Chicago’s Festive Kickoff: Embrace the 4th of July with Festival of Life and American Music Celebration


CHICAGO (WLS) — Even though it wasn’t a legal holiday, many people celebrated 4th of July events on Monday. In Plainfield, Bot Park’s parking lot was transformed into a food truck bonanza as people waited in their lawn chairs to watch fireworks during the golden hour.

It’s a lot of fun, said Gianna Thompson. I appreciate that there is everything here, including enjoyable activities and dancing by all.

“It’s close to home, good food, good music, and the kids are having fun, so it’s always good,” Sibrian Thompson continued.

A unique festival honouring the nation’s heroes and the Fourth of July was held in Naperville on Rotary Hill. The event featured a live band and kid-friendly activities.

“It’s an opportunity for us to celebrate our independence and honour our past and present servicemen and women who serve alongside our first responders,” said Michelle Clement of the Naperville Salute Charitable Organisation.

The Naperville Responds for Veterans organisation will receive the festival’s four-day proceeds. They raised $50,000 the previous year to help with construction, remodelling, and home repairs.

Due to the rain, many individuals in Chicago were not at work, taking advantage of the day off by going out and about.

It’s astonishing that we’re living for this in Chicago, Dennis Lloyd said. It’s the proper time, the perfect day, and totally different from yesterday.

The African-Caribbean International Festival in Washington Park highlighted the celebration of humanity and equality while promoting the distinctiveness of Caribbean cultures via food, music, and art.

Since I was a young child, I have been going here. Chicago native and Washington Park neighbourhood resident. Living in Washington Park isn’t as important as Chicago’s summers, according to Trevor Thompson.

Thompson was dressed in Jamaican capital city of Kingston.

Ephraim Martin, a Jamaican native, founded this festival 30 years ago.

It’s about love, peace, and joy, Martin stated. recognising our origins and our identity. That is the purpose of the celebration of life. It’s a large festival where many people get together.

At FitzGerald’s in Berwyn, the American Music Festival celebrated its 40th birthday.

Bill Duncan, FitzGerald’s co-owner, said of the compilation: “It’s an incredible collection of traditional New Orleans blues, country Americana, and American roots music.”

The Chicago Bluegrass Band, Fox Crossing String Band, a band entirely directed by women, performed at the festival’s four-day closing celebration.

It’s an amazing day here, Fox Crossing String Band’s Kacey Wright said. Together, the squad and crew have put up a fantastic display. It’s absolutely wonderful.

Suzy Jackson, a Chicago resident, is one of the band’s fans and is arguably the most festively dressed.

It feels like the clouds are breaking up, the sky is blue, and it’s time to celebrate music and America, according to Jackson.