The Quad-Cities explodes across the Mississippi River with one heck of a party planned for America’s birthday – Red, White and Boom.

The free annual festival spans the Iowa and Illinois riverfronts with events at Davenport’s LeClaire Park and Modern Woodmen Park and Rock Island’s Schwiebert Park on Sunday, July 3.

More than 45,000 pounds of explosives will be sent shrieking into the air to explode in fiery glory over the Mississippi River by a pair of battling barges, the Major League Baseball association will debut the Baseball Hall of Fame Tour in Davenport at 10 a.m. July 3 and military-themed activities including an oath of enlistment ceremony inducting over 40 recruits into the armed forces will take place.

Organizers are understandably stoked about the b-day bash.

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“It’s going to be a spectacular event,” said Kyle Carter, Executive Director of the Downtown Davenport Partnership Group. “We’re happy the stars aligned with the Major Leagues to get the Hall of Fame event, you can’t beat that, we’re the first in the nation to have it, and merging it with Red, White and Boom is going to be great. Also, we’ll have multiple branches of the military doing the oath of enlistment that day, that’s really neat and extremely patriotic, and then all the fireworks and cool stuff to do, it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

The festivities at Schwiebert Park begin at 3 p.m. July 4, while activities at Modern Woodmen begin at 5 and viewing is available in LeClaire beginning at 6. The events are free and open to the public, due largely to the largesse of the corporate sponsors of the event. Activities as Schwiebert will include inflatables, food vendors, adult and all-ages beverages, live music and more. As for Modern Woodmen, the US Army STEM experience offers an interactive military-style experience, joining live music, food, beverages and more at that venue.

The MLB portion of the Modern Woodmen venue features an experience of five mobile exhibits that will be touring baseball parks and venues throughout the U.S. telling the history of the sport in an interactive multimedia fashion.
And then, of course, there are the fireworks.

“This year’s event is going to offer one of the most extravagant and professional fireworks displays people have ever seen,” said Ken Croken, Chief Marketing Officer for Genesis Health System, a sponsor of the event. “I love fireworks, this is always one of my favorite annual events, and I think the people of the Quad-Cities are going to love it. With the two dueling barges, this year’s staging is going to be the most spectacular we’ve ever seen from this event.”

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