WESTMONT – The Westmont Park District, the village of Westmont and Westmont Auto Mile are hosting this year's Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks at Ty Warner Park, rain or shine.
The celebration, at Blackhawk and Plaza drives, will begin at 4 p.m. Thursday with free admission. Some of the activities include a petting zoo, face painting, games and relays, balloon sculptors and more.
Along with these, the event will have food vendors open until 9 p.m. and live music from the Westmont Community Band and Grand Ave Big Band. The night will close with the Fireworks Spectacular at 9:30 p.m.
Mayor Ron Gunter said the celebration is very well attended and there are activities for every age.
"It's a great community event," Gunter said. "We get anywhere between 12,000 and 15,000 people."
The Fireworks Spectacular, funded by the Westmont Auto Mile, is a dual show, using two locations to set off the fireworks. It's the uniqueness of the show that makes the event so popular, according to Gunter.
"You're basically right on top of the fireworks," Gunter said. "It adds a whole different realm to viewing fireworks."
Gunter said parking will be available in the Westmont High School or Westmont Junior High parking lots.
Handicapped parking is available at the corner of Chestnut and Burr Oak drives.
Gunter said the first Fourth of July celebration was introduced back in 2000 as a dedication to the opening of the 48-acre Ty Warner Park.
"That year we thought it was a one-year event," Gunter said. "Now it's a community celebration."
For more information, contact the Westmont Park District at 630-963-5252 or visit wpd4fun.org.