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 5:00 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 $1.00 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, the Lake of the Woods Road bridge will be one way south only.

After the show, if exiting the Main Gate, cars in the right lane must turn right; cars in the left lane must turn left. If exiting the Tin Cup Road gate, cars in the right lane will be directed straight onto Tin Cup Road, and cars in the left lane will need to turn left and follow the signs around to Prairieview Road. Please be patient. We will do our best to get you out of the preserve after the show in a timely, but safe manner.

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.

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Grand Finale Sponsor
P & P Service Center
US105.9 and Sunny 95.3

Cracklin' Delight Sponsors
Schoonover Sewer Service, Inc.
Clodfleder Insurance Agency, Inc.
Village of Mahomet

Roman Candle Sponsors
Busey Bank
Galen L. Dale, DDS
Mahomet Ace Hardware
Parkhill/Candlewood Estates
Mahomet Chamber of Commerce
Valerie Woodruff DDS
Forest Preserve Friends Foundation
US Pro United Services
Champaign Telephone Company
New Hope Bethel Church
First Mid-Illinois Bank
Apollo Mart/ Shell  
Armetta Chiropractic
Filippo's Pizza
Reynold's Towing
Fisher National Bank
Walk Chiropractic & Acupuncture
Kirchner Building Center
Oak Street Salon
CS Photography & Graphics
Peithmann Law Office
Re/Max Realty
Doughbelly Subs
Champaign Sportsmen's Club
Dig It Of Champaign

Bottle Rocket Sponsors
KES Properties
Mahomet Insurance Centre, Inc.
Hen House
Mark N. Williams DMD

Sparkler Sponsors
Mahomet IGA
Sherman's Small Engine Repair
First Financial
Diamond Nails
Wild Birds and More Store

Groups Volunteering Services
Arrow Ambulance
Cornbelt Fire Department
Area Garbage
Boy Scouts
New Day Community Church
Teresa Brown
Barbeck Communications
Masonic Lodge
Open Road Paving Company
Wireless Mike
Chuck and Cathy Leonard
Wild Birds & More Store

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Ice Cream Express: Ice cream in homemade waffle cones, funnel cakes, corn dogs, giant breaded tenderloins and lemon shake-ups

Celestial Delights: Italian ice, nachos, pretzels, drinks

New Day Community Church: Popcorn, soda and water

Mahomet Area Youth Club: Tropical Sno shaved ice treats


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.