This Weekend Around Oak Park

Extended 4th of July Edition

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Photo courtesy of Brian Crawford, contributing photographer

Since the 4th decided to be on a Wednesday this year, we get to ride the holiday mentality starting now, because I don’t want to wonder when I’m supposed to celebrate. It’s not what the founding fathers would have wanted.

If the calendar wants to play dirty by sticking Independence Day as far away from the weekend as possible, that’s just fine with me. Instead of complaining, I’m embracing it. In fact, I already heard someone set off a few fireworks last night. A big “high-five” to that guy or gal; I am right there with you. To everyone else out there who hasn’t hopped on the celebration wagon, I implore you to start right now!

We are extending our coverage beyond the weekend to make sure you get all the details for the 4th of July Parade & Fireworks so you can make the most of your holiday week. Continue reading for these details, along with a lot of other great events and ideas occurring in the village this weekend.

4th of July Parade
(Wednesday @ 10 a.m.)
The annual Independence Day Parade will start at Longfellow Park, located at Ridgeland and Adams, and head north to Augusta, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary School. Among the entries typically scheduled to march are social and special interest groups, community groups, athletic teams, politicians, businesses and service organizations, children’s groups, animal lovers with their pets and musical groups, according to the village.

4th of July Fireworks
(Wednesday @ Dusk)
The 4th of July fireworks will begin at dusk on Wednesday in the football stadium of OPRF High School, near East Avenue and Lake Street. The fireworks display is presented by the local non-profit, Great American Light Show Association. Bring your strollers, blankets, lawn chairs, and earplugs if you have sensitive hearing.

Photo courtesy of Danny Nicholson

Go to Rehm Pool
The Park District of Oak Park has two great pools to cool off over the weekend, and we want to recommend Rehm Pool this time around, 515 Garfield Street. Oak Parkers enjoy the size of this public pool because it has plenty of chairs, a sun deck, lockers, water slides, diving boards, a basketball hoop, and play area for toddlers. Family swim is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and public swim is 1-8 p.m.

Oak Park Festival Theatre Presents “You Can’t Take It With You”
Synopsis from the Oak Park Festival Theatre website:
Welcome to the Sycamore household, a merry mélange of free-thinkers, eccentrics, oddballs, and lovable others. Come in. Sit down. Don’t mind the snakes, the fireworks, the less than Bolshoi ballet performances, the typewriter, the general absence of any orthodoxy. And meet Alice, the sweet-natured and sanest of this family who has fallen in love with the son of her oh-so-conventional boss. Stay for the hilarity when the prospective in-laws arrive for dinner to give their blessing to the marriage – on the wrong night. For tickets, visit oakparkfestival.com.
Showtimes: Friday & Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 7 p.m.
Venue: Austin Gardens, 167 Forest Ave., Oak Park

Summer Concert Series
Enjoy free concerts on Sundays at 5:30 p.m. throughout the summer at Scoville Park, 800 W. Lake Street. This week, JC and the Tennessee Three will be rocking the stage. Bring out your blankets, lawn chairs, and anything else you need to enjoy hits like Ring of Fire and I Walk the Line.

Farmers’ Market
The Oak Park Farmers’ Market is open Saturday from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Items for sale include locally grown produce, flowers, bedding plants, honey, cheese, frozen meat, bread, and doughnuts. Cash is the preferred method of payment but credit and debit are available depending on the vendor. The Farmers’ Market is located in the Pilgrim Congregational Church parking lot, 460 Lake Street, Oak Park.

Sculpture Walk
The Sculpture Walk is a summertime staple in Oak Park that you can enjoy at any hour of the day. The Sculpture Walk is a free, self-guided tour of various art pieces located on Oak Park Avenue between Lexington and Van Buren. Visitors are welcome to download a free app called Otocast to access information about the sculptures and hear descriptions of the work dictated by the artists themselves.

If you have events planned that you would like to be included in articles like this, please email your event info to aroundoakpark@gmail.com so we can get the word out!

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