The following towns will be hosting events to celebrate the Fourth.
Enjoy the City of Effingham's annual fireworks show on July 4, starting at dusk (around 9 p.m.) at the Effingham High School Sports Complex, 1301 Grove Ave.
Rain date is July 5.
Sunday, June 30
4 p.m. — Red, White and Blue Parade
Food Stand opens after parade and will be open until 8 p.m.
4-8 p.m. — Bounce Houses
6:30 p.m. — Pig Tail Contest, open to all ages
6:45 p.m. — Little Miss and Mr. Stewardson
7 p.m. — Eating Contest, $5 to enter, winner takes all, contact Shauna Curry to register prior to contest
7:15 p.m. — Steer Pong
7:30 p.m. — Mr. Heifer
Fireworks display after dark
Contact Stewardson Village Hall, 217-682-5710 for more information
Thursday, July 4
Farina will host its 64th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Village Park with an afternoon full of activities.
Noon — Food Stand opens; Beer Garden opens at the 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, bingo
5 p.m. — Cake Walk, pavilion; Opening with the National Anthem
5:15-6:45 p.m. — Ivas John Band performs
7-9:15 p.m. — Ben Nation performs
9:15 p.m. — Raffle drawing
9:30 p.m. — Fireworks
10 p.m. — Ben Nation performs
Red, White and Blue Days are coming to Charleston's Morton Park, Division and Lincoln Avenues
7:30 p.m. – Charleston Community Band's Patriotic Salute, Kiwanis Park
2-5 p.m. — Harold Hackett Memorial Bingo, 25 Cents per card, win cash and prizes, food/snacks available, Charleston VFW Banquet Room, 1821 20th St.
3 p.m. — Vendors open
4-6 p.m – Joyful Bubbles, fun for the whole family
6 p.m. — Free entertainment, The Hussey Brothers; Annual Award for Farmer of the Year
8 p.m. — John Michael Montgomery, free
7-11 a.m. — Pancake Breakfast, East Pavilion Morton Park, by Charleston American Legion, $6 adults, $3 children 5-12
6:30 a.m. — Registration for Habitat for Humanity 4 Mile Run/Walk, race starts at 7:30
9 a.m. — Registration for Chalk-in, Coles County Arts Council
9 a.m. — Registration for Pet Parade, parade begins at 9:30, All Things Pawsitive Dog Club
10 a.m.-2 p.m. — Activities, inflatable games, fire hose fun
All day — All-You-Can-Eat Ice Cream, $2
1 p.m. — Parade
2:15 p.m. — Bell Ringing Ceremony
2:30 p.m. — Sawyer Brothers Concert, free
Dusk — Fireworks at Coles County Airport
For more information call, 217-232-1485 or follow Charleston Red, White and Blue Days on Facebook.