7/3/2011 to 7/4/2011

Wheaton's Independence Day Celebration

Graf Park
1855 Manchester Rd.

Independence Day celebrations in Wheaton start a day early this year to make time for all the exciting activities planned by the Wheaton Park District.

Beginning July 3rd at 6pm, Wheaton’s Graf Park will open for old-fashioned fun with picnicking and people watching. New-fangled fun for the kids is also on the agenda. Carnival rides, including a giant slide, kiddie ferris wheel and inflatable obstacle course, will be set up in the park. Classic arcade games like the duck pond and boom blaster, as well as running races, have also been scheduled. DJ Gabe will be on deck from 6:00pm playing classic rock, pop, and a patriotic song or two to keep toes tapping.

Adjacent to the DuPage County Fairgrounds, Graf Park is a perfect location for viewing the fireworks. This year’s fireworks will explode with nearly twenty-five minutes of color and sound arranged by the internationally award-winning, Melrose Pyrotechnics. Wheaton North Graduate, Micah Tryba, will start the fireworks show by singing our national anthem at approximately 8:45pm.

On Monday, July 4th, Wheaton’s parade steps off at 10 am. The parade is a long-standing tradition for the city and is noted as one of the oldest and largest in the state. Whole families come out early to set up blankets and chairs on the well-known route along Main Street. Margie Wilhelmi, Marketing Director for the Wheaton Park District added, “The 4th falls on a Monday this year, so we’re returning to the traditional start time--which is nice because people can enjoy the parade in the morning and still have plenty of time for family picnics.”

Time: July 3 6pm, fireworks at 8:45; July 4 parade at 10am

Cost: FREE

Ages: All ages


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