4 Things You Should Know About Chillicothe's Fourth of July Fireworks for 2010

1. Still on the riverfront: This year’s show will remain on the Chillicothe riverfront, though residents may sit further back than in previous years, depending on how high the Illinois River is on July 4. The event begins at 9 p.m. with Mayor Troy Childers Sr. emceeing. Fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m. and should last 45 minutes.

2. Of assistance: Dick Hamm is providing two 120-by-30 foot barges to allow the fireworks to be set off. Normally they are lit on Hamm’s part of the island across from the Chillicothe shore. The barges may be tied up further south to give fireworks operators more distance. Galena Road Gravel is donating two loads of sand to pack the fireworks in. Illinois Valley Central High School football players and wrestlers will help Saturday and Sunday unloading the fireworks. Volunteers will pick up debris left by the flooding Saturday in the city-owned riverfront parking lots.

3. The details: Residents should bring blankets or chairs to sit in Cutright Park, the riverfront parking lots, and the grassy knoll behind Bananas Beach Club. Shore Acres Park may be especially a great area to watch fireworks from this year. Handicap parking is available behind the bathrooms at Cutright Park.

4. Donations needed: The 4th of July Committee fundraises each year to put on the show. Volunteers will go around the area collection donations, or residents may send them to South Side Bank, P.O. Box 259, Chillicothe, IL 61523. Checks should be made payable to Chillicothe 4th of July.