Evening Program

Evening Program

The evening's festivities begin at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment on the main stage which will be located along Kirby Ave between First & Oak Streets. There will also be children's activites. (bounce house/inflatables) Parking is available in the State Farm Center and Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) parking lots. Following the music, at around 9:10 p.m., there will be some announcements & presentations. After the announcements, there will be the singing of our National Anthem, an invocation, and then the retiring of our nations flag by a color guard. Immediately following, the always entertaining fireworks display.

The Freedom Celebration Fireworks Location

The launch location will be lot E-14 west of the State Farm Center.

Melrose Pyrotechnics

Once again this year, we will have a spectacular fireworks display! Melrose Pyrotechnics will treat us to a show they have carefully choreographed and synchronized with a custom sound-track. They've put together some great shows for us in the past and this year is sure to be no different!

The fireworks will begin at dusk, approximately 9:15 PM. Should inclement weather affect the scheduled start time of the fireworks, in the interest of safety and public enjoyment, the Board of Directors and Committee will attempt to make a decision as to whether to delay the fireworks to a more advantageous time. Every attempt will be made to make this decision as early as possible to notify the public of any changes. Should a delay be required, all local media will be notified of the change.

Be sure to come early and sit close to the stage. You will be entertained by this year's live band and when the evening show is completed, this is the best way to hear the synchronized music track. Should you find yourself out of range of the stage, be sure to bring a radio and you can hear the fireworks music on Country US 105.9 FM.

Evening Program Map

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CAPTAIN RAT AND THE BLIND RIVETS puts on a high energy 50's and 60's rock'n'roll show, bursting with humor and satire. Great American Music, and a festival of fun-fun-fun for everyone! They have been legends since 1980 for their boffo stage show, featuring props, silly hats, funny faces, zany antics, and of course, great rock'n'roll !

Specializing in American music of the era: The Monkees, Elvis, Turtles, the Ventures- the band chooses the right song for each moment from a repertoire of over 400 vintage oldies, fast and slow songs from the greatest era in American popular music.

Other Presenters/Performers

MC: Diane Ducey ( Promotions, Host and Producer - SJ Broadcasting)
National Anthem: Morgan Holmes (American Idol Participant)
Invocation: Rev. Misty Teheran Bell, Canaan Baptist Church, Urbana, IL
Taps: Master Sergeant Mike Atkinson from the Illinois State Police (Bugler)
Honor Guard: Champaign Fire Department

Song Selection

Song Title Artist
Stars & Stripes Forever J.P. Sousa
America (Reprise) Neil Diamond
R.O.C.K. in the USA John Mellencamp
God Bless America Martina McBride
Courtesy of the Red White & Blue Toby Keith
God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood
Homegrown Zac Brown Band
This Is How We Roll Florida Georgia Line
A Thing About You Hunter Hayes
The Days Avicii
Shake It Off Taylor Swift
Ready To Run One Direction
Happy Pharrell
Let It Go Idina Menzel
Best Day of my Life American Authors
Firework Katy Perry
America the Beautiful Ray Charles
1812 Overture Tchaikovsky

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Inclement Weather Policy

Every effort will be made to have the evening show & fireworks occur on schedule. There are a number of factors that may contribute to a postponement (or cancellation) of events. The CCFC, fireworks provider,and/ or Champaign Fire Department have the primary responsibility for public & property safety. Whenever, in the opinion of the authorities, any hazardous conditions exist, the fireworks display shall be postponed until the condition is corrected. Some environmental conditions that may cause concern:

  • High winds (20 mph or higher)
  • Wind direction (crowd safety)
  • Precipitation
  • Lightning
  • Fire
  • Medical Emergency
  • Equipment malfunction, hazardous debris, etc.
  • Spectators entering any part of the discharge site/fall out area
  • Dry conditions


Food, drink, & activity vendors are located at various points along the parade route and in the fireworks vendor area during the evening show.

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