Today is July 1, 2015 - Marion, IL 62959
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Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
Buck Moon | 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
Dog Days of Summer | 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
Bluegill Music Festival | 10:00am - 0:05am | Arts and Entertainment-
ELI YOUNG BAND TO HEADLINE FIRST EVER BLUEGILL MUSIC FESTIVAL IN SOUTHERN ILLINOIS
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 http://www.bluegillfest.com 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)
Cadillac Jones Band
Dave Clark Band
Eli Young Band
Mocking Bird Hill
Old Salt Union
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 http://www.bluegillfest.com 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 http://www.bluegillfest.comRend Lake Dam
10833 Rend Lake Dam Road Benton, IL 62812 Benton IL 62812
Fourth of July - Declaration of Independence | 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.
Anniversary: Declaration of Independence Approval and Signing | All Day | NATL - Historical- On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress.
Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
Father-Daughter Take a Walk Together Day | 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
US Women's Open Championsip | 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
Major League Baseball All-Star Game | All Day | NATL - Sports and Entertainment- 86th MLB All-Star Game at Great American Ball Park, 7:30 p.m. ET
Wednesday, July 15th, 2015
Moon Phase: New Moon | NATL - Moon Phases- Moon enters New Moon phase at 9:24 PM EDT
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Apollo 11 Anniversary: Man Sent to the Moon | All Day | NATL - Historical- On July 16, 1969 Apollo 11's launch resulted in man's first moon landing, the first landing on any extraterrestrial body.
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