Stockton Independence Day Celebration Planning Underway

STOCKTON (WIFR) -- Preparations are well underway for Stockton’s Independence Day Celebration in Memorial Park along US Highway 20. Each year, the festivities and fireworks display are scheduled for July 4th, with this year’s fireworks rain date being set for Saturday, July 6th.

The celebration begins in the park at 9am with returning events that include: Stockton Lion’s Famous BBQ Chicken Dinner, Northwest Illinois Car Show, 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament, Pearl City Lions Club Mobile Bingo, Stockton FFA Kiddie Tractor Pull, Baseball Tournament, Beer Tent , Presentation of Color’s by the American Legion, and over 50 arts, crafts and food booths.

For the past several years, the park activities have included live music. This year’s stage entertainment will host the bands, Ten Gallon Hat (1pm – 4pm) and Free Fall “classic rock” (6pm – 9pm).

Several new events are scheduled for the 2013 celebration, including a children’s bounce house, a dunk tank and a live auction (5pm). There will be no bidder charge for the auction, and all proceeds will go toward next year’s event. Dieken Auction Service of Warren will be donating their time and expertise to conduct the sale. The current sale bill is as follows:

GOLF PACKAGE (Bauer Insurance Agency)
ONE HOUR MASSAGE (Ten Starr Massage)
SPORTS PASS (Stockton School District)
GOLF PACKAGE (Apple Canyon Lake Golf Course),
TWO SHOW TICKETS (Timberlake Playhouse)
$100 GIFT CERTIFICATE (Stockton Shell)
FAMILY SKATE PAK (Skate Station)
HOMEMADE 60 x 80” FLAG QUILT (Massbach Ladies)
FAMILY BOWLING PAK (Stockton Bowling Lanes)
TWO CUBS TICKETS (anonymous)
PARTY SUB (Subway of Stockton)
4 CUBS TICKETS TO JULY 14TH GAME (Mick & Patti Arand/Kenwall Steel)
3 FRAMED WILDLIFE PHOTOS (Jeanette Muller Photography)
GIFT CERTIFICATE (Galena’s Kandy Kitchen)
SINGLE POOL PASS FOR 2013 SEASON (Stockton Park District)
GIFT BASKET (Special Touch Salon)
HOT AIR BALLOON RIDE FOR TWO (Stockton Cheese, Inc.)
TBA (Galena Cellars)
GOLF PACKAGE (Black Hawk Run Golf Course).

To donate an item or service to the auction, please call 815-858-5040 or email In comparing last year’s event to this year’s, entertainment coordinator, Amy Laske states, “2012’s event was better than expected. With the drought, Stockton was one of only a few communities that hosted Fireworks bringing out many new visitors to Stockton. This year we continue the tradition with the area’s oldest running fireworks display and have several new additions to the festival. A bounce house, dunk tank, and a live auction to benefit the 2014 fireworks will be added to the lineup. Visit our Facebook page at or our website for more information.”

On July 6th, there will also be a 5K/10K Run-Walk. For information on this, go to: .

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