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. Drones are not permitted; the area is a no fly zone for drones.

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 NewsTalk1400 WDWS AM and Lite Rock 97.5 WHMS. We would like to remind you, that This is a NO DRONE ZONE. If caught using a drone could result in a fine.

Evening Program Map

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Wreckless Whiskey

One of Illinois’ hottest Bud Light sponsored bands, Wreckless Whiskey aims to bring a fresh country rock sound to the Midwest music scene. With a focus on interaction with their fans, these guys are high energy and sure to  entertain. The band is currently the reigning 2017 Readers Choice Best Local Band for Herald & Review. Their play list ranges from artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Brantley Gilbert and other of today's top artists along with some classic rock tunes and cross genre medleys. So far, Wreckless Whiskey have opened for country acts such as Dan & Shay, Chris Janson, Frankie Ballard, Thompson Square, Walker McGuire, Drew Baldridge, Joe Diffie, Travis Tritt, Kane Brown and Tyler Farr.
Blake Harned (Lead Vocals)
Josh Davis (Bass Guitar & Vocals)
Noah Williams (Lead Guitar & Vocals)
Tommy Patton (Drums)
Email: bhandwrecklesswhiskey@gmail.com

Other Presenters/Performers

MC: Scott Beatty ( Promotions, Host and Producer - WHMS)
National Anthem: Crystal McCullough
Invocation: Michelle Lewis
Taps: Kiara Chavarria
Honor Guard: Venture Crew 1, Troop 1, Troop 107 Boy Scouts of America

Song Selection

Song Title Artist
Party In the USA Miley Cyrus
America Rodney Atkins
Birthday The Beatles
Best Day of My Life American Authors
Just Like Fire Pink
On Top of the World Imagine Dragons
Tonight, Tonight Hot Chelle Rae
House Party Sam Hunt
American Girl Tom Petty
Armed Forces Medley San Francisco Symphony
God Bless the USA Lee Greenwood
This Land is Your Land Everclear
What a Wonderful World Louis Armstrong
Courtesy of the Red, White & Blue Toby Keith
God Bless America Martina McBride
Firework Katy Perry
1812 Overtune 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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