Business to “boom” with 4th of July festivities

LeClaire Park, in downtown Davenport, will be crawling with people Tuesday night not just from here, but from all across the Midwest.

They’ll be in town to enjoy not only the second-to-none fireworks show, but also the nightlife.

In between Firkin burgers and fish tacos, the lunch crowd at the Barrell House orders a few beers.

It’s something Brian Wales, who’s the General Manager of the restaurant/bar, hopes will reel in the late night customers this coming Fourth of July holiday.

“I’m expecting a big crowd for dinner and hopefully we’ll get a lot of people to come back when it’s done and enjoy the rest of the night with us because a lot of people have Wednesday off,” said Wales.

A big draw bringing more people into downtown Davenport this week is Red, White and Boom!

“If you loved Red, White and Boom! last year, you’re going to like it twice as much this year,” said Ken Cronken, Chairman of the event.  “We have doubled the fireworks, over a ton of explosives, about 2500 shells going into the air. It’s truly going to be spectacular.”

A bigger show likely means more visitors along the riverfront and not just from the immediate QCA, but also out-of-towners. 

“They need a place to stay, they need a place to eat and they need things to do,” said Joe Taylor, with the Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.

That means only good things for Quad City businesses like Barrell House.

“We hope it’s going to be great. We’re expecting it to be great. It’s a huge thing for Davenport’s riverfront.”

Economic development is at the heart of the show, which began in 2004 as a joint effort between Rock Island and Davenport to build up the area along the riverfront, called the River Vision Plan.

Another reason the fireworks show will be a blowout this year- the Rock Island Arsenal is celebrating its 150th anniversary.

All the fun starts Tuesday night at 6 p.m.

Fireworks are slated to begin at 9:30 p.m.

Check our complete list of area fireworks displays, and the exit plan for leaving LeClaire Park – click here.

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