No plans for the Fourth? Want to stick around Forest Park? Check out the park district. They’ve put together a day’s worth of activities spanning what park Director Larry Piekarz called “classic picnic games” (tug-of-war, a bounce house), choreographed dance routines, a few bands and, of course, fireworks.
The park district is heavily promoting its “flash dance” (a You Tube video of the routine is available on the park district’s website). Piekarz said it’s a three-minute dance routine to, not coincidentally, the Katy Perry song “Fireworks.” That will start at 6:30 p.m.
Those brave enough to give it a shot will even get a T-Shirt, Piekarz said, and those who are serious about choreography and don’t want to just wing it on Monday night, are invited to practice the routine on June 30 at either 3 or 6 p.m. at the park district headquarters, 7501 Harrison St.
But dancing pride is not the only thing on the line. Piekarz said the park district plans to submit a video of its dancers to the National Parks and Recreation Association (NPRA) in the hopes of winning a cash prize.
An amalgam of other activities are happening throughout the day as well. At 11 a.m., Bingo will get things under way and from there, activities abound.
Musical performances and other dancing routines will be presented before the fireworks get underway as it starts to get dark.
All in all, it’s a whole day’s worth of good, old-fashioned, wholesome fun, a good way to feel interconnected as a community.
“We like to think that people have a good time,” said Piekarz, sounding a little like Ernie Banks. “It’s a way to just forget about your troubles and enjoy yourself at The Park.”