While the fireworks will fill the skies later in the evening, the event festivities begin at 5 p.m. and include a live concert with the Ryan Sims Band and entertainment, food eating contests, a cornhole tournament, family-friendly activities, water inflatables and slides and more. Food concessions and cold beer will also be available.
The Peoria Food Challenge, sponsored by Sonic, features three food eating contests that test contestants with drinking a Route 44 size Slush or eating three pounds of tator tots as fast as possible. In the hot dog eating contest contestants try to eat as many hot dogs as possible in 10 minutes.
The Cornhole Tournament begins at 5:30 p.m. and features teams of two competing for cash prizes. Early registration is required. Gates open at 5 p.m. Fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., weather permitting. Seating is on the plush lawn on a first-come, first-served basis.