What’s “Playing in Peoria?” – July 3

Pop! Bang! Sizzle! Boom! Swish!

The UnityPoint Health – Methodist Red, White and BOOM is finally here! So, this week I’m highlighting a few of the different viewing options you have for the biggest fireworks show in the state! Of course, you can always just grab your coolers, lawn chairs and bravely take on the crowds that pack the riverfront for the show!

But, if you’re looking for a less stressful evening, check out a few of these events!

Unfortunately, the Backyard BBQ at the Peoria Riverfront Museum has already sold out, but not to worry—there are still a number of other options to choose from!

Embassy Suites: A block of rooms have been reserved specifically for the fireworks celebration. Along with a discount rate for the room,Embassy Suites, East Peoria guests will have a prime location to watch the fireworks show! This party on the patio will include food and drinks. You can reserve a room by clicking here.

Peoria Chiefs: Join the Chiefs at Dozer Park on July 4 at 5:30 p.m., as the Chiefs celebrate Independence Day with Thirsty Thursday ($1 12 oz beer & soda), the Jesse White Tumblers and stick around for a great view of the downtown Peoria fireworks! This is one of the special events that helps take the stress out of viewing the fireworks display on the riverfront and is perfect for the entire family.

Flanagan House: Gates at the Flanagan House open at 8:00 p.m. for the best seats in the “Peoria House.” Watch the spectacular Peoria Riverfront fireworks from the bluff. Seating is limited to the first 200, so arrive before dusk and stake your claim on the expansive rear lawn of the Flanagan House overlooking the city. Other area fireworks displays can also be seen from the Flanagan lawn. Soda, water, popcorn, and novelties will be available for purchase.

ELITE Fundraiser: Head down to the Riverplex for a good cause. The park will open at 5:00 p.m. as people begin pulling into reserved parking. The concessions and RiverPlex facilities will also open. All guests are welcome to bring lawn chairs, beach blankets, coolers, portable grills, and picnic baskets. It’s the perfect spot for the fireworks display and it’s for a good cause. The ELITE program teaches young people how to gain employment, how to communicate effectively, how to dress for success, and, basically, how to grow up.

Riverfront Concerts: Don’t only come downtown for the fireworks this weekend! Clayton Anderson, up-and-coming country singer/songwriter, will play on Wednesday, July 3 on the Peoria riverfront. On Friday, July 5, American rock band .38 Special will put on a show followed by Bella Cain on Saturday, July 6. The biggest show of the weekend is likely to be on Sunday, July 6, when Umphrey’s McGee rolls back into town. They are one of the headline acts each year at Summer Camp Festival held at Three Sister’s Park. So if fireworks aren’t your thing, just head down to the riverfront for a concert!

As always, stay busy Peoria and keep it here for news on everything “Playing in Peoria!”

Written By: Andrew Ketterer

This post is part of a weekly series that is designed to promote a weekly schedule of Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Member businesses and events.

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