Orland Park's July 4th Celebrations Date Back Decades

Orland Park's July 4th Celebrations Date Back Decades
Posted on 06/09/2014

The Village of Orland Park has planned fun and patriotic events to pay homage to America’s birthday. The village’s Recreation Department oversees the community’s festivities each year, offering a number of activities to celebrate Independence Day.

“Orland Park’s Independence Day celebrations go back decades,” said Mayor Dan McLaughlin. “Longtime residents remember when the firemen would set up the fireworks display near 151st and 94th Avenue, before the malls were built. They’d walk along the street, collecting donations from the audience to help pay for the fireworks,” he added.

Centennial Park West Concert
This year, the week of 4th of July celebration begins on Sunday, June 29th at 5 p.m. with the free Centennial Park West Concert featuring the City Lights Orchestra followed by fun, free family activities and an outdoor showing of “Monsters University” at dusk.

Centennial Park West is located in the Collette Highlands of Orland Park at Park Station Boulevard and Somerglen Lane. Attendees are invited to bring picnics, lawn chairs and blankets to this village owned 12-acre open air special event venue.

Liberty Family Fun Run and Walk
The fun continues with the Liberty Family Fun Run and Walk on Thursday, July 3 at 7 p.m. at the 153rd Street Metra Station with the Kids’ Run following at 7:30 p.m. Check in begins at 5:30 p.m.

Participants can choose the fast/flat, chipped timed, two mile race through Centennial Park or participate in the one mile leisure walk on this holiday eve. Each participants receives a race t-shirts, a wristband for free admission to Centennial Pool for use on July 3rd or 4th and entry into the post-race raffle drawings.

Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finisher and the top male and female finisher in each of 13 age groups ranging from 9 and under to 65+. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy post-race refreshments.

Pre-register at Recreation Administration, 14600 South Ravinia Avenue, or at the village's Sportsplex, 11351 West 159th Street. Call 403-PARK for details.

July 4th Presentation of Colors and Fireworks
Orland Park’s July 4th festivities always begin with live, outdoor entertainment.

Johnny Russler and the Beach Bum Band will perform from 7:15 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. on the main stage at Centennial Park on Friday, July 4. A cover band that performs Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley, Kenny Chesney, Paul Simon and more, this group has a fun and danceable sound for all ages.

Orland Park veterans will present colors at 9:15 p.m. and the village’s fireworks presentation choreographed to music will begin at dusk.

Centennial Park is located at 15600 West Avenue, one block west of LaGrange Road/US Route 45. Further information about the Village of Orland Park’s Independence Celebration is available by calling the Recreation Department at 708/403-PARK or by visiting the village’s website at www.orlandpark.org.