By Anna Lothson
Parades, cook outs, sparklers and fireworks. Everyone knows the drill; the Fourth of July is here.
The main highlights in Oak Park will be the annual parade in the morning, followed by an evening of fireworks at the football stadium at Oak Park and River Forest High School. Here's a list of items to keep in mind during the holiday:
Parade kickoff: 10 a.m.
The many dimensions of diversity in Oak Park will be on display when the ninth annual July 4th parade steps off at 10 a.m., July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street.
The parade will march north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue. The parade will include the award-winning Freedom Marching Band and the Exodus Drum and Bugle Corps. Among the other nearly 50 groups participating will be social and special interest groups, community groups, athletic teams, politicians, businesses, service organizations, children's groups, animal lovers with their pets and musical groups. And did we mention Wednesday Journal with its always popular Twizzlers?
For more information on the parade call (708) 358-5407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parking restrictions eased over holiday weekend
The overnight parking ban will not be enforced on most Oak Park residential streets over the July 4 holiday. Overnight restrictions will be lifted at 2:30 a.m., Wed., July 3, and resume at 2:30 a.m., Mon., July 8.
Restrictions will remain in effect in overnight permit areas, such as village-owned lots, on-street enclaves and on-street overnight parking zones. All other parking regulations also remain in effect, including all daytime posted restrictions and regulations related to traffic and public safety. For more information call (708) 386-3800 or email email@example.com.
Village Hall closed, garbage pickup delayed
Village Hall, 123 Madison St., will be closed on Thursday, July 4.
Residents needing to get in touch with someone from the village about a parking incident should call the Oak Park police non-emergency number, (708) 386-3800
Refuse, recycling and yard waste collection services will be delayed. Thursday's regular pick-up will be delayed until Friday and Friday's collection will be on Saturday.
Oak Park will hold its traditional fireworks display, hosted by the Great American Light Show Association (GALA), the local nonprofit group organized to present the annual Independence Day celebration in Oak Park.
GALA includes representatives from the Park District of Oak Park, Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest, Oak Park and River Forest High School, the Oak Park Police Department and the Oak Park Fire Department.
As it has for the past 14 years, Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest sponsors the show, and Wednesday Journal sponsors the grand finale.
Fireworks begin at dusk in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School, near East Avenue and Lake Street. In the event of unfavorable weather, the show will be held July 5.