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Puddle of Mudd, Jerrod Niemann headline shows Northpoint stage will feature plenty of music the headliners. “We’re definitely stepPuddle of Mudd, Jerping outside of our comfort rod Niemann, Jackyl and zone with the bigger names Libido Funk that we’ve Circus will be booked this the headlinyear,” said ers of Strecommittee See Jesse James ator’s annual co-chairperbefore the show Independence son Randy Day celebraDominic. “We Jesse James Dupree of tion at Northtry to make Jackyl will be signing botpoint Plaza. the celebratles of his bourbon 3 p.m. General tion keep Saturday, June 29, at Streadmission free general ator Drugs, 109 E. Main St., will remain admission. before his performance free this year We have great that night. The festival while VIP sponsors and also will serve Jesse James section tickwe’re always Bourbon and Coke during ets will cost looking for the Jackyl show. $20 per night more.” or $35 for the The celeduration of bration opens the festival. Thursday, Each night music begins at June 27, with headliner Jer6:30 p.m. and new this year rod Niemann. Niemann has a band will perform after written music with Garth Brooks and three of his own songs have made it to the top of the Country Airplay charts, a metric used to track the success of country songs. Niemann topped country charts with his plantinum anthem “Drink to That All Night.” Opening for Niemann are country performer Drew Baldridge, as well as the Joe Stamm Band. Contributed Baldridge, who grew Country singer Jerrod Niemann. The Times Staff

Alternative rock band Puddle of Mudd. up in Patoka, Ill., features an old-school country sound on his debut album and the Joe Stamm Band, from Central Illinois, are a high-energy country rock group. Former Billboard Rock 100 chart-toppers Puddle of Mudd will headline the second night. To date, Puddle of Mudd has sold more than 7 million albums and has had a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles in the United States. The band also has recently teased a new music release is on the way. Saliva, which has opened for several headliners, will open for Puddle of Mudd, as well as the Charlotte, N.C. rock band Another Lost Year. Saturday will be headlined by Southern rock band Jackyl, along with rock band Wayland and Iron Maiden tribute band Maiden Chicago. Jackyl has released hit singles like “Down on Me” and “When Will it Rain.” The band is best known for


but we really want to be the its song “The Lumberjack,” best in the Midwest.” which features a chainsaw The Streator 4th of July solo by lead singer Jesse Celebration is funded by James Dupree. donations, sponsors and a The finale Sunday will be series of fundraisers and led by returning performraffles put on ers Libido throughout Funk Circus the year; Domand Jimmy inic said the Buffett-style After party will celebration party band grows each Johnny Ruskeep festival rockin’ year with the sler and the New to the festival: for donations and Beach Bum folks who wants to conhelp from VIP Band. Libido tinue rockin’, there will be ticket purFunk Circus after-party performances chases. plays radio following the headliners The VIP hits across Thursday through Satursection will several day nights. feature a prigenres and Thursday, June 27, vate bar and time periwill be Breaking Storm, restroom for ods. a classic country/ classic those attend“The rock band. ing. amount of Friday, June 28, will be For more entertainDecade of Decadence, a information ment we hair metal tribute band. on the festihave coming Saturday, June 29, val, go to the to this small will be ‘80s Bush, which committee’s town is unfeatures hair metal from Facebook page believable,” the ‘80s. at facebook. Dominic com/stresaid. “We ator4thofjuly keep strivor its website ing to be the at best festival in the county

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MICHAEL URBANEC 815-431-4041 The Streator fireworks will take place at about 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Streator High School football field and this year’s show has been updated to have something for everyone. Terry Trenor, of the Streator 4th of July Committee, said the lineup of music has changed but the classics are still there and the theme will remain true to its traditional fireworks roots. Trenor said the committee is spending just about $48,000 on this year’s show and they want to keep it in balance with the rest of the entertainment that has been brought in. “Some towns are just OK with focusing on the fireworks, but we want to put on a good show all-around,” Trenor said. “When you’re spending what we are on entertainment, we’re making sure we put on a real nice show and we want to be entertaining.” Streator’s 4th of July fireworks are put on by Melrose Pyrotechnics, the same company in charge of the Chicago White Sox fireworks display that blasts off whenever they hit a home run. Music for the fireworks can be heard on 95.3 Jack FM. The Auto Lotto helps fund the fireworks. Tickets are $20. The drawing is held at 4 p.m. Thursday July 4, at the Streator City Park’s Plumb Pavilion. First prize gets the choice of $14,000 cash or one of the vehicles. Second, third and fourth place prizes are $500. The vehicles are: u 2019 Ford Fiesta S from Jerry Centoni Star Ford Lincoln u 2019 Chevy Spark LS from Bill Walsh Automotive Group u 2019 Harley Davidson Sportser XL 1200

