As many as 40,000 people come to Arthur (population 2500) for some of the best fireworks and Independence Day celebrations around. Helicopter rides, fly-bys, parachute drops, food, entertainment. Come early and stay late. ALWAYS the Saturday BEFORE the 4th. Visit Downtown Arthur early for special activities and watch the 2pm Freedom Parade in the afternoon before heading down to the fairgrounds for the later activities.
At 4 p.m. the festivities then move down to the Moultrie-Douglas County Fairgrounds just off Illinois Route 133 for the largest fireworks display in central Illinois. It is a plethora of pyrotechnics that has been wowing tens of thousands of spectators each year for the last several decades.
There will be live music, food, pony rides, kids’ activities, skydivers and powered parachutes all leading up to some of the largest shells, the most unique fireballs, ground displays and one of a kind pyrotechnics you will not see anywhere else.
But these are just a prelude to one of the biggest fireworks displays in central Illinois. The Gigantic Fireworks Display will begin at 9:30 pm and will feature an exceptional array of shells from around the world including many American specialities.
We get quite a crowd for this event, often in excess of 25,000 people, so you might want to arrive early and plan ahead for parking and viewing locations. There will be plenty of food vendors and other activities to keep you entertained. Even if this map is dated, the location does not change from year to year.
While the fireworks and displays are free if you walk in, we hope you if you enjoyed the show you can make a donation as you leave to help fund future displays and to support the Arthur Rotary Club projects.
In addition, please note that many parking areas do have a specific charge to park.
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