Rock Island Parks & Recreation


Downtown Davenport Partnership


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America's Birthday Party in the Quad Cities

Fireworks begin at  9:30 p.m.

July 3, 2019
FREE Admission

See the largest fireworks display in the Quad Cities shot from two barges in the middle of the Mississippi River. Tune into 97x radio station to hear the official Red, White and Boom soundtrack to the fireworks!


Viewing Areas

All of our prime viewing areas provide FREE space to view the fireworks over the Mighty Mississippi!   


Scheduled Events

Modern Woodmen Park

Modern Woodmen Park offers a flurry of activities inside the ball park! Including: bounce houses (1st Baseline Party Plaza), kids activities, live music, commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and a ton of entertainment. Stick around after the fireworks for some great music and some fun while let the traffic die down! 

  • As part of their regular Wednesday night hours, Freight House Farmer’s Market in Davenport will be open starting at 4 p.m.

  • 5:00p.m. -  Gates Open at Modern Woodmen Park with kids activities and music

  • 6:00p.m. -  Rude Punch will kick off the night

  • 6:30p.m. -  Mayoral address, Proclamation, a brief history of 1st Army

  • 7:45p.m. -  The 34th Army band, 42 Romeo

  • 9:30 p.m. -  Fireworks over the Mississippi River synced to music via 97X FM Radio

  • Immediately following the fireworks, Rude Punch will close out the night 

Rock Island Arsenal

The Rock Island Arsenal invites the Quad Cities to come on post and join us on the lawn of Historic Quarters One for a fun Independence Day celebration capped off with a great fireworks display over the Mississippi River.  There will be a kid’s activities zone which will include various bouncy house attractions and games and activities.  Take a stroll through and see all the cool rides at the car cruise in or just set up your blanket and chairs in the shade and enjoy some tasty food and beverage that will be available for purchase.


  • A kid’s activities zone with bouncy house attractions and games

  • Stroll through and see all the cool rides at the car cruise in

  • Tasty food and beverage available for purchase

  • 5-7 p.m. -  WLLR, 103.7 FM's own Pat Leuck doing a live broadcast

  • 9:30 p.m. -  Fireworks over the Mississippi River synced to music via 97X FM Radio

This event is open to the public and you'll simply need to show a valid, state issued ID for everyone in the car 16 and older at the gate.  Access to and egress from the Island will be available through both the Rock Island and Moline gates but please consider using the Moline gate as it will present the easiest access to the event site.  Directional signage will get you to the event parking areas.  Please remember that you'll be entering a Federal installation and our policies prohibit firearms, pets and glass bottles.  Call 309-782-5890 for more info.


Davenport CitiBus will be providing a free shuttle service to the R.I. Arsenal for Red, White & Boom. Pick up will be at the Harrison St. Parking Ramp at Harrison and 2nd St.


First shuttle pick up starts at 5 p.m. and shuttles leave every 30 minutes at the top and the bottom of the hour. Last pick up in Davenport will be at 9 p.m. Last Pick up at the Arsenal to come back to Davenport is 11pm.

All riders 16 years of age and older, must have a valid state or federal ID for access to the Arsenal.

Schwiebert Riverfront Park

The Schwiebert Riverfront Park Boat Docks will be open for boaters to enjoy during this year’s 2018 Red White and Boom event held in Downtown Rock Island on Tuesday, July 3rd. The docks, with 23 slips, will be available on a first come-first serve basis. For more info visit us:

  • 5:00 p.m. -  Schwiebert Riverfront Park opens with inflatables ($5 wrist band), children's activities, and food vendors. Bent River Brewing Company - Beer Garden opens on the Great Lawn

  • 5:00 p.m. -  Proclamation and Military Tribute

  • 5:15 p.m. -  Country Couch Potatoes open up on the Ellis Kell Stage

  • 6:30 p.m. -  Performance by Metropolitan Youth Program Drill Team of Rock Island

  • 7:00 p.m. -  Past Curfew: an 80’S tribute

  • 9:30 p.m. -  Fireworks over the Mississippi River synced to music via 97X FM Radio


Entrance Policy

Outside Cooler/Beverages/Food Policy


Modern Woodmen Park: 
Coolers, beverages, food, and pets are NOT allowed. Food and beverages will be available for purchase by vendors.  

