Fireworks Precede July 4th Family Days

Thousands watch annual fireworks display before heading to 49th straight Family Days. Deerfield residents have a host of activities to pick including a parade, dog show and flower show.

Fireworks lit the sky above Brickyards Park Tuesday as more than 3,500 people flocked to the annual July 3 event and thousands more watched the pyrotechnic display from the surrounding neighborhood.

begins itself at 7:30 a.m. today featuring meals, races, a dog show, a flower show, a concert and the traditional Fourth of July Parade at noon. Events conclude at 5 p.m.

An annual highlight of the festivities is the Parade starting at noon and moving west along Deerfield Road from , turning north on Waukegan Road and then going west on Hazel Avenue before finishing at .

“The theme this year is 100 years of Girl Scouting,” parade organizer Mike Delaney of the Lions Club said. “We’ll have lots of Girl Scouts, Brownies and Daisies marching near the front by the banner.”

In addition to the Girl Scouts, Delaney said there are 82 entrants in this year’s parade including 11 paid entertainers. “There will be a marching band, a stilt walker and things like that,” he said. The other 71 entrants include civic organizations, local businesses, elected officials and candidates for office.

Before the parade, the Deerfield Community Concert Band will perform at 11 a.m. at Village Hall and after the parade the will have an organ concert, according to Village Trustee Tom Jester. The church is also air conditioned.

Sales of arts and crafts will start the day at 7:30 a.m. with the annual Pancake Breakfast sponsored beginning at 8 a.m. and continuing until 10:30 a.m. at Jewett Park. The arts and craft activity concludes at 3 p.m.

Just as the Pancake Breakfast gets under way, runners will be starting the annual Rotary 10K race and 5K walk at 8 a.m. at Walden School. People who have not registered for that event can do so from 7:15 to 7:45 a.m.

While people are eating pancakes and running races, others will be enjoying the bicycle parade at the intersection of Rosemary Terrace and Deerfield Road as well as a dog show at Jewett Park. People should line up for the bike parade at 8:30 a.m. It starts at 9 a.m.

The dog show runs from 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Jewett Park. “It’s about the best costume or the best trick,” Mayor Harriet Rosenthal said describing the event. The park will also be home to rides, a petting zoo, pony rides, corporate booths and concessions from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual flower show will be held inside the Jewett Park Community Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “That’s where the air conditioning will be,” Village Manager Kent Street said at Monday’s Village Board meeting.

In addition to all the activities, the two pools at Deerspring Park and Mitchell Park will offer free swimming from 1 to 5 p.m.

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