The events have been going on for much of the past six months, but the big 175th anniversary celebration in Alton happens today. A full day of activities at or around the Amphitheater, including presentations highlighting Alton’s rich history, a wide variety of musical acts and the booming of fireworks are scheduled to honor the city’s 175th anniversary on Saturday, July 21.
History exhibitions will include dramatic presentations on Elijah Lovejoy and the 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln, and Robert Wadlow. Alton Mayor Tom Hoechst will open the ceremonies at 4pm with a brief welcome, and then he says he is looking forward to taking in the entertainment.
Other musical entertainment will include the Great Rivers Choral Society and the Glendale Riders, a country-rock band. The majestic Spirit of Peoria, a paddlewheel boat, will be offering several cruises. A fireworks display will start around 9:30, so motorists are reminded the clark bridge will be closed beginning at about 9:15, and remain closed until right after the grand finale sometime around 10:00. River traffic will also be halted during that time.