Schwiebert Riverfront Park:
Food and beverages will be available for purchase through food vendors and a beer garden from Bent River will be set up. Coolers are allowed, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Coolers will be inspected on site. 

Red, White & Boom is presented by the Downtown Davenport Partnership (DDP), a division of Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce.  The DDP has obtained use of the Red, White, & Boom event area pursuant to a Special Event Permit issued by the City of Davenport. In the interest of maintaining a safe and enjoyable environment for all attendees, the DDP reserves the right to enforce the following rules during the festival:

  1. Coolers, food, beverages, and pets are prohibited from being brought in to Modern Woodmen Park. Food and beverages will be available for sale.

  2. In Schwiebert Riverfront Park and LeClaire Park- coolers, food, beverages, and pets are allowed, but no outside alcohol is permitted. Coolers may be inspected on site.

  3. No weapons are allowed on festival grounds.

  4. Purchasers of alcoholic beverages must be 21 years old under Iowa law. A valid I.D. is required. Wristbands will be only issued to those of legal age.

  5. Attendees shall not interfere with Red, White & Boom vendors, disrupt event entertainment, or disturb the peaceable conduct of the event activities.

  6. No roller-skates, roller blades, bicycles, or skateboards can be used inside the festival area.

  7. All purses and bags will be subject to a thorough search at the discretion of the Davenport Police Department.

  8. The DDP reserves the right to exclude or remove anyone from Red, White & Boom who does not comply with these rules.


Terry Lunardi

“To know Terry was to love him.” -Shirley Schmidt

There would be no Red White & Boom without the original vision of Terry Lunardi, the long-time Davenport restaurateur and community service leader who passed away in August, 2009.  It was at his insistence that families be treated to a free fireworks display shot over the Mississippi riverfront over eight years ago, and through his committee leadership, Red, White & Boom was born.  The event quickly became  the premier Independence Day celebration in the Quad-Cities.


Lunardi was involved in nearly every facet of community service from philanthropy, to simply to spending his daily time and energy improving the Quad-Cities first-hand.   To completely sum up Lunardi’s generosity in this short amount of space would be impossible; however, the following is a good window in to the number of lives he touched throughout our community with his huge smile and strong handshake.


Lunardi was an integral volunteer for The Handicapped Development Center, DavenportOne, Davenport Community Schools, Junior Achievement, Scott County Family YMCA, the Riverboat Development Authority, St. Ambrose University, Rotary Club, and countless other community organizations. Terry also helped launched the KLJG radio station at Garfield Elementary and was a critical leader in bringing Woodfire Grill to downtown Davenport.  Terry managed to work all of this in while running his popular Lunardi’s Italian Restaurant, and his Rock Island based business, Sports Avenue.


Lunardi was named the 2004 Family-Owned Small Business Champion of the Year for Iowa, the 2003 Volunteer of the Year for DavenportOne, the U.S. Department of Education Business Partner of the Year, and the Rotary Foundation Paul Harris Fellow.  In 2009, the Iowa Quad Cities Chamber of Commerce created the Terry Lunardi Community Leader Award in his honor.


This highlight reel of accomplishments barely scratches the surface regarding the full impact Terry Lunardi made on our community, but we’re happy to help share at least a little of his life story.  We are proud to commemorate Red, White & Boom as a lasting reminder to his legacy of selflessness, generosity, and community service.  To know Terry truly was to love him, and we look forward to celebrating his legacy with you as the fireworks light up the sky over the Mighty Mississippi.

Red, White and Boom! Quad Cities