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Today is July 1, 2015 - Marion, IL 62959  

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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Called the buck moon by Native American tribes of New England and the Great Lakes because at this time of year the new antlers of buck deer begin to appear. Also called Thunder Moon, for summer thunderstorms. The July full moon.

Friday, July 3rd, 2015

  • | All Day | NATL - Seasonal
    - From July 3rd to August 11st, Dog Days is the name for the most sultry period of summer. These are the hottest days of the year in the Northern Hemisphere.

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

  • | 10:00am - 0:05am | Arts and Entertainment


    Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson, Eli Tellor, Murphy 500 and Many More to Perform This Summer at the Rend Lake Dam on the 4th of July

    MARCH 16, 2015- Bluegill Music Festival (BMF) will launch its inaugural event on July 4, 2015 for a one-day festival packed with some of country music's hottest acts. The all-day festival will be complete with Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display, along the shores of the Rend Lake Dam, in Benton, IL. The lineup includes Eli Young Band, LoCash, Clayton Anderson and more exciting acts to be announced. Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased at and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson.

    Drawing fans from around the country, including Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana, the festival is at the intersection of some of the nation's most dedicated country music fans. BMF will feature nationally recognized BBQ vendors from around the country. Interactive entertainment for fans will also include activations, like: bags, washers, bubble soccer, Illinois longest slip n' slide, helicopter rides from Black Diamond Harley Davidson, a mechanical bull, a kids area with a large inflatable slide and the "Bluegill Lagoon", featuring a 60'x100' VIP beach, with cabanas, private wading pools & lounge area. Additionally, Southern Illinois' largest fireworks display will begin at 9:30pm, and is free for all guests.

    BMF founder, Andrew "Finnigan" Hart, hails from Benton, IL where he started his radio career at the age of 14 at Q106.3. Andrew is currently the Evening Host, weekdays, 7pm-midnight, on 101.9 The Mix, in Chicago. "I've always had a passion for live music and I really wanted to find a way to give back to the community that has supported me throughout my career," said Hart.

    As in previous years, the fireworks show and access to the North Grounds (Map on BMF website) will be free to the public from 11:00am-12 midnight. The free area in the North Grounds will include food and beverage for purchase, free live music, a kids zone, and other fun activities for all ages.

    FULL LINE UP: (More to be announced)
    Athena Perez
    Cadillac Jones Band
    Clayton Anderson
    Dave Clark Band
    Eli Tellor
    Eli Young Band
    Hertlyn Rae
    Mocking Bird Hill
    Mockingbird Sun
    Murphy 500
    Old Salt Union
    Taylor Kearney
    The Bankesters
    We Got it Covered

    DATE: Saturday, July 4, 2015

    TIME: All Parking Lots open at 10:00am, Gates open at 10:30am, Music begins at 11:00am and the festival concludes at 12-midnight. Parking lot maps are located on the BMF website.

    LOCATION: Rend Lake Dam
    10833 Rend Lake Dam Road
    Benton, IL 62812

    TICKETS: Tickets can be purchased online at and at Black Diamond Harley Davidson, located at 2400 Williamson County Pkwy, Marion, IL 62959.

    COST: $20 for the first 3 days, starting March 20th (ends: March 22nd at midnight).
    March 23-July 3: Tickets will be $30
    July 4th (Day Of): $40
    VIP Tickets and Packages are available on the BMF website.
    Admission is free for children six and under.

    INFO: Find more info at
    Rend Lake Dam
    10833 Rend Lake Dam Road Benton, IL 62812 Benton IL 62812
  • | NATL - National Holidays, July 4, America's Birthday, Patriotic
    - On this date in 1776 the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress. Customarily celebrated across America with parades, festivals and fireworks.
  • - On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

  • | All Day | NATL - Public Interest
    - Annually July 7th is a special time in the summer for fathers and daughters of all ages to spend time together in the beautiful weather.

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

  • | NATL - Sports and Entertainment
    - July 6-12, 2015

    The 2015 U.S Women's Open will be held at Lancaster Country Club in Lancaster, PA.

Tuesday, July 14th, 2015

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

  • | NATL - Moon Phases
    - Moon enters New Moon phase at 9:24 PM EDT

Thursday, July 16th, 2015

Sunday, July 19th, 2015

  • | All Day | NATL - Seasonal
    - To promote America's favorite dessert, ice cream, on "Sundae Sunday". Annually, the third Sunday in July.

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