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2019 STREATOR 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION SCHEDULE THURSDAY, JUNE 27 u 5 to 10 p.m.: Carnival u 5 p.m. to close: Food, vendors, beer garden u 5:45 p.m.: Crowning of Mr. Firecracker and Miss Sparkler on the Northpoint stage u 6 to 6:30 p.m.: Opening ceremony at Northpoint stage u 6:30 p.m.: Jerrod Niemann, Drew Baldridge and Joe Stamm Band u Celebration after party: Breaking Storm

SATURDAY, JUNE 29 u 8 a.m.: Run for Glory 5K race, City Park u 1 to 11 p.m.: Carnival u 5 to close: Food, vendors, beer garden u 6:30 p.m.: Jackyl, Wayland, Maiden Chicago u Celebration after party: ‘80s Bush

All events are at Northpoint Plaza, unless otherwise noted.

FRIDAY, JUNE 28 u 9 a.m. to noon: Kids Corner. Event is free. u 3 to 11 p.m.: Carnival u 5 p.m. to close: Food, vendors, beer garden u Night: Cruise In hosted by Dream Machines Car Club u 6:30 p.m.: Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Another Lost Year u Celebration after party: Decade of Decadence

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SUNDAY, JUNE 30 u 11 a.m.: Bags tournament. 10 a.m. check-in. Practice rounds 10:15 to 10:45 a.m. u Noon: Parade, downtown Streator u 1 to 3 p.m.: Third annual Emergency Vehicle Show u Noon to 7 p.m.: Food, vendors, beer garden u 1 to 9 p.m.: Carnival u 3 to 6 p.m.: Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band u 7 to 10 p.m.: Libido Funk Circus

Reese Handzus (front right) leads the children’s bicycle parade last year at Streator City Park. Children and families decorated tricycles, bicycles and strollers in patriotic gear to celebrate Independence Day. This year’s Kids Parade is at 1 p.m. Thursday, July 4.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 3 u 7 p.m.: Red, White, Blue and You Competition, Streator High School football field u 9:15 p.m. Fireworks at Streator High School football field

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AT LEFT: The 2018 Little Miss Sparkler Lillianna Liptak and Mr. Firecracker Jovantae Green are crowned during last year’s Streator Fourth of July activities at Northpoint Plaza. This year’s crowning will be at 5:45 p.m. Thursday.

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ach year on July 4, Americans celebrate the birth of their nation and independence from Great Britain. This day marks the anniversary of the presentation and acceptance of the Declaration of Independence, signed 242 years ago on July 4, 1776.

Another way to commemorate Independence Day is to educate oneself about the many historical and entertaining facts that surround the day. The following are some interesting details about the origins of Independence Day and the celebrations that surround it.

The Declaration of Independence began as a letter to Britain’s King George to explain why the Continental Congress was interested in declaring independence from Great Britain. The writing of the declaration began on July 2 and the final wording was established on July 4.

O Although 56 people

Independence Day is full of opportunities to celebrate and enjoy oneself. Parades, fireworks, parties, barbecues, and much more are part of the festivities.

eventually signed the Declaration of Independence, only John Hancock signed the document on July 4, 1776. The rest added their names later on. John Hancock’s signature is ornate and widely recognized. Putting your “John Hancock� on a document has become synonymous with the process of signing something.

O The Declaration of

Independence was adopted while the Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania Statehouse. That building is now known as

Independence Hall.

O The original 13 American

OThe average age of the

signers of the Declaration of Independence was 45. The youngest person to sign was Thomas Lynch, Jr., who was 27 when he signed the document. Benjamin Franklin, at age 70, was the oldest signee.

