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Peoria area prepares to celebrate 4th of July with a boom

It's Independence Day weekend, and that means there's fireworks shows and celebrations to catch around the Peoria area.

Many of the events are back for the first time this year since the offset of the COVID-19 pandemic. That includes the annual UnityPoint Health Red, White, and Boom fireworks display on the Peoria and East Peoria riverfronts. It's one of the biggest fireworks displays in the country, drawing more than 200,000 people each year. The show kicks off at 9:30 p.m. Monday. The city of East Peoria is reminding attendees to leave sparklers at home.

Pekin's 4th of July Honor America celebration is also happening July 4 at the Pekin Memorial Stadium.

The annual Glen Oak Park fireworks show hosted by the Peoria Park District is happening this Sunday around dusk.

And West Peoria's annual 4th of July parade starts at 10 a.m. Monday. It starts at the corner of Sterling and Rohmann.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.