Weekly fireworks will light up Mississippi River near St. Louis all summer

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ALTON, Ill. (KMOX) - Get ready for some bright nights throughout the summer along the Mississippi River.

The Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau of Southwest Illinois announced a new series of fireworks shows that will take place every Thursday night at 9 p.m. from June 3 to Sept. 9. The fireworks will erupt over Grafton and Alton all summer.

Businesses in both towns are being encouraged to host special viewing parties and offer deals on Thursday nights to help bring more in more tourists and travelers.

“Alton and Grafton both do very well on weekends. What we need to do is let people know we are here during the week too. People can plan a visit to our region through the week and enjoy the same dining experiences, outdoor activities and all of our great attractions without a lot of crowds. It’s the perfect road trip destination,” says President and CEO Great Rivers & Routes, Cory Jobe, according to RiverBender.com.

The weekly concert series, Alton Night Market and Grafton Music in the Park, will also be held on Thursday nights leading up to the fireworks displays.

The Alton fireworks will launch on the city’s riverfront from Landmarks and Henry Streets' parking lot and the Grafton show will launch from Grafton Lighthouse Park, reports RiverBender.

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