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ALTON - Alton Mayor David Goins described this Fourth of July Fireworks display and pre-festivities as “phenomenal,” and he said the best thing about the evening of July 3 was getting people back together as a group.

Prior to the fireworks, there were free inflatables for the kids, shaved ice, face painting, balloon artists, lawn games, and food and drinks. It was definitely a family affair in Downtown Alton on July 3.

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“It was good to see so many people in the crowd,” he said. “Also, it was good to see people socializing and families together. It was a really good time to get back out after not having the fireworks last year because of COVID-19, and overall, it felt more like a family reunion atmosphere this year.”

Goins said the Air Force Band performance was also excellent and that he heard a lot of positive feedback about St. Mary’s special Fourth of July gathering.

“I have to commend the Alton Amphitheater Commission on a great event,” he said. “The fireworks finale also was amazing.”

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Chris Rhodes also contributed to this story.

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