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Independence Day Concert and Celebration

July 4, 2023 @ 4:00 pm 10:00 pm

The tradition of celebrating Independence Day with live music followed by fireworks will continue on the south banks of the Kankakee River.

The fundraising event will include three live music performances. Kankakee Community College gates open at 4 PM and admission is $20 per carload. All proceeds benefit the KVSO. Food concessions will also be available beginning at 4 PM. Vendors will be Jimmy Jo’s BBQ, Martinez Tacos, Oberweis Ice Cream and Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra Concessions.

The schedule of the performances is shown below. The fireworks show will be approximately 25 minutes long. The KVSO symphony concert is underwritten by Riverside Medical Center. Illinois Arts Council, Kankakee Valley Park District, the City of Kankakee and KCC are also sponsors.

On the KCC grounds, picnicking is welcomed and indoor restrooms are available. Concertgoers are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets as no seating is provided. KCC’s grounds are handicapped accessible. Personal fireworks, including sparklers, are not permitted. Small tents and mini grills will be allowed in designated areas.

Originally known as the Society for Friends of Music, KVSO was established in 1967 for the purpose of experiencing the joy of music together. Today the KVSOA Board of Directors, the Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony, The KVSO Women’s Guild and the KVSO Foundation all make up the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association.


  • 4 PM – Gates open
  • 6 PM – Performance by the KVYSO
  • 7 PM – Performance by the Municipal Band
  • 8 PM – Performance by the KVSO
  • Fireworks at approximately 9:15 PM
  • $20 per carload, which includes free parking
100 College Drive
Kankakee, Illinois 60901 United States
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