Local July 4th fireworks shows

By on July 2, 2010

St. Charles, Batavia—The cities of St. Charles and Batavia will offer fireworks and festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July.

St. Charles
The annual St. Charles July 4th celebration is a time for friends and family to get together for picnics, leisure, entertainment, and most of all, to commemorate our nation’s birthday.

The fireworks extravaganza, which is held on Sunday, July 4, can be best viewed at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park.

The event is free thanks to the support of numerous local businesses. Main sponsors include the St. Charles Park District, city of St. Charles, Valley Community Bank and the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary.

Pottawatomie Park opens at 8 a.m. and offers something for everyone. Picnic tables will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. It is strongly suggested that patrons bring their own tables, blankets and lawn chairs.

Settle in early to enjoy picnic-style offerings (hot dogs, bratwurst, ice cream, popcorn, and soft drinks) at reasonable rates from the River View Miniature Golf concessions, which will remain open until 9:15 p.m.

Pottawatomie Pool opens to residents at 10 a.m. and to non-residents at 2 p.m. Daily admission fee for resident adults (16+) is $5.50 and resident children is $4.50. Fee for non-resident adults is $11 and non-resident children is $9. Pottawatomie Pool will close at 6 p.m. Only bathing suits may be worn for swimming, no cutoffs or street clothing will be permitted in the pools.

Get the family together for a bit of competition at River View Miniature Golf Course, which opens at 9 a.m. This 18-hole, par 42 challenging course offers a great atmosphere of playable greens, interactive babbling brook, waterfall, sand traps, windmill, lighthouse, bridges, and scenic view of the Fox River. The last tee off is at 7 p.m. Adults (16+) pay only $5 per 18 holes of golf. The cost for children is $4. There will not be any canoe or pedal boat rentals.

Beginning at 6 p.m., listen to live music from Red Woody in the large pavilion at Pottawatomie Park. Over the past several years, Red Woody has become one of the best cover bands in the western suburbs. As a Fox Valley favorite rock & roll band, they play a wide variety of music including classic rock & roll, contemporary favorites and great alternative hits. With songs from Journey, Sublime, Green Day, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Goo Goo Dolls and many more, Red Woody is sure to entertain everyone.

In the event of inclement weather, the fireworks will be scheduled for the next clear evening. For more information, call the Park District at (630) 513-6200 or visit www.stcparks.org.

A few reminders
• Come early. Spectators are strongly encouraged to park downtown and walk to Pottawatomie Park.
• Do not activate your car alarm because they have a tendency to go off during the fireworks.
• Spectators are asked to leave the grounds after the fireworks display has ended. Vehicle headlights are distracting to other viewers.
• Alcoholic beverages are prohibited on park property at all times.
• Fireworks are prohibited in the park, including sparklers.
• There will be no canoe or pedal boat rentals on July 4 at River View Miniature Golf.
• Boy Scout Island boat launch will be closed on July 4.
• For emergency assistance, go to the Main Gate or Pottawatomie Pool during the day and the main entrance of River View Miniature Golf Course during the evening.

The city of Batavia will host one of the most celebrated Fourth of July fireworks productions in the area, called the “Sky Concert.”

It has a more than 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens. It is now provided under the auspices of the Batavia ACCESS Committee, and is paid for with private donations and fundraisers.

The pyrotechnics are placed on the Mooseheart field, and the audience observes from Engstrom Park at the corner of Millview Drive and West Main Street. There is also space for observers on the Batavia High School athletic fields on West Main Street.

The event begins with Savor-the-Flavor food venders at 5 p.m. The band Automatic Fixx will perform from 7 to 9:15 p.m. Following announcements and a message from the mayor of Batavia, the Sky Concert will begin at 9:30 p.m.

Rail will not stop the show, although dangerous conditions could cause it to be delayed until the following evening.

No parking will be allowed on Wilson or Main streets between Van Nortwick Avenue and Randall Road. No parking will be allowed on Randall Road from Main Street to McKee Street.

Public parking will be permitted at both high school partking lots, the Ace Hardware parking lot, and at the Wilson Business Center on West Wilson Street. Parking will also be available at several of the major retail lots along Randall Road.

A $5 donation per car will be requested at each lot, with all proceeds going to support the fireworks show.

No one in the audience will be allowed to bring alcoholic beverages to Engstrom Park or the school grounds; use sparklers, firecrackers or other handheld explosive devices; bring dogs or other pets; ride bikes, scooters or mopeds on the school grounds; or enter any portion of the Moosehead property.

Lost and found will be coordinated near the ESDA trailer located at Engstrom Park.