On behalf of the Board of Park Commissioners of the Park District of Forest Park, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly thank the following individuals and businesses that made financial contributions, donated prizes or gift certificates or provided in-kind donations for our 43rd annual Fourth of July celebration: The Altenheim, Bernie’s Knife Sharpening, Best Buy in Winston Plaza, Consolidated Auto, Culligan Water, Ed’s Way Supermarket, Fantastic Sam’s, Ferrara Pan Candy Co., Forest Park Eagles Aerie 1344, Forest Park Firefighters’ Association., the Forest Park Review, Forest Park Stucco, Forest Park Youth Soccer Association, Golden Steer restaurant, H&R Auto, Harrison Street Café, Cliff and Joanne Leber, Louie’s Grill, McAdam Landscaping, Mohr Oil Co., Nadeau’s Ice Sculptures, S&S Electric, Spotless Car Wash, Starship Subs, Ultra Foods, Under the Gingko Tree, Wilbert Burial Vaults.

We would also like to thank the following vendors and volunteers that participated in the event: Sandy Byrnes, Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor, Byron’s, Deko’s, Forest Park Eagles Aerie 1344, Forest Park Youth Soccer Association, Harlem Männer and Damen Chor, the Kiwanis Club of Forest Park, Molly Malone’s, One Potato Too, Paciugo’s Gelato, St. Bernardine’s and the Panda Studio Dancers. Many thanks, as well, to the Council of the Village of Forest Park for providing citizens the opportunity to contribute to the fireworks when purchasing their vehicle stickers this year. As always, to the Forest Park Police and Fire Departments for spending the day at The Park to insure the safety of our patrons and to the Public Works Department for their continued support and assistance.

This year’s fireworks display was one of the biggest, loudest and most spectacular displays in the 43-year history of Fourth of July fireworks at the Park District of Forest Park. A special thank you to New Horizon Pyrotechnics for their professional expertise in giving us a show to remember for years to come. It was outstanding.

On behalf of the Park District staff, I would also like to thank the Board of Park Commissioners whose support and assistance during our special events are invaluable and truly appreciated.

Larry Piekarz
Director, Park District of Forest Park