Forest Park may not have fireworks this year but it is hosting “Independence Day Activities” in the park on Harrison on Wednesday, July 3.  The pool will be open and from noon until 10pm, there’ll be food, music, games for kids, games for adults, and more.  All Forest Parkers are encouraged to attend this Free Event.

Oak Park starts celebrating at 10am on July 4th with its annual parade from Longfellow Park then north on Ridgeland to Augusta, and ending at Whittier Elementary School.  At dusk, come to OPRF High School for the traditional fireworks. 

Riverside also has an early start on the holiday.  On July 3 in Guthrie Park, across from the train station, hear 80s music from “Brat Pack” and on July 4, it’s the 35th Independence 5k.  Don’t miss the parade which starts at the Big Ball Park at 845am on July 4 and ends back in Gurthrie Park with food, music, and more. 

Brookfield’s parade on July 4 starts at Grand and Cleveland at 10am and ends at Village Hall.  There’s a village picnic at Kiwanis Park with all day music starting at 1230pm and going through early evening.

North Riverside’s Fourth of July parade begins at 10am at 24th and 14th Streets and ends at Veteran’s Park.  This is followed by a softball and a Little Legue Tournement with food, games, and more. 

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Maria Murzyn

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