Staying in Mahomet for the Fourth of July makes for a fun-filled lazy day with family and friends.
A hometown parade full of tractors and candy kicks the day off right at 10 a.m. in Seymour. The Seymour Fourth of July Parade which started in 1975 with a Boy Scout troop and a fire engine has grown to include over 100 entries year after year.
The Seymour United Methodist Church then opens its lawn for yard games, including a watermelon eating contest, a cake walk and face painting until noon.
Activities run throughout the day in Seymour as the streets are flooded with antique cars, local car enthusiasts, music and food vendors from 12 to 5 p.m.
Funds raised from the auto show go back into the community through the Seymour Community Involvement Association who provides children with Christmas, Easter and Halloween gatherings.
Then at dusk the Seymour Fire Department hosts and up-close and personal firework show.
Gates of the Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve will open at 3 p.m. for guests to set up for a lazy afternoon prior to the firework show at dusk.
Lake paddle boats, food concession and some family activities will run throughout the afternoon hours.
After a tribute to servicemen and women, the Cornbelt Fire Department will “Light Up the Lake” with a spectacular fireworks display set to music.
Admission is $2.00 per person, with children five and under free.
In the event of rain, Freedom Fest will be rescheduled for July 5th.