Following last summer's pandemic-caused delay, our area's annual explosions of July 3 return to Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park, LeClaire Park, and Rock Island's Schwiebert Riverfront Park when the Quad Cities hosts its Fourth of July celebration Red, White, & Boom!, the holiday event that delivers a spectacular fireworks display over the Mississippi River as well as live music, food and beverage vendors, special presentations, family programming, and more.

Delivering a blend of local history, environmental issues, education, entertainment, and fresh air, Davenport's River Action continues its series of outdoor presentations in the second month of the annual Channel Cat Talks and Riverine Walks, weekly programs that, from July 6 through 31, will address such topics as planned Mississippi River improvements, modern farm operations, and the history of Sylvan Island.

A celebration of the individuals and organizations that best represent the spirit of true river action in regard to our mighty Mississippi, River Action's Fish & Fire Friendraiser enters its 19th year with a June 25 event at Davenport's Modern Woodmen Park and the presentation of the 2020 and 2021 Eddy Awards – recognition for those who “go against the current” to provide outstanding, well-designed, and environmentally responsible riverfront activity and development.

Authors of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and more will share their talents and help strengthen the talents of others during the Midwest Writing Center's virtual David R. Collins Writers Conference, a June 24 through 26 celebration of the written word boasting workshops, readings, book pitches, and a keynote address by lauded author Allison Joseph.

An acclaimed author, public speaker, radio host, and former halfback for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Rocky Bleier takes the stage at Davenport's Rhythm City Casino Resort Event Center for the touring sensation The Play with Rocky Bleier, a special June 25 event in which the guest will take audiences from his early years through his professional career and talk about the lessons he learned along the way.

Delivered as part of the Davenport Public Library's virtual 3rd Thursday at Hoover's Presidential Library & Museum programming, the June 17 Zoom webinar Clearing the Static: Herbert Hoover & Early Radio Regulation will find professor Stephen Coon discussing the history of the medium and how regulatory decisions made by Herbert Hoover and others still affect today’s industry, present-day social-media platforms included.

Germanic history travels to “The Big Easy” in a virtual program on June 13 as Davenport's German American Heritage Center presents Germans in New Orleans: The 19th Century, a cultural exploration hosted by Caroline Huey, Associate Professor of Germanic Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

With the event held in conjunction with June being LGBTQ+ month, 400 years of progress for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, and queer individuals will be explored in the Davenport Public Library's June 10 program LGBTQ+ Resistance Throughout U.S. History, an informational and insightful presentation led by Dr. Caroline Radesky, a visiting assistant professor from the University of Iowa.

One of the most famous names in Quad Cities history will be brought to life in a fascinating virtual program hosted by Moline's Butterworth Center, with noted author, historian, and storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis, on June 10, delivering his one-man presentation John Deere: A Discussion of the History & Future of Farming under the guise of iconic area inventor John Deere himself.

June 19 marks the day in 1865 in which enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, were told by Union troops that they were free, and on June 15, the history and celebration of the subsequent holiday will be explored in Juneteenth: The Second U.S. Independence Day, a virtual presentation led by Ryan Saddler, CEO of the Friends of MLK, Inc.

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