Get ready to run!

The Kiwanis Club of Galena invites you to sign up for our annual Run for the Parks with proceeds benefitting the parks in our community. This year’s run will take place on April 30 on the Galena River Trail.

Those interested in signing up can find our race website at

The 10k and 5k both have a $45 entrance fee with a scheduled start time of 8:30 a.m.

The kids half-mile run will cost $12 per entrant with that run taking place at 8 a.m.

Individuals interested in donating to the race or being a race sponsor can contact Brandon Behlke at or Bernie Ferry at

We look forward to seeing you on April 30!

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THANK YOU to the donors who helped make the 26th Kiwanis Club of Galena Fourth of July celebration possible! Generous donations helped make the fireworks happen, and there were quite a few smiling faces in front of the Old Post Office for the music of 2nd Generation, and food served up by Kiwanis, The GOATS Bicycling Club and Salon 603.

See you at Country Fair!

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Stake out your spot NOW for the Galena July 4 fireworks!

This was the Galena Riverfront at 9 a.m. this morning. Food and music downtown today in front of the Old Post Office!

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Fireworks coming to Galena July 4

Stop by the Kiwanis Club of Galena booth and say “Hi!” to Libby and Joanne!

Planning your trip to Galena? On Sunday, July 4, there will be food vendors in front of the Old Post Office downtown Galena, beginning at 5 p.m. Also at Green Street Plaza, there will be live music.

Fireworks begin at dusk on the Galena riverfront. People usually have their spots staked out in the afternoon. A few even have blankets out that morning. Ah. Galena.

The parade will likely return in 2022, as the Main Street has been converted to allow for dining, which is awesome and you should check it out. Seriously, with all the pandemic cancellations from last year, we’re just happy to have the events we have. Please visit the shops and restaurants downtown.

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Claim your spot early on the levy!

Galena, Illinois is the place to go Sunday, July 4! Live music and food will welcome revelers downtown Galena, beginning at 6 p.m. on Green Street, in front of the old Post Office. Food and music are brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of Galena, and the GOATS bicycle club.

People begin staking out spots in the grass early to watch the fireworks, which begin at dusk. Seems like this paragraph should have more sentences, but it totally doesn’t.

There’s really not more to say, folks. I’m kind of writing this in a state of disbelief. 2020 put us through the ringer, and the Kiwanis Club of Galena cancelled or postponed a lot of stuff last year. It got disheartening. We had to wear masks as we presented our annual scholarships to the winners. We cancelled a fun run for the parks. We couldn’t run our Country Fair booth next to the Galena Elks. We’re still thinking about their fries.

Our July Fourth fireworks didn’t happen until December last year, like we’d forgotten how calendars worked or something.

Look, if you’ve been to Galena on the Fourth before, you know the drill. Food and music just off of Main Street by city hall, and then fireworks at dusk. There’s no parade this year, because there’s dining on Main Street. So, please, take advantage of that. Go into every shop, and make a purchase. We’ve got cool shops you can’t find anywhere else on this planet, and we’ve got the best downtown dining in the world.

Thank you for coming to Galena. And please, let’s just have fun on the Fourth!

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Fireworks in Galena on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m.!

GALENA–The Kiwanis Club of Galena and the Galena Downtown Business Association (GDBA) are teaming together to bring fireworks to Galena! At 6:30 p.m., on Saturday, Dec. 5, the sky above Grant Park will explode with fireworks. The annual “Fire in the Sky” event will be visible from anywhere in downtown Galena.

Because of the global pandemic, the July 4 fireworks were postponed and rescheduled, prompting the Kiwanis Club to partner with the GDBA to make this event a reality.

Officials ask that those who leave their vehicles to view the fireworks use commonsense mask practices and responsible social distancing. For more information, visit

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The Kiwanis Club of Galena’s annual July 4 fireworks are now set for Dec. 5.

Because of the challenges related to COVID-19, Kiwanis is partnering with the Galena Downtown Business Association (GDBA) to bring fireworks to Galena. The fireworks will launch from Grant Park in the evening. City officials recommend masks and social distancing for those who choose to view the display.

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Galena’s Sept. 6 fireworks postponed

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Galena’s fireworks—originally planned for Independence Day, and then moved to Sept. 6—are postponed again.
Citing dangerously dry weather conditions, the Galena Fire Department has recommended the fireworks planned for Sunday evening be rescheduled. A reschedule date has not yet been set, and depends on weather conditions, and availability of the fireworks company.

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From the 2019 Galena Independence Day fireworks display.


GALENA–Fireworks are coming to Galena.
The Independence Day fireworks are planned for Sunday, Sept. 6, at dusk. Because of the new location, fireworks should be visible from many key points throughout the city.
The Kiwanis Club of Galena partners with the Galena City Council to produce the fireworks every year. The change this year was because of the covid-19 uncertainty.
The Galena Police Department and Jo Daviess County Sheriff’s Office ask that motorists not stop on streets to watch the fireworks display, and those on the levee please practice responsible social distancing.
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Run for the Parks cancelled

Kiwanis_2942GALENA–The Kiwanis Club of Galena’s Run for the Parks event, planned for Saturday, May 16, is cancelled due to the uncertainty of the COVID-19 situation.

Race director Susan Sostak said, “Given the current circumstances with the ongoing, daily changes in the extent and spread of the Coronavirus, we are cancelling this race out of an abundance of caution to protect the health of our race participants. We hope you understand the necessity of this decision.”

The run raises funds for park equipment in Galena. The Kiwanis Club plans on refurbishing equipment at the Tot Lot on Ridge Street.

Race participants who already signed up for this year’s run will receive a special promotional code for next year’s run.

“At this time, we intend to hold the race in May on the same weekend in 2021,” said Sostak.

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