The City of Aurora will be painted red, white
and blue on July 4 and will celebrate the nation’s independence with a full day
of family fun including a parade, live music, local food vendors, children’s
activities, and the region’s most dynamic fireworks display--- all taking place
in the downtown.
The day will start with a patriotic pre-parade ceremony
at 9:15 a.m. at the parade reviewing stand, outside the Paramount Theater, 23 E.
Galena Boulevard. The 4th
of July Parade, presented in partnership
with the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84, will step off at 10 a.m. at
the corner of Benton and River Streets. It will travel east to Broadway Avenue,
north to Galena, west to Stolp Avenue, south to Downer Place, then west on
Downer and conclude at River Street. The prime viewing area for the parade is in
front of North Island Center, 8 E. Galena. This year’s parade theme is “It’s a
Grand Old Flag”.
Over 100 units will march in this year’s event
including the Aurora American Legion Band, East Aurora Summer Camp Band, West
Aurora Marching Band, Waubonsee Steel Drum Band, Kane County Mounted Rangers,
the Chicago Highland Rifles and many other community organizations including
local veteran groups and scout troops.
Dr. Richard Bodie, an Aurora
resident for 60 years, has been named parade Grand Marshal. Originally from
Chicago, Dr. Bodie began his medical career as an army surgeon and served the
United States in a MASH Unit in Korea. He went on to become a distinguished
physician and surgeon and served numerous years as Medical Director of the Kane
County Health Dept. He also is an active supporter of the arts and education in
Aurora and a well-known community volunteer. He and his late wife Janet, raised
nine children in Aurora.
Recent West Aurora High School graduate Alyssa
DeBolt will be recognized during the pre-parade program for her winning poster
design that was used to publicize the event in various print and online media in
a competition staged by Legion Post 84.
Free parking for the parade will
be available at all downtown parking lots as well as the Stolp Island Parking
Deck at Stolp and Downer. Parking in the deck will be accessible until 9:50
a.m., and no vehicles will be allowed to exit until after the
Motorists are advised that portions of the parade route will be
closing at 8:30 a.m. No street parking will be permitted on Galena from Lake
Street to Broadway; Downer from Lake to Stolp; Benton from Lake to Broadway;
River from Gale Street to Galena; and Middle Avenue, from Cross Street to
Downer. In addition, Hoyt Place will be closed to thru traffic.
holiday will culminate with huge celebrations at two downtown locations
beginning at 5 p.m. before the City’s fireworks extravaganza at approximately
9:30. Both locations: RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway; and McCullough Park,
Illinois Avenue at Lake Street; will feature free, family-fun events and
activities including live music and wide array of local food vendors. They will
also be perfect locations to view the fireworks.
At RiverEdge Park, the
American Legion Band will perform a mix of patriotic music and traditional
favorites from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.; followed by The Fox Valley Orchestra from 7 to
9 p.m. Aside from well-known patriotic selections, the Fox Valley Orchestra will
also include movie medleys from American classic films and other popular
Attractions at McCullough Park include free inflatable rides
and face painting for the children along with comedian and magician Circus Boy
from 6 to 7 p.m. In addition, The Wave Runners will perform tropical favorites
from Jimmy Buffet, The Beach Boys, Safaris, Ventures, and others from 7:15 to 9
At 8:45 p.m., the Chicagoland Skydivers will perform a dynamic
aerial display of daredevil excitement viewable from both RiverEdge and
The venues are within walking distance of each other
which makes visiting both locations easy and convenient for patrons. In
addition, the City is offering free park and ride shuttle service from 6 to 9
p.m. providing roundtrip transportation at numerous locations. The shuttles
will resume service after the fireworks display with the latest departure
scheduled for 11 p.m. The park and ride locations include: Gold
- Aurora Police Department, 1200 E. Indian Tr.
- Indian Trail Shopping Plaza, 254-302 E. Indian Tr.
- Long Island Sound, 1920 E. New York St.
- Carquest Auto Parts, 3 N. Smith St.
- Main Baptist Church, 814 E. Galena (Overflow parking
- St. Athanasios Church, 1855 E. Fifth Av.
- East Aurora High School, 500 Tomcat Ln.
- Luigi’s Pizza, 732 N. Prairie St.
- West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York St.
- Northgate Shopping Center, 850 N. Lake St.
- Presence Mercy Medical Center, 1325 N. Highland Av.
- Cermack’s Supermarket, 1250 N. Lake St.
- AMF Valley Bowling Center (former site), 310 S. Lincolnway Av., North
In addition, free parking will be offered at all downtown
municipal lots including the Aurora Transportation Center and the lots along
The City of Lights will live up to its name at
approximately 9:30 p.m., with the launching of a bigger-than-ever fireworks
display along the Fox River.
The family activities and fireworks are
co-sponsored by the City of Aurora, Village of North Aurora, RiverEdge Park, and
the Fox Valley Park District.
More information on Aurora’s Independence
Day festivities is available on the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org
or by calling the Customer Service Division
at (630) 256-INFO (4636).