Get Out the Red, White, and Blue… July 4th is Awesome in Marshall, Illinois

There is nothing like celebrating the Fourth of July in a small town. And one of the best small towns in America is Marshall, Illinois. Patriotism abounds in Marshall, and we love to celebrate our great nation in ways that are big and small. Of course, there will be picnics and backyard barbeques, and kids will shoot off their firecrackers or twirl their sparklers, but some big doings are starting on July 3rd this year.


Start early! Our own Mill Creek Park is holding its 13th annual July 3rd Celebration. Head over to the park early in the afternoon and spend the day enjoying food, music, and the great fun of being at the lake.


The concession stand will offer food with many cuisine choices. Bud’s BBQ, Sati Babi, We Lik It, JBS Twisted Catfish, and Bif Al’s will all be represented and serving up their goodies.


Show off your talents from 4 to 7 pm when DJ Roy Rice will host karaoke and Play some great tunes. After that, “Less is More” will take over the lakeside entertainment as we wait for the main event. There will be a bounce house for the kiddies and a cornhole competition for the “athletes.”
The annual fireworks display will light up the night sky at dusk. What a great way to start the holiday.


On July 4th, the fun continues at our Clark County Fairgrounds at 502 N. 2nd St. in Marshall. Weather threatens to get the best of us this year, but that will not dampen the Celebration. Marshall never quits, so the show will happen!!  The Fairgrounds has covered seating for over 2,000 people in the Grandstands. There are bleacher seats available, but it is recommended that you bring your own lawn or camp chairs to sit in the covered area. The food trucks will be there, rain or shine, from 4 pm to 9 pm on the midway. We will all enjoy the concert and good food while still staying dry!


The fantastic free concert will start at 4:30 pm with Jake and Mikayla. This married couple is a dynamic duo of high-energy country music. Their original songs include elements of rockabilly, gospel, and bluegrass. They’ve been performing together for nine years, playing all over Indiana and Illinois, Branson, Missouri, Gatlinburg, Tennessee, and Nashville.


At 6 pm, the America’s Got Talent Golden Buzzer winner, Richard Goodall, will take the stage with his band ManOpause. With Richard on lead vocals, they will provide three hours of classic to current rock anthems as we wait for the night sky to grow dark enough for the fireworks display. If you want to meet Richard, you can join one of two meet and greets with him. He will be at the VFW Post 5975 Dow Stepp Memorial in Marshall from 4:45 pm to 5:30 pm and then meet with fans at the Grandstands/Stage at 9:15 pm directly after his concert.


The City of Marshall fireworks will be at The Clark County Fairgrounds on Saturday, July 6th at dusk (approximately 9:00 pm). Be sure to check The City of Marshall’s facebook page for any updates due to the weather.


If you don’t have the proper patriotic attire for these events, it’s not too late to get your patriotic tee shirts. Head over to Back in the Woods at 16134 E Aspen ST, Marshall. They still have a great selection to choose from, and they will be open all day on Tuesday, July 2nd.


Whatever plans you have to see fireworks, don’t forget about the pets, especially the pups, as they are often sensitive to loud noises and bright lights. It’s usually best to leave them at home and ensure they have a safe hiding place, like their crates or a big blanket. Thunder coats are a great idea for particularly nervous dogs. Leave the TV or radio on loud to offset the booms and bangs. If you take them with you, make sure their ID tags are on them and up to date with the info in case they bolt during the fireworks display. Better safe than sorry.


You may have similar problems with very young kiddos and, of course, infants and babies. The noise of fireworks can hurt their ears, so protect them with some noise-canceling apparatus.


Regardless of the weather or what you choose to do for this major holiday, be safe and enjoy all our great town of Marshall, Illinois, has to offer.