The annual bi-state Red, White & Boom! in downtown Davenport and Rock Island returns this year on July 3.
The annual bi-state Red, White & Boom! in downtown Davenport and Rock Island returns this year on July 3. Family-friendly activities will take place that evening in Davenport and Rock Island. At 9:30 p.m. fireworks will be shot in sync to music broadcast on 97X from two barges in the middle of the Mississippi River.
Gates will open at 5 p.m. at Schwiebert Riverfront Park in Rock Island. There will be music from DJ Jeff James beginning at 5 p.m., followed by Class of ’82 (an 80’s new wave and alternative music tribute band) beginning at 6:30 p.m. From 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., children will be able to enjoy a balloon artist, face painting, glow merchandise for sale, and the park’s playground and water fountains.
Dinner fare, desserts and beverage concessions, including BBQ, Mexican and all your fair food favorites, will be available throughout the park from multiple vendors starting at 5 p.m. All ages are invited onto the great lawn, where ID will be required to purchase beer from Bent River Brewing Company. Lawn chairs and blankets are encouraged. The following are not permitted in the park: outside alcohol, glass, tents, sparklers and fireworks. Coolers and bags will be checked at the gate. Please do not bring dogs or other animals to this event.
The Red, White & Boom! fireworks show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 pm. Firework music will be heard throughout the park or tune in to 96.9 FM (97X) to hear a choreographed soundtrack.
Schwiebert Riverfront Park entertainment and activities are presented by Rock Island Parks and Recreation with additional support from the City of Rock Island, including the police and fire departments; Whitey’s Ice Cream; McCarthy, Callas & Feeney, P.C.; Langman Construction; Liberty Packaging; Media Link; Premier Computer Services; IL/IA Center for Independent Living; Gas & Electric Credit Union; Virdi Eye Clinic; Midwest Complete Construction; Rock Island Optometric Center; J&J Snack Foods; and Tri-City Building & Construction Trades Council.
Visit redwhiteandboomqc.org for a full listing of event activities on the Rock Island and Davenport Riverfront. Free parking will be available downtown in the parking ramp and on the street. First Avenue will be closed from 17th to 20th Street and both parking lots in Schwiebert Riverfront Park will be closed.
For more information call Rock Island Parks and Recreation at 309-732-7275.