CLINTON — A variety of local celebrations will commemorate Independence Day in the upcoming week. Since the holiday happens to fall on a Wednesday this year, some of the events are scheduled for other dates.
Here is a summary of upcoming events in the area:
The Clinton Jaycees carnival will be held from Wednesday through Sunday at the intersection of Fourth Avenue South and First Street. The carnival will open at 10 a.m. Wednesday; 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday; 10 a.m. Saturday; and noon on Sunday. The carnival will close at 11 p.m. each night. Admission to the carnival is free. The Food Drive Wristband Night is Thursday, beginning at 6 p.m.; each person who brings in two canned goods can purchase a wristband for unlimited rides for $12.
The Clinton Women’s Club offers tour of Curtis Mansion, 420 Fifth Ave. South, every Wednesday and Saturday from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The tours are offered from Memorial Day to Labor Day, including Wednesday, July 4. The tours are $5 for everyone age 16 and older; children younger than 16 are free if accompanied by an adult.
The Clinton LumberKings take on the Quad City Swing at Alliant Energy Field at 7 p.m. Thursday, and the game will be followed by fireworks.
Clinton Riverboat Days will be held on the riverfront from Friday to Sunday. Events include a parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, the Survivor Family Fun Show, Rondini Magic Show, Brett Marshall BMX Bike Show, a performance by the Water Hawks ski team, a grass volleyball tournament and music performances by Cheap Trick, Kansas and Jason Aldean.
The festival will conclude with fireworks at 10 p.m. on Sunday.
Mediacom will broadcast the parade live on cable channel 19, with Herald Advertising Manager Wayne Larkey providing commentary. In addition, Mediacom will have a camera set up providing live footage of Riverboat Days throughout the weekend. After the festival, the footage will be edited and highlights will be rebroadcast on channel 19 the following week. Mediacom will also provide free copies of the Riverboat Days coverage to anyone who provides their own blank tape. Those interested in the free copy should drop a blank VHS tape off at the Mediacom office at 112 N. Second St., to the attention of Jake Boyd.
The second annual DeWitt Summer Fest will be held at Westwood Park from Friday to Sunday. A carnival will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday.
A disc golf tournament will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday and the carnival will begin at 11 a.m. There will be arts and crafts tables, food venders, beer garden and Kalamity Klowns. Pony rides will be given from 1 to 4 p.m. Lynn Allen will perform from 6 to 8 p.m. followed by The Nadas from 8:30 to 11 p.m.
Sunday begins with a softball tournament at 9 a.m. and sign-up forms are at the chamber office. The carnival, arts and crafts tables, food vendors and beer garden open at 11 a.m. along with Kalamity Klowns from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and pony ridges from 1 to 4 p.m. Highlighting Sunday’s activities will be the Ghost Players from The Field of Dreams in Dyersville. They will host a children’s clinic from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., perform a comedy routine at 2:30 p.m. and play a celebrity softball game at 3 p.m.
n Grand Mound
The fireworks show in Grand Mound will begin at dusk on Wednesday. It will be located at the ball park at the intersection of County Road Y54 and Sunnyside Street.
n Mount Carroll, Ill.
Wednesday’s celebration in Mount Carroll is sponsored by the Mount Carroll fire department. The festivities begin with a cookout at the fire station at 11 a.m. Pork chop sandwiches, bratwurst and hot dogs will be served until 5 p.m. A parade will being at 6:30 p.m. in front of the former Mount. Carroll Elementary School on South Main Street. A concession stand will be open at the West Carroll Middle School athletic field throughout the evening, and Don Carroll’s orchestra will perform at the field before dusk. The evening will conclude with fireworks at dusk.
n Prophetstown, Ill.
An entire day of events are planned for Wednesday at Prophetstown State Park. A 3-on-3 basketball tournament will kick off the festivities at 8 a.m., followed by a horseshoe tournament at 10 a.m. Children’s races will begin at 2 p.m. The Lyndon Prophetstown Canoe Race is scheduled for 4:30 p.m., and a fireworks show will begin at dusk.