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Celebrate Freedom in Champaign/Urbana!

by Rose Price

Celebrate Independence Day throughout the Champaign/Urbana area! It is time to show off your patriotic pride as we celebrate our nation’s founding and the freedoms that we enjoy everyday as citizens of this great country! There are too many fun activities planned for this 4th of July weekend for us to list them all! But, there are 2 annual community festivals that cannot be missed!  Head to Rantoul and Champaign this holiday to have the ultimate patriotic fun!

 

RANTOUL

Rantoul Freedom Celebration

When: Thursday, June 29th - Tuesday, July 4th

Where: Throughout Rantoul

Rantoul offers a full weekend of activities to celebrate Independence Day. Enjoy a carnival in Wabash Park from Thursday through Saturday. Check out a car show on Saturday and Monster Truck Show on Sunday. The following day bring the family for more fun at the Rantoul National Aviation Center. Watch the excitement of monster trucks or participate in the 5K. There will also be food, live music, inflatables, firework display, and many more activities available all day. Wind down the holiday weekend on Tuesday with a delicious pancake breakfast sponsored by the Rotary from 7:00 am until 11:00 am. The 4th of July parade begins at 9:40 am so be sure to claim your spot to watch all the fun!

 

CHAMPAIGN

Champaign County Freedom Celebration

When: Tuesday, July 4th | 11:05 am (Parade) | 7:00 pm (Evening Program)

Where: Downtown Champaign

This amazing annual event has something for everyone to celebrate Independence Day. Start the day off participating in the Youth Run or 5K Race/Walk which takes participants along the parade route. After being active in the morning, find your spot along the parade route. The parade starts at 11:05 am and will feature great patriotic bands, live music, and much more. Finish off your celebration at the evening program which starts at 7:00 pm and will be located along Kirby Avenue. The festivities include musical entertainment, kids activities, and a great fireworks display at the end of the night.  

 

 

Champaign Rose wishes you and your family a very happy and safe Independence Day!

 

Explore Campustown During 13 Thursdays!

by Rose Price

College students might have left Champaign/Urbana for the summer but Campustown is still the place to be!! All summer long the Champaign Center Partnership is presenting 13 Thursdays! Find incredible deals and discounts at your favorite Campustown restaurants and retail businesses every Thursday between May 25th and August 17th. Enjoy the opportunity to explore Campustown this summer to avoid the hustle and bustle that occurs during the school year.

 

Participating businesses include:

Apricot Lane Boutique | 622 East Green Street

Auntie Anne's | 1401 West Green Street  

Azzip Pizza | 505 East Green Street

Einstein Bros. Bagels | 1401 West Green Street  

Fat City Bar and Grill | 505 South Chestnut Street

Firehaus | 708 South 6th Street  

Gameday Spirit | 519 East Green Street

The Hub | 601 South 1st Street

Illini Eye Care | 518 East Green Street

The Illini Shop | 707 South 6th Street  

Illini Union Bookstore | 809 South Wright Street

Illini Union Tech Zone | 1401 West Green Street  

Latea Bubble Tea Lounge | 601 South 6th Street #105

Legends | 522 East Green Street

Murphy's Pub | 604 East Green Street

Qdoba Mexican Grill | 1401 West Green Street  

Ragstock | 627 South Wright Street

Seoul Taco | 608 South 6th Street

 

Receive 1 hour validated parking at the Campus Center Public Parking Deck (509 East Healey Street) when you patronize any of the aforementioned businesses.

 

Mark your calendars for special 13 Thursdays events:

June 29th - Campus Takeover! Pub Crawl

August 17th - Sidewalk Sale!

 

Champaign Rose hopes everyone enjoys their summer in Campustown and throughout Champaign/Urbana!  

It's time to celebrate dad in Champaign/Urbana. Looking for something truly unique to do this Father's Day weekend? Beyond taking your dad to out to eat at one of his favorite local spots, check out one of these fun fantastic community events for a Father's Day celebration he will never forget!

 

 

Father's Day Weekend at Monticello Railway

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 4:00 pm

Location: Monticello Railway Museum (992 Iron Horse Place, Monticello)

Hop aboard a vintage train with the family this weekend in Monticello. Each ride runs approximately 1 hour. You may board at the main Museum site (Nelson Crossing) or downtown Monticello (Wabash Depot). After the ride, check out all the fun train exhibits in the museum. The best part? Dads ride FREE this weekend with the purchase on a paid fare!

 

Indiana Jones & The Last Crusade

Dates: Saturday, June 17th & Sunday, June 18th

Times: 11:30 am (Saturday & Sunday), 10:00 pm (Saturday)

Location: The Art Theater Co-op (126 West Church Street, Champaign)

Watch Indiana Jones on a great adventure with his own father during the special Father’s Day screenings of this Steven Spielberg film. Bring your dad and snack on some yummy popcorn during this fun movie.

 

Sholem Father's Day Celebration

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm

Location: Sholem Aquatic Center (2205 Sangamon Drive)

Enjoy a fun filled day at the pool! Along with all the regular water attractions at the center, this day will feature a “Hop & Flop Daddy Drop” cannonball contest, “Draw your Dad” picture contest, and half priced rootbeer floats! Dads get in FREE with one paid child admission.

 

Sounds at Sunset Concert Series

Date: Sunday, June 18th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Toalson Park (502 Bardeen Lane, Champaign)

Celebrate dad in beautiful Toalson Park with a fantastic performance by Katie Flynn! This great jazz singer hails from Champaign. Pack a picnic with all of dad’s favorite food and beverages and enjoy a relaxing evening with live music.

 

Champaign Rose wishes all the fathers in the Champaign/Urbana area a very happy Father's Day!

Great Champaign-Urbana Community Events All Weekend Long!

by Rose Price

Champaign/Urbana residents can enjoy a weekend filled with fun activities! Enjoy the summer weather and all the talent that our area has to offer at fantastic community events this Friday and Saturday! Whether you are looking for great live music, some recreational fun, or a sampling of delicious food and beverages, you will find the perfect event to attend this weekend!

 

Friday Night Live!

Date: Friday, June 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Downtown Champaign

Come to the first of this year’s Friday Night Live! in Champaign. Enjoy a wide variety of live music throughout the downtown area. Whether you love folk, blues, pop, rock, or jazz, you will find a band to dance the evening away to this Friday. The concerts will take place at the intersections of Walnut & Chester, Neil & Park, and Neil & Church (One Main Plaza).

 

Meadowbrook Full Moon Night Hike

Date: Friday, June 9th

Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Location: Meadowbrook Park (520 County Road 1400 North, Urbana)

Get active this Friday evening during this fun moonlight bike ride. The 22 mile round trip ride will follow low traffic country roads between the park and Sidney Dairy Barn for an ice cream social. Lights are required to participate.

 

Uncork Urbana Wine Festival

Date: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Location: Meadowbrook Park (520 County Road 1400 North, Urbana)

Head to the park for the most delicious wines that Illinois has to offer. There will also be delicious food from your favorite local chefs and great live music. Tickets are $15 per person (ages 21+) and $5 per person (ages 6-20). Children 5 and under are FREE. Purchase tickets in advance HERE or on the day of!

 

StreetFest

Date: Saturday, June 10th

Time: 7:00 pm - 12:00 am

Location: Downtown Champaign

The intersection of Neil Street & Main Street will be filled with music this Saturday night by Mank N’ Sass, Church Booty, and Davina and the Vagabonds. Stop by your favorite downtown spots for food and drinks as you listen to these great Champaign-Urbana bands.

 

 

Champaign Rose cannot wait to see you this weekend throughout Champaign-Urbana!

 

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