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Fourth of July festivities moving to Illinois Veteran's Home

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Due to the rising Mississippi River, next week's Fourth of July celebrations will not be held on the Quincy riverfront.

The festivities will be moved to the grounds of the Illinois Veterans Home. Event organizers say with the current river crest predictions, they didn't want to take any chances and they've already had success with the move in the past.

The Fourth of July celebrations in 2011 were also held at the facility on North 12th Street.

"We were there for celebrating their 125th anniversary and it was a wonderful location," event organizer Carlos Fernandez said. "The lawn they have is just a great place to watch fireworks. And it turned out great and you get to see the veterans."

"And we're glad to be able to work with them, they've been super," Fernandez added.

The festivities kick off Thursday at 6 p.m. with a group reading of the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights followed by music, food and fireworks.

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