EAST PEORIA – Tens of thousands of people lined riverfront downtown Friday evening.
They were all there celebrating Independence Day at the UnityPoint Health – Methodist | Proctor “Red, White, and Boom” event.
Organizers say they believe it may have been one of the largest crowds in history for the annual event.
They say sunny, comfortable weather may be to thank for that.
Some people began putting up tents and spreading out blankets before 11a.m. for the fireworks display that started at 9:30p.m.
Nicolas Corley, of East Peoria, said it’s well worth the wait.
“The last 30 seconds of the fireworks are worth sitting for eight hours out here,” claimed Corley.
Others say it’s a family tradition they look forward to every year.
“We used to watch them in Pekin,” explained Amber Sea.
Sea lives in North Pekin, but says the “Red, White, and Boom” show is unmatched.
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