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Fourth of July fireworks returning to Quincy riverfront

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Posted: Mar. 28, 2018 4:35 pm

QUINCY -- WGEM and The Herald-Whig once again will spearhead the Fourth of July fireworks celebration for Quincy, as well as play a key role in the celebration in Hannibal.

Fireworks in both communities will be displayed in synch with a selection of patriotic and popular music that will be simulcast on WGEM 105.1 FM.

This year's celebration is even more special as it marks the 25th anniversary of the Great Flood of 1993. The Quincy festivities will return to Clat Adams Bicentennial Park and will feature the Illinois Army National Guard band and Guard static displays.

The fireworks also are sponsored by Blessing Health System, Hy-Vee, Refreshment Services Pepsi, Gardner Denver and Knapheide Manufacturing Co. Festivities for the entire family will be offered, and the Quincy Park Band will perform their popular patriotic medley.

This year, they will be followed by Illinois National Guard's 144th Army Band. The Guard, which played a key role before, during and after the river rose in 1993, also will have on hand a number displays of military equipment.

In addition, Major General (ret.) Donald Lynn will speak about the Guard's role 25 years ago. Maj. Lynn was the adjutant general of the Illinois National Guard in 1993 and oversaw much of the Guard's participation.

There also will be food provided by Hy-Vee and drink vendors from Pepsi on site.

"The return of the Fourth of July celebration to the Mississippi Riverfront seemed the appropriate decision to make based on the flood's 25th anniversary this year," said WGEM Vice President and General Manager Carlos Fernandez. "This will be a celebration focused on how many communities and individuals 25 years ago put their lives on hold in order to assist the sand-bagging and recovery efforts."

Fireworks are set to start at 9:30 p.m. in both cities. The music will broadcast on WGEM FM-105.1. For easy access to the music, anyone with a smartphone or tablet can download the free WGEM FM app and be able to listen to the music.

Planning for the event has been underway for several months, and WGEM and The Herald-Whig aim to make this a memorable and enjoyable event. The focus will be on maintaining and growing the patriotic community spirit that Independence Day brings out each year.


Schedule of events for Quincy:

5 p.m. - Vendors open

5:30 p.m. - Kids Zone at 5:30 (bounce houses)

6:30 p.m.- Quincy Park Band

8 p.m. - Presentation by Illinois Army National Guard Major General Donald Lynn

8:20 p.m. - Illinois National Guard 144th Army Band

9:30 p.m. - Fireworks – music on WGEM 105.1 FM


Schedule of events for Hannibal:

9:30 p.m. - Fireworks – music on WGEM 105.1 FM

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