Patriotic events scheduled in Piatt County

Piatt County will put its best patriotic foot forward with several events around Independence Day. They include the following:


Reds, Whites
and The Blues


As part of its summer concert series, Allerton Park and Retreat Center will present its annual “Reds, Whites and The Blues” concert on the Gatehouse Lawn from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, June 29. Included will be music by Billy Galt and the Blues Deacons, and John Primer and The Real Deal Blues Band. 

The Mid-Piatt Fire Protection District will have a fire truck on hand for “Touch-A-Truck. There is a suggested donation. 

Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Participants should bring blankets or chairs.


Freedom Fest


Freedom Fest, featuring one of the largest fireworks displays in the area, returns to Lodge Park from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Lodge Park on Route 47 in Monticello.

The festivities will start at 4 p.m. with Action Inflatables, kids’ games, 20 different food vendors, music, balloons, pony rides, novelties, airbrush and a raffle. Fireworks will start a 9 p.m. after the singing of the National Anthem by Taylor Wichus.

There will be parking at Washington School which is located on Rt. 105 South of Monticello, and buses will be available to transport to and from Lodge Park. The Trailblazers located North of Lodge Park also provide parking, however there is a walk to the park. Monticello Railway offers a Fireworks Special which departs from Wabash Depot in downtown Monticello at 8 p.m. Reservations are needed by going to

There is no parking in front of the park, which includes unloading passengers, stopping for any reason, or standing on the roadside.


America the Great


The Bement Community Council has planned “America the Great,” a Fourth of July celebration in Bement. Community Council member Judy Good said $1,000 has been added to this year’s fireworks display, which will be fired off at dusk in the town’s Forest Preserve Park.

“It will be a beautiful display, better than we’ve had before,” said Good.

Festivities start earlier in the day with a 2 p.m. parade that travels through the downtown area and on Route 105. After that, the party moves to Forest Preserve Park for Bingo (top prize is a $300 gift card), cake walks, watermelon eating contests, vendors and food.

Those wishing to take part in the parade should meet on the west side of the elementary school at 1 p.m. No reservations are needed. Vendors are also welcome to set up in Forest Preserve Park.


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