the park throughout the day.

A firefighters breakfast will be served from 6-10:30 a.m. at the fire station.

The parade begins at 11 a.m. It will start at Oakwood United Methodist Church on Oakwood Street and continue down Oakwood Street to Park Street.

Beer tent opens at 4 p.m.

Steak sandwiches and hotdogs will be served at 6 p.m.

Entertainment will take place from 6-9 p.m.

New this year, tethered hot air balloon rides will take place from 7:30-9 p.m.

Fireworks will start at dusk.

Montezuma, Ind.

The Montezuma Park Board is hosting a dedication ceremony for the new Montezuma Veterans Memorial at noon EDT Thursday at Aztec Park.

The Montezuma Fire Department is hosting the annual Independence Day Celebration on Thursday with Baby, Princess, Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker registration from 4-5 p.m. at the new pavilion in Aztec Park.

The parade lineup will begin at 5 p.m. EDT at Reeder Park on Washington Street, with the parade starting at 6 p.m. EDT.

A flag ceremony will follow the parade at Aztec Park. The Baby, Little Miss and Mr. Firecracker, Princess and Queen contests will follow in the pavilion at Aztec Park.

Fireworks begin at dusk. Music and vendors will be available all evening.


The Rossville American Legion and the Rossville Community Organization will sponsor the Rossville Fourth of July Celebration at Christman Park.

11 a.m. — Parade starts at high school and continues down Route 1 to the park

Noon — Water slide provided by fire department

12:30 p.m. — Sons of the American Legion fish fry starts at the pavilion; barbecue and hot dogs also will be served

1 p.m. — Cornhole tournament; $20 for a two-man team

4 p.m. — Rossville Community Organization Dixie Duck Race

6 p.m. — Social Factor band in the Cadle building, featuring Steve Maden, Tim Davis, David Bailey and Dan Killin

Dusk — Fireworks

West Lebanon, Ind.

West Lebanon fireworks are set for 10 p.m. EDT Saturday at the park. Rain date is July 7.

The Youth League Fun Day will take place as well as alumni ball games in the afternoon. A concession stand will be open all day until the fireworks.


The village of Westville plans many activities for its Fourth of July Celebration Friday through July 7.


8:30 p.m. — The Westville Police Department will sponsor a movie in the park.


6-10 a.m. — The American Legion will serve a pancake breakfast in the park in the south pavilion area

8 a.m. — First Saturday Market vendors will open

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. — Inflatables and kid games

10 a.m. — Food vendors will open

11:30 a.m. — Grand Parade down Illinois Route 1

1 p.m. — Inaugural car, golf cart and emergency vehicle show

1-6 p.m. — Petting zoo

2 p.m. — Cornhole tournament on the tennis court

7-11 p.m. — ‘90s Daughter will perform on the tennis court; the Westville Recreation League will have its 50/50 raffle during the band’s break.

July 7

9 p.m. — Fireworks shoot off from the Westville High School football field.