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Bicentennial Park holds Independence Day Celebration

No fireworks will be on display Saturday at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, but the day will be host to live music, hot popcorn and cold beer.

Bicentennial Park will host an Independence Day Celebration from 6 to 10 p.m. Promotions for the free concert also promise a taco truck from Tacos Maui and “smooth wine.”

Dan Daugherty will be on stage at the park pavilion from 6 to 7:30 p.m., and Arbor Creek will be on stage from 8 to 9:30 p.m.

Planning for fireworks at the park required six months notice to the U.S. Coast Guard, which Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park Manager Lori Carmine said was difficult to do with the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic at the start of the year.

The park at 201 W. Jefferson St. is bordered by the Des Plaines River, which serves as a barge canal as it runs through Joliet.

Saturday night fireworks will take place in Joliet at DuPage Medical Group Field after the Slammers game for fans in the stadium. The Slammers typically have fireworks after every game through the Independence Day weekend when they are playing in Joliet on those dates. Fireworks will follow the Sunday night game as well.

Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park once had been the site of July 3 fireworks in Joliet in much the same way July 4 fireworks were at Memorial Stadium.

Both traditions have been altered in part by COVID-19. Fourth of July fireworks will be at Joliet Junior College on Sunday, while the city plans to bring back the July 3 fireworks show to Bicentennial Park in 2022.

“We really hope to have [fireworks] here next year,” Carmine said. “That’s the plan.”

Source: The Daily Chronicle

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