The annual fireworks display in Oak Park, as seen from the bleachers at the football field at Oak Park and River Forest High School, July 4, 2011. Photo by J.Geil.

The Fourth of July is a great day to be in Oak Park, starting at 10 a.m. when the ever popular, and occasionally controversial, Oak Park Parade demonstrates our vaunted “step out of line” independence. 

We are a one-of-a-kind community and that will be on full display, starting at Longfellow Park, Ridgeland and Adams, and lurching north to Whittier School at Augusta and Cuyler. 

In the evening, stake out your parkway or curb or bleacher seat in or around Oak Park Stadium, East Avenue and Lake Street, before 9 p.m. and await the annual fireworks extravaganza, sponsored by Community Bank of Oak Park-River Forest, leading up to the thrilling finale which is, as always, brought to you by none other than your beloved community newspaper, Wednesday Journal.

We guarantee it will inspire everyone to work hard to get out the vote this November so we can show what it really means to make America great again. 

Ken Trainor

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