Streator's 4th of July Celebration will once again bring nationally-recognized musical acts to perform on the Northpoint stage.
Rock band Buckcherry, hard rock band L.A. Guns and country musician Joe Nichols will headline three nights in a row of music at Northpoint Plaza, beginning Thursday, July 9. A fourth act is to be announced for Sunday, July 12.
"All of the bands you see on stage will be highly polished, quality musical acts," said Randy Dominic. "We really want to give people an opportunity to see music they can't normally see in this region."
Last year's celebration drew more than 10,000 people to the four-day festival at Northpoint Plaza — by far its largest gathering with headline acts, such as Puddle of Mudd, Jackyl, Jerrod Niemann and Saliva.
This is the committee's 34th Independence Day celebration and it will be its fifth with activities at Northpoint Plaza. The committee is all volunteers.
The Streator Fourth of July Celebration is funded by donations, sponsors and a series of fundraisers and raffles put on throughout the year.
"Bringing in national music acts is expensive, not discounting the cost of production, stage lighting, sound, video; we rely heavily on the fundraising we do through the year," Dominic said.
The celebration will kick off with a boom, literally, as one of the area's largest fireworks displays will be staged Friday, July 3, at the STHS Athletics Field.
The celebration spanning two weekends also will feature a 5k run, parade, carnival and kids corner, among other activities.
The musical entertainment will start off with some high energy as L.A. Guns with Enuff Z'nuff, a glam metal band from Blue Island known for appearances on MTV and David Letterman, will headline Thursday's acts.
L.A. Guns, the sunset strip hair band, with Phil Lewis and Tracii Guns have released 11 studio albums in three decades, including "Cocked & Loaded" (1989), "Hollywood Vampires" (1991) and "The Missing Peace" (2017), the highest selling release for Frontiers Music in 2017. Their albums have reached the top 100 on hard rock and metal music lists.
L.A. Guns is known in musical circles as the band Axl Rose was in before starting Guns and Roses.
Streator's own 80s Bush will round out Thursday's night of heavy rock.
Taking the stage the next night will be multi-platinum, country musician Joe Nichols, who has six No. 1 hits and eight Top 10 singles to his credit, including "Brokenheartsville," "Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off," and "Gimmie that Girl." The four-time Grammy nominee is the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s “Top New Male Vocalist” award, the CMT “Breakthrough Video of the Year” award and the “Horizon Award” from the Country Music Association.
TBA Support and Breaking Storm will also take the stage Friday.
Saturday night will bring 2000s rockers Buckcherry to the main stage with Adelitas Way, an alternative rock band from Las Vegas with the single "Invincible" that brought them into mainstream.
Buckcherry released two albums, "Buckcherry" (1999) and "Time Bomb" (2001), before dissolving in the summer of 2002. In 2005, lead vocalist Josh Todd and lead guitarist Keith Nelson reformed Buckcherry and released a new album in 2006 "15." It contained Buckcherry's biggest crossover hit to date, "Crazy Bitch," and their first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 hit "Sorry."
Bloomington's Burden of the Sky also are performing Saturday, with one of their guitarists, Josh Appel, being a Streator native. Rogersville, Mo. father-daughter band Paralandra also will take the stage, with a sound reminiscent of Halestorm or Evanescence.
The celebration at Northpoint isn't all music.
The night of the fireworks: opening ceremonies will take place before the traditional crowning of Miss Sparkler and Mr. Firecracker, followed by the Red, White, Blue and You Talent Competition.
The Run for Glory 5K and kids parade are scheduled Saturday, July 4, at City Park and the parade will take route downtown Sunday, July 5, along with an ice cream social at City Park.
Alongside the musical entertainment Thursday, July 9, through Saturday, July 11, at Northpoint Plaza, there will be a carnival as well as food and beverage vendors.
The week of events closes Sunday, July 12, with a bags tournament, the Liberty Dollars Drawing (formerly known as Auto Lotto), and another yet-to-be-announced performer.
"I really can't stress how much we rely on the sales of the VIP passes to fund the next year's bands," Dominic said. "The nice thing about the VIP section is you get a VIP only bathroom and beer tent with no lines. Plus, you get to be closer to the bands. For $20, why wouldn't you do that? It just makes sense to me."
VIP tickets, Liberty Dollars Drawing and raffle tickets can be purchased online at streatorsfourth.org this year as well.
"We're a 501(C)3 organization that doesn't have any paid staff," Dominic said. "We're all volunteers and every dollar we make goes right back into the celebration."