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Independence Day starts early in Joliet

JOLIET – Independence Day enthusiasts in Joliet might have the chance to turn the holiday into five days of celebration this year.

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park is hosting its Independence Day festivities Saturday, including fireworks at dusk over the Des Plaines River.

The combination of area celebrations on July 3; Joliet’s big fireworks show at Memorial Stadium on July 4; and a Joliet Slammers schedule of three games with Independence Day-themed activities through Wednesday means that Joliet residents will have a variety of events they can look forward to for the Fourth of July.

Bicentennial Park prefers to have its Independence Day event on a Saturday, said Debbie Greene, director of development for the park.

“It’s great because it’s a Saturday,” Greene said. “Last year was awesome. I think we had 3,000 or more [people in attendance].”

The event will be from 5 to 10 p.m. in the park at 201 W. Jefferson St.,

It will include live music, food, beer, carnival games and a giant inflatable slide for kids. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Greene said that people tend
to spread throughout the park
and into the downtown area on the other side of the Des Plaines River
to see the fireworks.

“It’s something that all of the people in all of the neighborhoods around the park can walk to,” she said. “It’s something for the community that’s very beloved.”

Neighboring communities such as Plainfield, Lockport and Romeoville have July 3 fireworks festivities scheduled in addition to Joliet’s.

The city of Joliet’s main fireworks show is scheduled to take place at dusk July 4 at Memorial Stadium. City officials expect thousands of people to fill the stadium this year. Attendees are encouraged to set up viewing points in the nearby Inwood Golf Course and surrounding streets to watch the fireworks show.

Meanwhile, the Slammers are promoting three days of Independence Day celebrations during their series with the River City Rascals. The series is scheduled to run Monday through Wednesday.

The Slammers on Monday will host a picnic at 6 p.m. with provided food such as pulled pork and grilled brats. Picnic admission is $25 and includes game tickets.

Fireworks will follow the Monday and Tuesday games.

On Wednesday, the Slammers will host Military Appreciation Night, which includes free admission for veterans and active members of the military who show identification at the box office.

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