July 4th, 2018

The Largest Fireworks Celebration in Illinois


Red White and Boom Supporters

Live Events


Free Fallin’

  Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018

6:00pm – 11:00pm

Live Music with 93.3 The Drive at The Trouble Free Heating, Cooling & Plumbing Stage

Tickets – $10

(Available at the door) 

Countdown to Red, White & Boom!


Free Fallin’

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers’ music has become the soundtrack for the 20th century and beyond. The Heartbreakers have sold over 80 million records and four of his albums have gone 12x platinum. His songs are heard everyday on a variety of radio formats including his own XM Channel.

Presenting a stunningly accurate tribute to the look and sound of the Heartbreakers, Free Fallin’ has successfully toured the country for more than 10 years performing at festivals, fairs, casinos, and major concert venues. This has earned them the glowing reputation as one of the finest tribute bands in the world.

Come watch Free Fallin’ Tuesday, July 3rd, 2018 from 6:00pm to 11:00pm live at The Trouble Free Heating and Air Stage on the Peoria Riverfront. Tickets can be bought at the door.

Dunkin’ Donuts of Peoria Public VIP Viewing Area

It’s the ULTIMATE Fourth of July celebration! It’s the 32nd Anniversary of UnityPoint Health RED, WHITE, & BOOM! It’s an All-American party for the ages…and you’re invited!

Tickets are $20

Bring your own chairs. Food, soda, water, beer and wine will be available for purchase. Face paint, and live music from Pocket Mouse.

Party goes from 5pm – 10pm.  


Watching the Fireworks


Alpha Media is bursting with pride to announce the Peoria area will be celebrating our Nation’s birth with UnityPoint Health – Red White and Boom Brought Home by Adam Merrick Real Estate again in 2018.

UnityPoint Health – RED, WHITE and BOOM, Brought Home by Adam Merrick Real Estate, 2018 is a “pyromusical”… a blend of fireworks fired from a barge in the middle of the Illinois River synchronized to a patriotic musical soundtrack broadcast on Alpha Media stations! Spectators are encouraged to bring portable radios tuned to one of the Alpha Media stations to enjoy the added dimension of music that matches the fireworks!

What is now UnityPoint Health – Red White and Boom began 32 years ago as Skyconcert 1987 with music synchronized to KZ93, the station that is now 93.3 The Drive. The fireworks display took a huge leap forward in 2007 when UnityPoint Health began as the title sponsor and all Alpha Media stations began promoting the event and airing the synchronized music soundtrack.



How do I get tickets for the concerts?

Please refer to the Live Events Section.

When do the activities begin?

On the 4th, the fun starts at 4pm with vendors, live entertainment and more on each side of the river. The most spectacular synchronized fireworks show central Illinois has ever seen is scheduled to begin at 9:30.
Listen to the exclusive soundtrack on 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, G 102.3, 95.9 The Sports Nut, and Superhits WIRL.

How much does it cost to get into UnityPoint Health Red, White and BOOM, brought home by Adam Merrick Real Estate?

Absolutely free on the 4th of July. It is our gift to central Illinois. There is admission to the riverfront concerts.

Can we bring blankets and chairs?

Yes, in fact, you’re encouraged to come early and find a spot for the whole family. Many businesses will be open that day.

What about food and drinks?

There will be plenty of vendors lining the riverfront in Peoria and East Peoria, with lots to eat and drink. There will even be
an alcohol-free zone at Liberty Park in Peoria. No alcoholic beverages of any kind are permitted on the riverfront unless
purchased from a licensed vendor (with proper ID). Coolers, backpacks and other containers are subject to search by
police. No alcohol will be allowed in Riverfront Park in East Peoria.

Where can I hear the soundtrack to the fireworks?

If you are not in proximity of some of the sound systems along the riverfront, you can tune any radio to 1470 and 100.3 WMBD, 93.3 The Drive, The New 104.9 The Wolf, Mix 106.9, G 102.3, 95.9 The Sports Nut, and Superhits WIRL.

How does this event compare with others in central Illinois?

Actually, it doesn’t. Over 175,000 people experience the event, which makes it the largest single day event in central
Illinois. It also ranks in the top 3% of fireworks displays in the country, and is easily the largest in Illinois.

Will parking be an issue?

There are thousands of parking spaces covering both sides of the river, along with several parking decks in downtown
Peoria. There will also be lots of on the street parking in downtown Peoria due to the holiday. Handicapped parking will be available at the city lot across from the CAT parking garage at the foot of Hamilton at Water in Peoria. In East Peoria handicapped parking spaces are located in the parking lot adjacent to RiverFront Park. Additional designated spaces will be in an area across from the parking lot parallel to the river. All of these spaces are available on a first come, first served basis. Vehicles must display the proper handicapped license plate or mirror tag. No RV or trailer parking will be allowed in the RiverFront Park parking lot. In addition, no parking of any kind will be allowed on the new Conference Drive near the Embassy Suites.

Who actually shoots the fireworks?

Melrose Pyrotechnics, one of the most respected companies in the world, will take over the show at 9:30, and launch approximately 8,000 shells! Over 600 hours of design and preparation have gone into this performance alone. Melrose Pyrotechnics has many years of experience including displays for the Chicago White Sox, Bulls and Bears, Cleveland Cavaliers, Venetian Night in Chicago, and even a show for the Queen of England. They will do upwards of 800 shows on the 4th of July, with UnityPoint Health Red, White and BOOM are by far the largest.

Anything else we need to know?

In the event of rain or high winds, Thursday July 5th has been reserved as the rain date. Same times and locations. 

Personal fireworks of any kind, including sparklers, are prohibited on the riverfront grounds. UnityPoint Health Red, White and BOOM, Brought Home by Adam Merrick Real Estate will have all the fireworks you’ll need. Also, with heavy crowds expected, please do not bring bikes, rollerblades and family pets to the riverfront.

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