Fireworks Roadtrip Ahead

Ever dream of creating a fireworks-themed vacation?

Imagine spending eight days criss crossing through Route 66 communities and along the nation’s mightiest rivers to enjoy brilliant fireworks sparkling across the night skies.

Stop dreaming and make it a reality the summer of 2021 in the Great Rivers & Routes region of southwest Illinois.

From June 27 through July 5 along Route 66 and reflected in the waters of the mighty Mississippi River, fireworks will sparkle and crowds will gasp in awe as flares of color paint the night skies. And, the best part? The celebrations are free and as diverse as the local communities that create the events!

So pack a bag. Hop in the car. Crank some tunes and get ready to create your own Fireworks Holiday Viewing Party.

Fireworks in Alton, IL

Here is a list by date of fireworks celebrations throughout the Great Rivers & Routes region:

  • June 27: What’s it like to see fireworks from an airport runway? Answer that question at the 1st MidAmerica Credit Union Fireworks Show at the St. Louis Regional Airport, 8 Terminal Dr., East Alton. Bring the entire family, and your lawn chairs, for fireworks at the airport. Begins at dusk.

Check out Roma's Pizza for great hometown pie and Geno's 140 Club.

  • June 27: Bring your blankets and lawn chairs to Beverly Farm in Godfrey and spread out under the stars for the fireworks show. An ice cream truck will be on hand selling sweet treats. Begins at dusk.
  • July 2: Pre-fireworks entertainment and dining specials are available throughout the Mississippi River community of Grafton. Stroll the streets of this historic town and then set up your chair or blanket along Main Street for stunning fireworks. Fireworks will be launched from Lighthouse Park. Begins when fully dark.
  • July 2: Fireworks take center stage in Carlinville this July 4th weekend. The show takes place at the Macoupin County Fairgrounds. Attendance is limited to the first 100 vehicles. Parking spaces cannot be reserved in advance. Feel free to bring in outside food and drinks but no alcoholic beverages please!
  • July 3: Independence Day starts early in Alton with the annual Alton Fireworks Spectacular at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater. Watch the night skies bloom with color and shimmer in the Mississippi River. Food, drinks and live entertainment highlight this annual event, one of the few in the region set along the banks of the Mississippi. The Air National Guard Band of the Midwest will perform leading up to the star of the show -- the fireworks! Enjoy food and drinks at the Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater from Angie's Burger and The Sweet Divine food trucks. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

There are plenty of overnight options for this leg of your fireworks roadtrip! Watch the fireworks from the comfort of your suite at Alton Cracker Factory located in downtown Alton with stunning river view. Or spend the night at the elegant Beall Mansion, a visitor favorite. The newly remodeled Best Western Premier Alton-St. Louis offers an onsite restaurant. Ride the Amtrak train to Alton for fireworks and stay at the nearby Hampton Inn & Suites. Click here for more overnight options.

Dozens of locally owned and operated restaurants are spread throughout Alton. Find your next favorite restaurant here.

Troy Fireworks
  • July 3: Enjoy Fireworks at the Lake in Greenfield. This day-long celebration includes games, live music and a fish/chicken fry. Free admission. Fireworks at dusk.
  • July 3: Kick off your fireworks travel in Edwardsville, an historic Route 66 community, which will host its annual Edwardsville Independence Day Celebration at the American Legion, 58 S. State Route 157. Enjoy concessions, kids’ activities, including a bounce house and corn pit, and plenty of food and drinks. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Before the fireworks, enjoy dinner at Sugarfire Smokehouse, or dine at local favorites including Bella Milano, 1818 Chophouse or Dewey's Pizza among others.

Stay the night at one of the city's great hotels including Comfort Inn, Country Hearth Inn & Suites, Holiday Inn Express or the newly opened TownePlace Suites.

July 4: Fourth of July Fireworks in Troy is arguably the largest fireworks display in southwest Illinois and outside nearby St. Louis. Journey to Tri-Township Park, 410 Wickliffe St., and experience this one-of-a-kind celebration. Fireworks begin at dusk but festivities start at 6 p.m. Enjoy live music by Burnin Bridges. food and drink vendors will also be on hand.

Troy is located at the intersection of Interstate 55 and Interstate 70 with easy access to St. Louis and some of the best fireworks in the region. Choose from Holiday Inn Express, Best Western, Red Roof Inn, Super 8 and Motel 6 for an overnight stay.

  • July 4: If you are getting your kicks on Route 66 over Independence Day then stopping at the Route 66 community of Litchfield is a must for fireworks viewing. The Litchfield Independence Day Fireworks celebration at Lake Lou Yaeger, 4943 Beach House Trail, is worth the drive. Enjoy live music from from Vince Martin at 7 p.m. then revel in fireworks over the lake.

Check out the historic Ariston Cafe in Litchfield before the fireworks. The cafe, located on Route 66, has the title of one of the oldest, continuously operating cafes on the nation's Mother Road. Just across the street from the Ariston's neon glory is Jubelt's Bakery and Restaurant offering great desserts and satisfying meals.

For an overnight stay in this Mother Road community, choose from the Hampton Inn, Baymont Inn, America's Best Value Inn, Quality Inn and Super 8.

  • July 4: There is nothing like watching fireworks explode over the prairie. Take a trip to Jerseyville for the annual fireworks event held at the American Legion Fairgrounds, 300 Veterans Memorial Parkway. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Have a yen for pizza, pasta or a simply satisfying meal? Stop in at 1880 Pizza Pasta House in downtown Jerseyville and indulge in homemade pizzas, pastas and more. George's Local Brew offers burgers, wings and more alongside its quality drinks menu.

Click here for overnight lodging options.

  • July 4: Games, inflatables, arts and crafts for the kids and more highlight the annual Godfrey Family Fun Fest, 1401 Stamper Ln, Godfrey. And, of course, fireworks! Festivities kick off at 5 p.m. with fireworks at dusk.
  • July 5: Celebrate your final fireworks road trip in Granite City. The city's week-long Patriots in the Park Festival caps off with a spectacular fireworks show at Coolidge MIddle School. Free admission. Fireworks at dusk.