4th of July Getaway

June 4th, 2011

“Our stay at Heartland Lodge was a wonderful experience. The staff was pleasant and always willing to help us any way they could. The lodge is beautiful, the meals delicious, the bed incredbily comfortable and the July 4th hayride to see the fireworks from the bluffs (Along with the nearby herd of cows!) was the best!” Ed & Sue Moravec, Downers Grove IL

Harpole’s Heartland Lodge & Resort – Come spend the July 4th of July extended weekend with us!  The lodge is a perfect location for your July 4th getaway here in Illinois! There is plenty to do around the resort or take a day trip to one of the surrounding towns who will be having their own Fourth of July Celebrations.  Enjoy our famous evening hayride that stops and overlooks a scenic view of the Mississippi River Valley. From this view you will watch Pleasant Hill’s firework show. (One of the best in Illinois and the mid-west. On Monday July 4th) along with other firework shows on the horizon over looking the Mississippi River Bluffs in Missouri! This unique experience is one you will always remember!

* Pleasant Hill Illinois –Our neighbors in Pleasant Hill IL (10 minutes from the lodge) will have a parade and a lot of fun activities for everyone to enjoy on the 4th. Their firework show is one of the best you will ever see! This very nice rural town is what Rural America and the 4th of July Celebrations are all about. If you are from a larger city, you are in for a treat! Firework show will start at dark on Monday, July 4th.

*Pittsfield Illinois-(15 minutes from the lodge) On Sunday, July 3rd you can enjoy fireworks at the Jellystone Park. There is a $5 charge per car, but its well worth it!

* Hannibal Missouri 4th of July Celebration -Just a short drive from Heartland you can spend the day (or a few hours) enjoying National Tom Sawyer Days – A Hannibal tradition for over 50 years. The National Tom Sawyer Days focuses on family fun. Visitors can watch or join in many of the  activities, including the National Fence Painting Competition, the frog jumping competition, Tom and Becky Contest, Tomboy Sawyer competition, the Sam Clemens-Kiwanis Arts and Crafts show, Mississippi Mud Volleyball, stage entertainment, dancing, great food, and a spectacular 4th of July fireworks display over the Mighty Mississippi! For those of you who like fitness, Hannibal has its Hannibal Cannibal 5k & 10K run . One of the largest runs in the country. Fireworks will be at the river front on Monday the 4th of July.

* Louisiana Missouri 4th of July Blast! (20 minutes from the lodge) Louisiana is gearing up for the Fourth of July celebration, Live entertainment on the riverfront, games, food, contest and fireworks. Fireworks will be on Monday, July 4th. 

* Alton Illinois-(1 hour from the lodge) Alton will have their fireworks on Saturday, July 2nd at the Amphitheater, located at #1 Henry Street. Starting at 9:00pm

I look forward to seeing you on the 4th!

Gary Harpole

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