It is with much regret, the Charleston 4th of July Committee voted to cancel concerts and activities related to Red, White and Blue Days – 2020

    JUNE 25

    7:30pm – Patriotic Concert
    Daum Amphitheater – Kiwanis Park
    Charleston Community Band


    Harold Hackett Memorial Bingo
  • Charleston VFW Banquet Room
    2:00pm – 5:00pm
    Come out for your chance to win prizes, gift certificates and cash!
    Snacks provided for a small fee


    3:00pm Vendors open
    3:00pm Games begin
    4:00pm – 7:00pm Joyful Bubbles








    With one of the biggest voices in Wisconsin, acoustic guitar in hand, and harmonica at her fingertips, Kelsey Miles delivers high-energy shows of blues, rock, soul, and a splash of country. She will take you on a musical celebration of the soul; where they’ll laugh, sing along, and dance the night away.
    8:00pm Farmer of the Year Award








    Fifteen-time GRAMMY® Award-winner Ricky Skaggs’ career is easily among the most significant in recent country music history. If Skaggs’ burgeoning trophy case full of awards wasn’t already enough evidence of that fact, consider that legendary guitarist Chet Atkins once credited Skaggs with “single-handedly saving country music.” His life’s path has taken him to various musical genres, from where it all began in bluegrass music, to striking out on new musical journeys, while still leaving his musical roots intact.

    Born July 18, 1954 in Cordell, Kentucky, Skaggs showed signs of future
    stardom at an early age, playing mandolin on stage with bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe at 6 and appearing on TV with Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs at 7. He emerged as a professional bluegrass musician in 1971, when he and his friend Keith Whitley were invited to join the legendary Ralph Stanley’s band the Clinch Mountain Boys.

    Skaggs then went on to record and perform with progressive bluegrass acts like the Country Gentlemen and J.D. Crowe & the New South, whose self-titled 1975 Rounder Records debut album was instantly recognized as a landmark bluegrass achievement. He then led Boone Creek, which also featured Dobro ace and fellow New South alumnus Jerry Douglas.

    But Skaggs turned to the more mainstream country music genre in the late ‘70s when he joined Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band, replacing Rodney Crowell. He became a recording artist in his own right in 1981 when his Epic label debut album Waitin’ for the Sun to Shine topped the country charts and yielded a pair of #1 hits. Overall, his productive stay at Epic Records would result in a total of 12 #1 hits. Additionally, he garnered eight Country Music Association Awards–including the coveted Entertainer of the Year trophy in 1985.

    Skaggs, of course, fit right in with young “new-traditionalist” ‘80s artists like Randy Travis, and helped rejuvenate the country music genre after the worn-out “Urban Cowboy” period. But, Skaggs put his own stamp on the country format by infusing his bluegrass and traditional country music roots into the contemporary Nashville sound.

    Skaggs’ 1997 album Bluegrass Rules!, released on his newly-formed Skaggs Family Records label, marked a triumphant return to bluegrass—which he’s solidified ever since with a series of GRAMMY® Award winning albums, recorded with his amazing bluegrass band, Kentucky Thunder (8-time winners of the IBMA ‘Instrumental Group of the Year’). Skaggs’ label has also served as a home for similar bluegrass and roots music-oriented artists including The Whites.

    In the past decade, he has been honored with inductions into the Gospel Music Association’s Gospel Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame. In 2018, a landmark year, Skaggs was also awarded membership into the National Fiddler Hall of Fame, the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and country music’s greatest honor, the Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Ricky struck his first chords on a mandolin over 50 years ago, and he continues to do his part to lead the recent roots revival in music. Clearly his passion for it puts him in the position to bring his lively, distinctively American form of music out of isolation and into the ears and hearts of audiences across the country and around the world. Ricky Skaggs is always forging ahead with cross-cultural, genre-bending musical ideas and inspirations.


July 4

    American Legion Pancake Breakfast, 6:00am-11:00am, Morton Park East Pavilion
    4 on the 4th
    4 mile Run/Walk Habitat for Humanity
    6:30am – Registration
    4 mile run on city streets – some rolling hills. 2 mile walk on city streets.
    AWARDS: Run – 1st Place overall – Male and Female Finishers
    Male – 1st and 2nd places           Female – 1st and 2nd places
    14 & under                                         14 & under
    15 – 19                                               15 – 19
    20 – 29                                               20 – 29
    30 – 39                                               30 – 39
    40 – 49                                               40 – 49
    50 – 59                                               50 – 59
    60 and over                                        60 and over
    Walk – 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Finishers
    9:00am – noon Chalk-In, Coles County Arts Council
    Pet Parade
    Sponsored by 4-H SPIN Club
    9:00am Registration
    9:30am Pet Parade steps off
    10:00am – Inflatables, Fire Hose Fun, Other activities begin and run throughout the day
    1:00pm – Parade
    2:15pm – Bell Ringing Ceremony






    A local favorite playing a variety of music genres.
    All Day – All You Can Eat Ice Cream – $2
    Fireworks – Dusk, Coles County Airport