After a weekend of heavy rains, the skies cleared and the sun shined bright at Commissioners Park for Bridgeview Park District’s annual Independence Day celebration Monday, July 3rd. The weather was perfect for the sizable crowd that enjoyed the incredible fireworks display. The celebration kicked off at about 5:30pm where families could be seen eagerly scoping out the area, looking for the perfect spot to set down their lawn chairs and blankets. Fortunately, for all those who arrived early, the Bridgeview Park District made sure there was plenty to do before nightfall.

Pizza, tacos, hot dogs, sandwiches, and other delicious foods from vendors stood at the ready for hungry attendees. Crowd favorite DJ Mike returned this year to MC the event, and energized the crowd with music. The Bridgeview Boy Scouts Troop 13 presented the colors and raised the flag. Children of all ages took full advantage of the expansive, recently installed playground equipment to play basketball and go down the giant slide. Many others could be seen playing soccer, catch, and other outdoor games across the field.

Once twilight set in, Commissioners Park glowed red, white, and blue as dozens of children and adults held on to glow sticks and other Independence Day themed glow products. From 81st street to St. Fabian Church the park was filled with smiles, laughter, inaudible conversations, and loud music until about 9:15pm when a warning shot cracked the sky. A few moments later, the Independence Day Firework Show was on full display, blasting into the sky for 24 minutes straight. The firework finale drew massive cheers from the crowd.  

Year over year the Bridgview Park District delivers an amazing fireworks display, and if you missed it this year we highly encourage you to make plans for next year. We hope you enjoyed your Independence Day 2023!