LOMBARD – Lombardians will kick off the Fourth of July celebration Tuesday with the opening of the Taste of Lombard, an annual festival that features music, food, a carnival and Independence Day fireworks.
Fireworks will be at dusk July 4 and bands will play throughout the week on the main and secondary stages. Some of this year’s headliners include The Lounge Puppets, 7th Heaven, Send in the Clones, Keith Anderson and Local H.
The fest will run from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and July 5 and from noon to 11 p.m. Thursday and July 6.
To accommodate the people expected to attend this year’s taste, the village will offer a shuttle service from designated locations to the entrance of the fest at Madison Meadow Park.
Fest visitors can pick up shuttles at Madison School, 150 W. Madison St.; Pleasant Lane School, 401 N. Main St.; and Glenbard East High School, 1014 S. Main St.
These buses will run at regular intervals between 7 and 11:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday and July 5 between noon and midnight on Thursday and between noon and 11:30 p.m. July 6.
A handicapped accessible bus will be available each day and dispatched to the pick-up locations as needed. Extra shuttles will be available on the Fourth of July to accommodate people coming to see fireworks at the Taste of Lombard.
The shuttle buses are provided by the village of Lombard and are paid for using money from the hotel/motel tax fund, according to a news release.
Many streets near the festival will be marked with temporary no parking signs and tickets will be issued after signs are posted. A full listening of parking restrictions can be reviewed on the village website at villageoflombard.org.
During the Taste of Lombard and throughout the holiday, members of the Lombard Police Department will enforce all state and local laws, including the use of firecrackers and consumption of alcohol in public places, according to the release.
For information about the Taste of Lombard, visit tasteoflombard.com.