July 1st-4th, 2016

The Largest Fireworks Celebration in Illinois


Live Events


Free Fallin’

  Friday, July 1st, 2016

7:30pm – 11:00pm

Tribute to Tom Petty with 93.3 The Drive at The Landing

Tickets – $7

(Available at the door)



  Saturday, July 2nd, 2016

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Live music with 104.9 The Wolf at The Landing

Tickets – $10

(Available at the door)






Sunday, July 3rd, 2016

7:30pm – 11:30pm

Live music with Energy 102.3 on the Riverfront

Advance Tickets- $15

($20 at door)



Spring Creek Station

   Monday, July 4th, 2016

6:00pm – 8:00pm

Live music with 104.9 The Wolf at Festival Park

Countdown to Red, White & Boom!




Free Fallin’ –  Live at The Landing

Free Fallin presents it’s show with the power and passion that went into over 30 years of Tom Petty’s best selling songs from “Damn the Torpedoes” through his latest (including hits from the Traveling Wilburys). Free Fallin’s show has the instrumentation to duplicate the sound of the Heartbreakers as well as the convincing looks and costumes that gives you a show that you will never forget!


Public VIP Viewing Area

It’s the ULTIMATE Fourth of July celebration! It’s the 30th Anniversary of Unity Point Health RED, WHITE, & BOOM! It’s an All-American party for the ages…and you’re invited!

Tickets are $59 for adults and $29 for kids under 17

Food, soda, water, beer and wine included. Face paint, balloon artist will be available and live entertainment.

Party goes from 5:30pm – 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 again in 2016.

UnityPoint Health – RED, WHITE and BOOM! 2016 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 28 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 5 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, 102.3 Energy, and Goodtime Oldies 1290 and 102.7 WIRL.

How much does it cost to get into UnityPoint Health – Methodist | Proctor Red, White and BOOM?

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, 102.3 Energy, and Goodtime Oldies 1290 and 102.7 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 – Methodist Red, White and BOOM by far the largest.

Anything else we need to know?

In the event of rain or high winds, Tuesday 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 – Methodist | Proctor Red, White and BOOM 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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