OJohn Adams and Thomas

Jefferson were the only signees who went on to serve as presidents. Coincidentally, Jefferson and Adams both died on July 4, 1826, within hours of each other.

O Philadelphia is the birth

place of much American history and is home to the Liberty Bell. Each Independence Day, the Liberty Bell is tapped (not rung, as the vibration would further damage the cracked bell) 13 times in honor of the original 13 American colonies.

colonies were located all along the eastern seaboard. They include Virgina, New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Maryland, Connecticut, Rhode Island, Delaware, North Carolina, South Carolina, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Georgia.

O The stars on the original

American flag were placed in a circle. This was so all of the colonies would be equally represented.

O Independence was gained

in 1776, and the first celebration took place in Philadelphia four days later. The White House held its first Independence Day festivities in 1801.

O The only copy of the

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Megapasses allow unlimited access to rides The Times Staff The carnival provided by D&J Amusements is back at Streator’s Northpoint Plaza. The carnival will be open 5 to 10 p.m. Thursday, June 27; 3 to 11 p.m. Friday, June 28; 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday, June 29; and 1 to 9 p.m. Sunday, June 30. A Megapass for $40 pre-sale allows folks unlimited access to carnival rides all four days of the festival. The megapass is $50 once the carnival opens. Wristbands are $25 for unlim-

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AT RIGHT: These three girls hang on the edge of the “Cliff Hanger” during the Streator’s 4th of July Celebration carnival last year.

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Leading the way will be the Grey Thunder Percherons of Mokena. The horses will be escorting the 2019 state qualifiers and winners for the Streator FFA Chapter and will serve as the grand marshal of the parade.

‘Gentle giants’ will lead Streator’s parade The Times Staff More than 60 participants are signed up for Streator’s Independence Day celebration parade. Leading the way will be the Grey Thunder Percherons. The horses will be escorting the 2019 state qualifiers and winners for the Streator FFA Chapter and will serve as the grand marshal of the parade. These gentle giants are

exhibited at county and state fairs all around the Midwest throughout the course of the summer and are owned by Duane, Beth and Josh Wilcox, of Mokena. The Streator High School marching band will perform in the parade and another marching band is possible. The parade is scheduled to begin at noon Sunday, June 30, in the city’s down-

town. The route begins at the train depot on Illinois Street, turns west down Main Street, then north on Park Street to the City Park. Lineup for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m. Entries will be accepted until noon Saturday, June 29. Entry forms can be downloaded at — contact Rob Tyne at for more information.

Ready, set, Run for Glory! 5K in City Park The Times Staff The 2019 Run for Glory 5K is scheduled to begin 8 a.m. Saturday, June 29, at the City Park. Check-in starts at 6:30 a.m. Entry is $20 on race day, $18 in advance. Awards will be given out to the top three finishers in each division, and overall male and female finishers. An award

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Competition open to 15 acts The Times Staff The fireworks display at the Streator High School football field is Streator 4th of July’s main show. But there’s a show before the show that’s definitely worth catching — or even participating in. The Red, White, Blue and You Talent Show, sponsored by 95.3 Jack FM, is scheduled

for 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, prior to the fireworks show. The competition features cash prizes of $300 for first place, $200 for second place and $100 for third place. The acts will be judged on a scale of 1 to 10 in four categories: audience response, stage appearance, originality and personality. Contestants also will receive a score on a scale of 1 to 20 for

overall performance. In the event of a tie, the act receiving the most number of 10s on their score sheet wins. If no 10s were awarded, the next highest score will be used to determine a winner. To sign up, visit The contest is open to the first 15 acts — either individuals or groups — to register. All contestants must check in by 6:30 p.m. July 3. For more information, call Kathy Missel at 815-434-6050, ext. 214, or email kmissel@

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Makenzie Thomas sings “Brand New Key” during the 2018 Red, White, Blue and You Talent Competition at the Streator High School football field. The Times | file

ABOVE: Junior dancers from Bianna Ninis Dance Studio perform a Michael Jackson hip hop dance medley during the 2018 Red, White, Blue and You Talent Competition preceding the fireworks at the Streator High School football field.

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