Saturday, September 30th
12 pm to 7 pm

Back The Blue set to broaden its horizons in 2023

Welcome to the America's First Responders Fest website! Join us on Saturday, September 30th, at the picturesque Panton Mill Park along the Fox River in South Elgin for a tribute like no other. For the first time ever, we are not only honoring law enforcement but all first responders, including firefighters, veterans, and emergency and medical personnel.

Event Overview

In its third year running, the America's First Responders Fest is set to be bigger and better. This year, we're extending our gratitude to all the heroes who keep us safe, free, and healthy around the clock. Join us as we celebrate and honor the invaluable contribution of all first responders."We think it's time to take the next step and have a celebration for all essential workerswho keep us safe, keep us free, and keep us healthy, 24-hours a day, 7- days a week," said event organizer and Elgin Township Trustee Mark Bialek. "We will pay tribute to them on stage, and we will party with them in the park"

Why Attend

The festival promises a day full of learning, fun, and celebration. Not only will you get a chance to honor and interact with our brave first responders, but you'll also enjoy an array of exciting activities and attractions. From a classic car show to live bands, food trucks, and kids' activities - there's something for everyone!

Event Details

Date: Saturday, September 30th
Time: 12 pm to 7 pm
Location: Panton Mill Park, South Elgin, IL

Parking Information

1. Willard Elementary School, 370 W. Spring St.
2. Christ Community Church, 400 W. Spring St.
3. Hoffer Plastics, 500 N. Collins St.
4. Tredup's Automotive, 230 State St.
5. M.B. Sturgis Fittings, 201 N. Center Street
Street parking is also available in the surrounding neighborhood.


•Rapid Response 5k Run/Walk
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•Classic Car Show•
JP Car Shows brings you an array of classic beauties. Come, explore, and appreciate these vintage marvels.
•Live Bands•
Dance and sing along with some of the best local bands who will be performing live throughout the day.
•Food Trucks & Beverage Stands•
Enjoy a variety of food and beverages from local food trucks and stands.
•Kids' Activities•
Rest assured, your little ones will be well entertained with a host of activities designed just for them.
•Market Vendors•
Browse and shop from local vendors offering a variety of products.
•First Responders' Displays•
Learn about the work of our first responders through interactive displays of law enforcement and fire department vehicles and equipment.
•Honoring Ceremony•
Pay tribute to our first responders during the stage presentations where they will be recognized and honored.

Live Music

Deacon Frost 12:15pm

Rick Lindy and the Wild Ones

Red Delicious




America's First Responders Fest will be giving proceeds to the following organizations.

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