May 4th in Mt. Vernon!


April showers bring May flowers. May is rolling into Mt. Vernon with more events than ever! Plan a bustling spring weekend in Mt. Vernon. Read on to discover several genres of events happening on Saturday, May 4th.



Market Days

8 a.m.- 2 p.m.

Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


The 2019 Mt. Vernon Market Days season will kick off on Saturday May 4th from 8 a.m.- 2 p.m. at Veteran’s Park. Market Days occur on the first Saturday of each month between May and September. Come shop at Mt. Vernon’s very own flea market and vendor fair. A variety of vendors sell items such as jewelry, hair bows, sports collectibles, kettle corn, plants, toys, home décor, lawn art, blacksmith items, pet products, antiques, purses, flea market finds, baked goods, and more. Vendors will be located both inside the Rolland Lewis Building and outdoors in the grassy area to the north of the building. Admission is free. Billy Bob’s BBQ will be offering concessions. Children can enjoy free inflatables and popcorn provided by Central Serve Day.



4th Annual Celebration Day

9 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


Comprehensive Connections will be holding their 4th Annual Celebration Day at Veteran’s Park on May 4th beginning with a morning 5K at 9 a.m., several indoor art activities such as rock, marble, and salt painting, and coloring. Refreshments and flower hanging baskets from their greenhouse will be available to purchase. All proceeds will benefit Comprehensive Connections, a non-profit agency that offers professional supportive services for those with mental disabilities, developmental disabilities, substance abuse, and the elderly community.



Mt. Vernon Yacht Club Launch

10 a.m.- 6 p.m.

Veteran’s Park, 800 S. 27th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


The Veteran’s Park lake on May 4th will host the launch of the new Mt. Vernon Yacht Club. The club provides a fleet of remote-control boats and yachts of all sizes for kids and adults to crew around the lake. A 15-minute yachting experience costs $5. An Annual Membership to the Mt. Vernon Yacht Club is $30. The Yacht Club’s Hours are May – September, weather permitting Fri. 3 p.m.- 7 p.m., Sat. 10 a.m.- 6 p.m., and Sun. 1 p.m.- 7 p.m.



Historical Village Opening Day

10 a.m.- 4 p.m.

Jefferson County Historical Village, 1411 N. 27th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


The Jefferson County Historical Village will hold their opening day for the season on May 4th. The village grounds and buildings are open for tours every Saturday from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 p.m.- 4 p.m. May through October. Take a step back in time to the 19th century and look inside a historic one-room school house, log church, jail, blacksmith shop, general store, and more. Open May through October discover a glimpse of centuries past. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.



Guero’s Cinco de Blocko

11 a.m.- 10 p.m.

Guero’s Mexican Restaurant, 222 S. 9th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864


Guero’s Mexican Restaurant is hosting a Cinco de Mayo Street Festival on South 9th St. from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. on May 4th. From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., kids can enjoy Mexican face painting, crafts, pinatas, and inflatables. A homemade salsa contest will begin at 2 p.m. with a Running with the Bulls 1K following at 2:30 p.m. From 3 to 8 p.m. guests can listen to live music and sign up to win several prizes. Street tacos, Mexican street corn, and other Mexican dishes will be available all day long.



Cuatro de Mayo

12 p.m.

Roadhouse Harley Davidson, 205 N. 44th St.

Mt. Vernon, IL 62864

Also, on May 4th, Roadhouse Harley Davidson is holding a Cuatro de Mayo fiesta on their outdoor patio with free lunch provided by Agave Mexican Restaurant starting at noon. Spin the wheel to win prizes! Wear a sombrero hat to receive a free gift.

Plan a girls’ or couples’ trip or bring the family for a fun day in Mt. Vernon May 4th!