Happy Birthday Illinois!

Tiffany Garavaglia
Weekend, What's Happening

Illinois has been spending most of 2018 celebrating their 200th birthday with various events throughout the state. This weekend get ready for the grandest celebration of them all! Illinois Constitution Day is Sunday, August 26th and signature celebrations will be taking place statewide.

Check out these great events that will be taking place in ILLINOISouth as we celebrate everything that has been BORN, BUILT & GROWN in Illinois over the last 200 years.

East St. Louis Heritage Festival
Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center

The festival will have numerous exhibits, live entertainment with a tribute to Miles Davis by the Bosman Twins; demonstrations, photo booth, market place vendors, a Children’s Village, Church Row hosted by Sparkman’s Magazine; Champions Corner, hosted by Olympian Jackie Joyner-Kersee; an interactive legacy wall that allows people to designate where their family moved throughout the City hosted by I AM EST Magazine; and an opportunity to listen to the political soapbox with the NAACP.


Where Illinois Began
Randolph County Courthouse and Museum

The Liberty Bell of the West Chapter, Illinois State Organization NSDAR, will erect a monument in Chester, Illinois, to memorialize the history of Randolph County as “The place where Illinois began”. The monument will be located between the Randolph County Court House and the Randolph County Museum. The monument will be constructed of French Creek Black Granite Marble. This project has been approved by the Historian General National Society Daughters of the American Revolution. Please join the Daughters of the Liberty Bell of the West Chapter when we dedicate our Bicentennial memorial monument


Du Quoin State Fair Celebration
Du Quoin State Fairgrounds
1pm-3pm Cheesecake Celebration

Bicentennial activities will be taking place throughout the day at the fairgrounds that include:

  • Veteran’s Program featuring 200 Years of Illinois Military History
  • Historical re-enactor presentations
  • Illinois Office of Tourism Bicentennial Birthday Celebration featuring free Eli’s Cheesecake (while supplies last)
  • “Du Quoin State Fair Memories”: A look into the history of the Du Quoin State Fair with a panel discussion featuring members of the Hayes Family (the family who started the Du Quoin Fair).  WSIU’s Jak Tichenor will moderate and include rare archival footage and photographs of the fairgrounds.
  • Celebrating Illinois 200 Years of Amazing: Experience how it all began.   A garden party setting is the backdrop for a historical narrative that will introduce famous Illinoisans to party guests.  The honored Illinoisans will appear in character and will tell some of his/her own story.
  • Performance by Cheap Trick, a band Born, Built & Grown in Illinois.

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