Sauk Valley

The Sauk Valley celebrates the Fourth

Fireworks and more are planned around the Sauk Valley this Fourth of July holiday.

Thursday to Monday

Dixon: The Petunia Festival is back, with a carnival, car show, crafts, live ticketed concerts including Dixon’s own Gina Venier, fishing derby, parade, Brush & Bloom sidewalk chalk art event, Family Fun Night, paint party, pancake breakfast, tours of the Reagan Boyhood Home, Reagan Run, free Dixon Municipal Band patriotic concert, disc golf and volleyball tournaments, Nuts About Art show, 50/50 drawing, bingo and more. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Sunday near the Riverfront downtown. The carnival will wrap up Monday. Go to Facebook or petuniafestival.org and click on “Plan Your Visit” for all details.

Friday

Rock Falls: Food and business vendors open at 5 p.m. at RB&W Park on the Rock Falls Riverfront. The band Problem Child performs from 7 to 9 p.m., followed by the Sterling/Rock Falls Jaycees fireworks at dusk. Admission is free. It’s BYOB (no glass containers) as well as lawn chairs and blankets. Pets on a leash are welcome as long as they bring their conscientious owners for cleanups. Donations to help pay for next year’s show will be accepted. Go to visitrockfalls.com for more information.

Friday-Monday

Mt. Morris: Let Freedom Ring festival; car show, tractors and small engine show, craft and vendor show, bags tournament, silent auction, bake sale, costume contests, art show, live music including the Stingrays in a free show at 7 p.m Friday at the bandshell, watermelon-eating contest, kiddie parade, water fights, fly-in breakfast, firefighters’ breakfast, and fireworks at dusk Monday at the David L. Rahn school football field; schedule and more information at www.lfrmtmorris.com.

Sunday

Prophetstown: Fireworks begin at dusk Sunday at Prophetstown State Park; before that, there will be horseshoes, at 10 a.m., kids activities including a bounce house, rock throwing, and water fights from 2 to 6 p.m., bingo from 2 to 4 p.m., a duck race at 5 p.m. on Coon Creek an a a cookout at Shaw’s from 2 to 8 p.m.

Monday

Fulton: The Clinton, Iowa, fireworks display will be visible from School Park on 10th Avenue in Fulton after the Lumberkings game.

Have a Fourth of July event happening? Send all the details to news@saukvalley.com.

Kathleen Schultz

Kathleen A. Schultz

Kathleen Schultz is a Sterling native with 40 years of reporting and editing experience in Arizona, California, Montana and Illinois.