St. Charles July 4th celebration

By on July 1, 2012

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 will take place on Wednesday, July 4, and is best viewed at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. This year, people of all ages will enjoy an outstanding pyrotechnic production—one of the largest and most industrious fireworks shows in the Fox Valley area.

This event is free, thanks to the generous support of numerous local businesses. Main sponsors include the St. Charles Park District, City of St. Charles, First State Bank and the St. Charles Breakfast Rotary.

Pottawatomie Park, which opens at 8 a.m., 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.

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 years of age and over) pay only $6 per 18 holes of golf. The cost for children is $5. Ages 5 and under pay $2.

Swanson Pool in Pottawatomie Park opens at noon for Park District residents and season pass holders, and at 12:30 p.m. for non-residents. The daily admission fee for residents is $7; for non-residents, it’s $10. The pool closes at 6 p.m. Only bathing suits may be worn for swimming; no cutoffs or street clothing are permitted in the pools.

The Fox Valley Concert Band will entertain park user from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Local favorite Red Woody will rock the stage in the historic pavilion from 6 p.m. to dark. The band plays a variety of music including classic rock and 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 us online at

A few reminders …
• Arrive 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, including sparklers, are prohibited in the park.
• 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 Swanson Pool during the day and the main entrance of River View Miniature Golf Course during the evening.