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|Light up the Lake Freedom Fest|
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For safety reasons, personal fireworks (including sparklers) and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.
All boats (other than CCFPD rental boats) must be off the lake by 6pm.
Join us July 4th (rain date July 5th) for Freedom Fest at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet, Illinois. Food concessions and some family activities start at 3:00 p.m.; Music in Motion begins at 3:00 p.m.; and at 9:00 p.m., after a tribute to our service men and women, we LIGHT UP THE LAKE with a spectacular fireworks display set to music. Admission is $2.00 per person, with children five and under free. Expenses continue to increase, so additional contributions will be greatly appreciated.
In the event of rain, Freedom Fest will be rescheduled for July 5th. Unless we announce on this website or on our recorded message at 586-3360 that the event is canceled, it is still on.
The recommended viewing area for fireworks is next to Lake of the Woods Pavilion, near the Little Golden Gate Bridge. A number of people also sit on the peninsula on the other side of the Little Golden Gate Bridge. It is possible that the music will not be heard as easily on that side, although we do try, and the ground displays are not always visible from that area.
From 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., the main gate will be one-way for entering traffic only. If you want to exit during that time, you will need to leave the park via the Route 47 gate.
After the show, cars may exit from the main gate, peninsula gate or Route 47 gate. Please be patient. We will do our best to get you out of the preserve after the show in a timely, but safe manner. After the show, when exiting the main gate, cars in the right lane must turn right; cars in left lane must turn left and follow signs to Prairieview Rd.
Please observe the blocked off areas near the firing line. We cannot shoot fireworks if anyone unauthorized is in the fallout area. This is a safety factor and a legal requirement and must be followed.
Cracklin' Delight Sponsor
Roman Candle Sponsors
|F.E. Moran Security Solutions|
|Grace Christian Church|
|US Pro United Services|
|Micro Systems International|
|Robert W. Shafer DMD|
|Fisher National Bank|
|Gale L.Dale DDS|
|Mark N. Williams D.M.D.|
|Mahomet Ace Hardware|
|First Mid Illinois Bank & Trust|
|Champaign Sportsmans Club|
|Mahomet Chamber of Commerce|
|Peithmann Law Office|
|Midwest Commercial Coatings|
|Forest Preserve Friends Foundation|
|Valerie Woodruff DDS|
|Kirchner Building Centers|
|Michael Kessel, AAMS|
Bottle Rocket Sponsors
|Dig It of Champaign|
|Mahomet Small Engine|
|Burgwald Eye Center|
Groups Volunteering Services
Vineyard Church of Mahomet
Corbelt Fire Protection District
New Day Community Church
Casey's General Store
Chuck and Cathy Leonard
All About Animals Pet Clinic
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Beck's Concessions: Funnel Cakes, elephant ears, lemon shake up, pepsi products, frosted nuts
Flip Flops Shaved Ice: Shaved ice with your choice of 20 flavors to choose from!
Snack Wagon: Hand battered fried pickles with ranch, popcorn chicken with dipping sauce, mozzarella cheese sticks with marinara sauce, tater tots, fried brownies, fried Oreos
New Day Community Church: Popcorn, soda and water
New Day Community Church:Glow-in-the-dark items
Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve is located in Mahomet, Illinois, 10 miles west of Champaign-Urbana on I-74, exit #174 or #172. The physical address is 109 S. Lake of the Woods Rd., Mahomet, IL.