The Thursday night fireworks displays in Alton and Grafton are accomplishing the goal set out by organizers. Almost a month in to the schedule, the fireworks are shot off at dusk, bringing large crowds to each city, according to the head of the local tourism bureau.

Cory Jobe, President and CEO of the Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau tells The Big Z this has been a nice head-start to the weekends.

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The shows will be held every Thursday through September 9, with the exception of July 1 since that is so close to the Independence Day holiday and each city hosts its own firewoks extravaganza for the holiday. Many businesses have created special deals on Thursdays. You can find a list here: www.RiversandRoutes.com/Light-Up-The-Great-River-Road 

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