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.
For more information, visit

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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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Registration now open for the Run for the Parks! Galena Kiwanis Spring Race!

Registration is open now for the Run for the Parks! Galena Kiwanis Spring Race!

The event will include a kid’s fun run; a 5-mile run; and a 10-mile run on Saturday, May 16.

To register, and for more information, click here.


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Caramel Apple Sundaes coming your way at Galena’s Country Fair!

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Ty Cocagne and Jay Dickerson man the booth at Country Fair. In the back of the booth are Theresa and Lew Riniker.

The Kiwanis Club of Galena will again offer caramel apple sundaes at the Galena Country Fair, Oct. 12-13.

In the Oct. 2, 2019 Galena Gazette, Kiwanis Club president Jay Dickerson talked about the importance of Country Fair. It benefits the club in many ways, providing funds for the two scholarships Kiwanis gives out every year.

“We’ve also replaced playground equipment in Galena, and we’re in the early stages of replacing the equipment at the Tot Lot. There are many other things we do in the community–a spring half marathon, the July 4 events and the Kiwanis peanut days. But our Country Fair efforts are organized by Theresa and Lew Riniker each year, and I don’t know what we’d do without them.”

Dickerson’s favorite memory from a past Country Fair was the year there was snow and no one seemed interested in ice cream sundaes.

“John Osmanski, Jr., and I came up with the idea of covering the popcorn with hot caramel sauce,” he said. “Now I need to have it every year.”

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Sign Up now for Galena’s 25th annual Independence Day Parade!

Register your parade entry now for the Kiwanis Club of Galena’s 25th annual July 4 Parade! The parade starts at 6 p.m., on Main Street at the corner of the DeSoto House.

Live music and food is available at the city hall parking lot beginning at 2:30 p.m. with Not Dead Yet. After the parade, Ten Gallon Hat takes the stage. Fireworks begin at dusk.

The events, food and fun are brought to you by the Kiwanis Club of Galena and the GOATS.

To register for the parade, just click: ParadeEntry2019

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The Kiwanis Club of Galena thanks our sponsors and supporters who helped make the River Trail Run on Saturday, May 18 a SUCCESS:

Illinois Bank and Trust
DeSoto House
Envision Tees
Big Apple Bagels
The Shoe Shack
Eagle Ridge Resort and Spa
First Community Bank of Galena
J3 Timing
Medical Associates*Mercy Galena and Elizabeth Clinics
Prairie Ridge of Galena
The Galena Gazette
Tri-State Porta Potty, Inc.
Tammy’s Piggly Wiggly
Journey Church
Mr. Richard Bagster-Collins donation in memory of his wife, Nancy
Mrs. Teresa Townsend donation in memory of her husband, George

Mark you calendar now for the 2020 River Trail Run!

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