Fourth of July Festivities

Lake Sara

The Friends of Lake Sara are sponsoring the 36th Annual Lake Sara Fireworks on Sunday, July 3. The fireworks will begin promptly at 9:15 p.m. In case of inclement weather, the fireworks will be held on Saturday, July 9.

“In this time of rising prices, we are happy to be able to still provide a spectacular fireworks display,” said Fireworks Chairperson John Richards.

The best way to see the fireworks is from a boat on beautiful Lake Sara. Terry Trueblood, Commander of the Effingham County Dive and Rescue Team, shares the following tips for safe water viewing:

• Check out your boat’s navigation lights BEFORE July 3. Your boat must have a white light (stern), and red and green lights (forward).

• Be sure your battery is good and fully charged

• Follow the post-dusk speed limit of 10 mph

• Ensure that you have a life jacket for each passenger and that everyone under the age of 13 is wearing their life jacket

• Avoid overloading your boat

• Designate a driver if you plan to have alcohol on your boat

• Respect the safety perimeter that the Effingham Water Authority (EWA) and Dive Team boats will be patrolling

• Note that both EWA and DNR police will be patrolling the waters before, during and after the fireworks.

To observe the fireworks from land, come to the Lake Sara Beach at the end of Beach Road. To avoid traffic congestion and to keep a safety corridor, there will be no parking allowed on either Beach Road or Moccasin Road. The entrance will be closed promptly at 9 p.m., so get there early. There is plenty of parking available near the beach. You are also welcome to view from your car.

Following the fireworks, be patient as the parking lots are emptied in an orderly fashion. Be prepared to follow designated routes. All traffic leaving the beach area will go north on Beach Rd. in a single lane. At the intersection of Beach Rd. and 1600th Ave. (Moccasin Rd), motorists will have the choice of going west or east.

Traffic going east on 1600th Ave. toward 1000th St. (Lake Sara Rd) will turn left to get to Illinois Highway 32/33.

This event is paid for solely by private and business donations. Members of the Friends of Lake Sara will be collecting donations at the entrance to the parking lots at the beach. You can also send donations to Lake Sara Fireworks Fund at P.O. Box 531, Effingham, IL 62401. All contributions are appreciated.


Dieterich will have its Fourth of July Celebration July 3 and 4 at Dieterich Liberty Park, 203 Park Street. The following activities are scheduled.

Sunday, July 3

5 p.m. — Variety of food vendors and Beer Garden

8-11 p.m. — Feudin’ Hillbilly’s. No cover charge

Monday, July 4

7:30 a.m. — Firecracker Walk/Run

10 a.m. — Food and drink vendors open on Virginia Street

11 a.m.-11 p.m. — Beer Garden under the pavilion

11 a.m.-2 p.m. — Civic Center Pork Burger Luncheon Meal

11 a.m. — Parade. Entries line up at 10 a.m. at high school parking lot. Parade Theme is “2022 – Year of the Volunteer” with Parade Marshal Emily Hall.

11 a.m. — Concessions in Park Pavilion open. Pork burgers, brats, hot dogs, soda and water will be available.

Noon–8 p.m. — Inflatable bounce houses in outfield

1 p.m. — Kids games in outfield by Dieterich FFA Club

1 p.m. — Youth Pedal Tractor Pull under pavilion

2 p.m. — Gunny Sack Races by Dieterich Trailblazers 4-H Club

2–4 p.m. — Free Face Painting

2 p.m. — Bags Tournament (Double Elimination)

4 p.m. — Turtle Races in Outfield. Bring your own turtle.

7 p.m. — Little King and Queen Contest on stage

8 p.m. — Merchant Raffle Drawings

9:15 p.m. — Fireworks

For more information, contact Dieterich Village Hall at 217-925-5410.


The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up for the Fourth of July at Lake Shelbyville. Fireworks will be launched at dusk from Ramp Point, located in Dam West Recreation Area. Lake Shelbyville has compiled a list of locations best suited for viewing the fireworks.

Locations include Dam West Recreation Area, Dam East Recreation Area, Lake Shelbyville Visitor Center, portions of the road across the dam, and Dam West Overlook. The road across the dam will remain closed due to the maintenance equipment stationed on the road. Pedestrians will be allowed to sit on partial portions of the road by the Visitor Center and Dam West Overlook.

Be advised that parking is limited. Alternative locations for parking include Spillway Recreation Area, Forest Park & Dam West High Water Boat Ramp. If parking at the high water ramp, users may access the General Dacey Trail and walk to Dam West. The Shelbyville Chamber of Commerce has entertainment prior to the fireworks show. Activities include concessions from 4 to 9 p.m. and a band will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. The fireworks show will begin at dusk.

As always, no outside fireworks of any kind are allowed on government property. Offenders will face a citation if caught in possession of fireworks. For additional information, contact the Lake Shelbyville Project Office at 217-774-3951.


The Farina Fourth of July Celebration will be at Farina Village Park Sunday, July 3. The following activities are scheduled.

Noon — Food Stand opens, Beer Garden (Basketball Court)

2 p.m. — Parade registration

3 p.m. — Parade

3:45-5 p.m. — SIETC Rebels (Elite Tumble & Cheer)

4 p.m. — Inflatables, pony rides, kids games and bingo

5 p.m. — Cake Walk (Pavilion); opening with the National Anthem

5:15-7:30 p.m. — The John & Dave Duo

7:30-9:15 p.m. — Matt Poss Band

9:15 p.m. — Raffle Drawing

9:30 p.m. — Fireworks

10 p.m.-? — Matt Poss Band

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