What are some of the things you are most looking forward to during the summer of 2015? There's a good chance that a few of those things will be taking place in July. From National Tom Sawyer Days to Mary Poppins, here is a look at some of the fun upcoming events in our region for the month of July.

  • National Tom Sawyer Days

    National Tom Sawyer Days will kick off the month in America's Hometown July 2-4. The event will feature all of the annual traditions that attendees expect, like the carnival, arts and crafts, the National Fence Painting Contest, Frog Jump Contest, Hannibal's Got Talent, the Hannibal Cannibal, parade, fireworks and Mississippi Mud Volleyball Tournament. Download the 2015 National Tom Sawyer Days booklet for more information and a complete schedule of events.

    Kurt Parsons
  • Jon Pardi Concert

    Capitol Records recording artist Jon Pardi will take the stage at Tanyard Gardens on Friday, July 3. Natalie Stovall and the Drive will open the show. Tickets are available online, or at County Market stores in Hannibal and Palmyra. General admission tickets are $20, VIP tickets (available exclusively online) are $45. Pardi is best known for the Top 10 country hit "Up All Night."

  • Mark Twain Lake Rodeo

  • Hannibal Cannibal

    2015 is a benchmark year for the Hannibal Cannibal, which will be celebrating its 20th anniversary! The 5/10/15K will take place the morning of Saturday, July 4. Why is it called the “Hannibal Cannibal”? Because all participants have to climb Lover’s Leap (the Cannibal). "It will eat you up!" Over the past three years the Hannibal Cannibal has averaged over 1900 participants from all around the world.

    Harold Smith
  • Mary Poppins

    Quincy Community Theatre's summer musical is one that theatergoers have been looking forward to for months. The cast includes over 40 local performers. Mary Poppins will be on stage July 16-19, and July 23-26. Tickets are on sale beginning June 22, and can be purchased online, or at the QCT office inside the Oakley Lindsay Center.

    Kurt Parsons
  • County Fairs

  • Fireworks

    It's hard to think about July without thinking about fireworks. During Fourth of July Weekend, you can see fireworks at the following places. July 3: Whispering Oaks Campground, Mendon, fireworks at dusk. Fireworks following 7 p.m. Quincy Gems game against Danville. July 4: Fireworks at dusk along the riverfront in Hannibal. Fireworks at dusk at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy. Fireworks at dusk at Bailey Park in Camp Point. Fireworks display at dusk at the Mark Twain Lake Rodeo.

    Additional chances to see fireworks in the coming weeks and months can be found here: Fireworks Shows in Quincy, Hannibal and Surrounding Area.