May 27, 2022

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Post 199 welcomes the return of Fourth of July fireworks

EDWARDSVILLE — If you’re searching for one more indication that items are eventually beginning to return to usual, Edwardsville American Legion Post 199 and the metropolis of Edwardsville supplied one this 7 days.

The city is partnering with Publish 199 to place on its annual Fourth of July firework show, which is set to acquire spot from 2 to 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 3. This year’s occasion will return to the American Legion Submit, which is positioned at 58 S. Point out Road 157, throughout from Woodland Elementary College.

The return of the celebration to the American Legion is welcome information for Ron Swaim, incoming commander of Publish 199, after previous year’s celebration was moved to the Edwardsville Large College campus, where by men and women could socially length and appreciate the display.

“We’re tickled to have the celebration back again at the Legion in which it belongs,” Swaim explained. “The town stated that as extensive as matters are back again to ordinary, we’ll usually have it in this article to celebrate our country’s birthday.

“Everything is again to our typical format or as close as we can get it. I would like to thank the metropolis of Edwardsville for their time and energy and for giving the fireworks.”

The Scott Air Drive Foundation Band, Starlifter, will officially kick off the function at 2 p.m. and will enjoy right up until 5 p.m., but Swaim expects persons to commence arriving by 1 p.m.

The Edwardsville Neighborhood Band will take the phase at 7:30 p.m. and participate in right up until close to 9 p.m., when the fireworks start off.

Animals and coolers are not allowed on the grounds.

“We’ll have foods available for anyone, together with hot dogs, hamburgers, pulled pork sandwiches and chips, as nicely as beverages,” Swaim reported. “There will also be snow cones for the kid and frozen slushies for the older people.

“We’re likely to have busses shuttle persons from the Lincoln Middle Faculty parking great deal, and it will continue to keep creating the loop throughout the working day and into the night.”

At 5 p.m., the Edwardsville Police will partly block off Point out Highway 157, and only pedestrian targeted traffic and the shuttle busses will be authorized to go up the hill to the Legion.

Whilst Swaim was delighted to salvage some thing out of past year’s Fourth of July celebration with the socially distanced festivities at EHS, he expects this 12 months to mark a return to the massive crowds of the earlier.

“In quite a few years we’ve had 5,000 to 6,000 persons,” Swaim claimed. “A fantastic reference position is our 100th-anniversary celebration in September 2019, where by we experienced fireworks that evening, and we experienced 3,000 to 5,000 people.

“Everybody has been cooped up for virtually a calendar year and a half, so I invite them to arrive out and sit on the hill and view the fireworks.”

This is the 11th 12 months that the metropolis has been ready to provide fireworks for the yearly Fourth of July display.