Published on June 29, 2012

Red, White & Boom Fireworks Display Twice As Big

Red, White & Boom organizers and Rock Island Arsenal officials will join forces this year to give the Quad Cities a bi-state celebration featuring one of the largest fireworks displays from Omaha to Chicago.

With double the fireworks, a salute to the 150th anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal and live music by the Navy band and the Spirit of the USO Band, the eighth annual Red, White & Boom promises to deliver plenty of patriotic family fun on July 3.

“With more than 2,400 shells weighing in at an impressive 2,550 pounds, this will easily be the largest fireworks display for Red White & Boom and also one the biggest displays throughout the Midwest up and down the Mississippi River,” said Ken Croken, Red White & Boom committee chairman and Genesis Vice President of Corp. Communications and Business Development. “We have a few fun surprises in store for the community, too.”

With Red, White & Boom scheduled for July 3, the AMVETS 4th of July Parade themed “Hooah! Quad Cities,” and the Rock Island Arsenal’s 150th Anniversary celebration coming up July 7, there is nearly a week of fireworks, music, food and remembrance.

“This is a kickoff to the celebration of the 150 years of service to America by the workers of the Rock Island Arsenal,” Croken added. “This year’s Red White & Boom is dedicated to them.”

Genesis Health System and the Riverboat Development Authority are hosting the event, which will open at 6 p.m. in LeClaire Park in Davenport and Schwiebert Park in Rock Island.

Both riverfronts will have live music, a USO Discovery Kids Tent, thank you notes for U.S. troops, food, beer gardens, and of course, the largest fireworks display on the Mississippi River beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The pyrotechnics will be set off from a barge in the middle of the Mississippi River.

“Fireworks are such an integral part of Independence Day, but in the wrong hands, they can cause lasting injuries,” Croken said. “The best way to avoid a trip to the Emergency Department is to leave fireworks displays to the professionals.

“This is Genesis’ way of helping to ensure this community comes together to celebrate Independence Day in the safest possible manner.”

Davenport and Rock Island will have ceremonies with a proclamation read by the Quad Cities mayors highlighting the 150th Anniversary of the Rock Island Arsenal and will end with a presentation of the Quad Cities Military Community Covenant to the commands of the Rock Island Arsenal.

The Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce also recently launched “Hooah! Quad Cities,” a military appreciation and community goodwill campaign that will be highlighted during Red White & Boom. The “Hooah! Quad Cities” website will serve as a resource for military members, veterans and military families. Civilians are also encouraged to use the site to find out how they can support soldiers.

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