As many of you know, for the past couple of years I have campaigned to have the City of Quincy's Fourth of July Fireworks display return to the Quincy Riverfront.  It will happen this year.  At the risk of sounding like I should take credit for this decision, I really can’t. It is returning, not because I want it to, but because this year marks the 25th anniversary of the great Flood of 1993. I am assuming that it will return to the Illinois Veteran’s Home in 2019 where it has been held for the past several years.

At the risk of people telling me I should “Give it up, Jeff”, I still feel it belongs on the riverfront full time. While I can appreciate the idea of “saluting our veterans” by holding it the beautiful grounds at the Vet’s Home, Independence Day is all about celebrating our Nation’s heritage in breaking away from England and gaining our independence. The same holds true for Quincy celebrating its heritage as well.

Quincy’s heritage is all about the Mississippi River so why not hold it there permanently. The City of Quincy recently supported a city plan that includes more development and usage of the riverfront and I can’t think of a better place to hold the fireworks.

So on July 4th, enjoy the fireworks over the beautiful river, bridges and river in hopes it will return there next year as well.