The Orion Fireworks Festival is scheduled for July 3

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For more than 20 years, the Orion Fireworks Festival has entertained spectators with an illuminated parade and fireworks display.

After missing 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2021 edition will take place on Saturday evening July 3. Spectators must bring lawn chairs for all events, including fireworks.

Events include:

• 5:30 to 9 p.m. Food vendors on the 13th Street side of the student parking lot at Orion High School.

• 6 pm to 8 pm Live music by Mo’s Garage on the lawn west of the high school.

• 8:45 pm The illuminated parade leaves the west end of the Orion Middle School parking lot to cross 12th Avenue directly to Eighth Street. After one block, the parade will turn right to head east on 11th Avenue. At the high school, the lighted entrances will take 13th Street one block to 12th Avenue. The parade will end at the college.

• After the parade, spectators will have time to reach the high school before the start of the fireworks display. Spectators will have access to the training ground east of the high school, but for safety reasons, spectators will not be able to use the Charger Field bleachers.

Parking will be available at Orion High School. Drivers are asked to obey no parking signs on the streets. A car park and viewing area accessible to people with reduced mobility will be made available.

The parade will be from 7:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. at the college. No one can throw candy from moving vehicles, but walkers can hand out candy.

Families, organizations and businesses can participate in the parade.

Cash prizes will be awarded, including $ 100 for the top winner and $ 50 for first place in each category, including business, Jeep, children’s driveway, farm driveway, recreational vehicle (golf cars, quads and ATVs) and general.

For more information on parade registration, call Deena Johnson at (309) 526-3366 or 781-1964. Entry forms, available on the Orion Fireworks Festival Facebook page, can be mailed to Deena Johnson, PO Box 664, Orion IL 61273.

Donations fund the festival. Cash and spare change can be left in containers at Orion IGA, Casey’s and other Orion companies. To donate to the festival through VENMO, search @orionfireworks.

The rainy date is Monday July 5th.

Although its activities are not part of the festival, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on 11th Avenue is hosting a pork chop dinner at 5 p.m. on July 3. The Orion Community Band will perform outside the church under the covered entrance to the east. Spectators are requested to bring garden chairs.

The church is on the path of the illuminated parade.

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