The Park District would like to publicly thank the following individuals and businesses that made financial contributions, donated prizes or gift certificates, or provided in-kind donations to our 44th Annual Fourth of July Celebration: Citizens for Tellalian, Consolidated Auto, Duck Fat, Ferrara Pan Candy, Forest Park Stucco, Golden Steer, Erika Goodman, Harrison Street Café, Kay’s Bakery, Joanne & Cliff Leber, Louie’s Grill, Mohr Oil, Schauer’s Hardware, Spotless Auto, Starship Subs, Marete Steger, Team Blonde, Todd & Holland Teas, and Ultra Foods.

We would also like to thank the following vendors for participating in the event: Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor, Dekos, Forest Park Eagles Aerie 1344, Forest Park Youth Soccer Assn., Harlem Maenner & Damenchor, The Kiwanis Club of Forest Park, our commissioners and representatives, Sam Alonzo, Joe Byrnes, Sandy Byrnes, Eric Entler, Mike Espinosa and Maurice Sivek, and, as always, the Panda Studio’s 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. And thanks to the citizens who contributed to the fireworks. 

We also want to thank the Forest Park police and fire departments for spending the day at the Park, to ensure the our patrons’ safety. And we are grateful 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 event’s history.  A special thank you goes out to New Horizon Pyrotechnics for their professional expertise, which gave us a show to remember. It was outstanding. 

On behalf of the Park District staff, I would also like to thank the park district board, its support and assistance during these special events is appreciated and truly invaluable. 

Larry Piekarz

Executive Director,
Park District of Forest Park