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Thousands came out to celebrate Independence Day in Park Forest on Tuesday. The Village hosted a parade, concert, and the annual fireworks show to cap off the evening.
Residents began lining the streets along the parade route right before 6 p.m. Many people participated in the parade, from Village staff and elected officials to local businesses, clubs, and organizations.
Village Manager Tom Mick said that despite the hot day, the community came together and enjoyed the festivities.
"The Village's Independence Day festivities were wonderful," Mick said. "While the weather was hot, the parade was excellent, with throngs of people along the parade route."
Mick added, "The crowd on the Village Green was extensive despite the heat. The band, BBI, was nothing short of excellent. As is the case annually, the fireworks display was excellent and continues to be one of the best shows in the area. Crowds in Central Park, the Village Green, and along all nearby roads stopped to take in the show."
Mick noted some residents had their own fireworks show and reminded people that fireworks are illegal in the Village.
"The only drawback from the 4th of July festivities was the continued spike in residents shooting off fireworks on the holiday and in the days leading up to it. Residents are reminded that personal fireworks displays are extremely dangerous – and are illegal in Park Forest and the entire State of Illinois."
Mick continued, "Village Officials will be discussing what can be done to address these occurrences. Village Code allows persons illegally shooting off fireworks to be ticketed. Fines can be up to $750."