Blo-No to celebrate birth of America

The town of Normal prepares several events to contribute to the annual celebration of the Fourth of July.

The “Sky Concert” firework show in Fairview Park will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m. Friday. According to the Town of Normal Parks and Recreation Department, depending on weather and circumstances, it could be 15 minutes earlier or later.

Office Associate at the Parks and Recreation Department, Karen Carrigan, said that thousands of people usually come to the fireworks display at Fairview Park.

Parks and Rec maintenance crew and the people the Parks and Rec purchase the fireworks from set off the fireworks, Carrigan said.

Families often bring blankets and radios to watch the show. Fireworks will be set to music on WJBC AM 1230.

Fairview Park has been hosting a fireworks show for over 50 years, Carrigan said.

A pre-fireworks concert will be held at 6 p.m. featuring The Bygones.

The band is a nostalgic rock cover band who formed in Bloomington in early 2005. They have played at the Fourth of July celebration in past years.

The Normal Parks and Rec Dept. will also be hosting an early bird swim at Fairview Family Aquatic Center from 9-10:30 a.m. Friday.

To celebrate the birth of the country, there will be birthday cake and ice cream served at the end of the party.

Carrigan said a couple hundred people usually attend this event.

The cost for people 16 years old and over is $1.

Children 15 and under and season pass holders will be admitted at no cost.

Both Fairview and Anderson Aquatic Centers will also be hosting a “Proud to be an American” celebration.

There will be activities, trivia and prizes for the guests.

Carrigan said that there will be a giant flag that everyone can do their part in making, as well as flag contests and patriotic coloring contests.

For this event, it will cost $6 for adults 16 years old and over, $5 for ages 3-15 and free for ages 2 and under.

The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. but both pools will stay open until 8 p.m., their regular closing times.

Carrigan said the Parks and Rec Dept. hosts these activities “to help celebrate the holiday.”

The Sky Concert is sponsored by the Normal Parks and Recreation Department, State Farm Insurance and WJBC.

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