Bang and a twang for the Fourth of July in Palos-Orland

 

     Two local celebrations of America’s independence will be punctuated with a bang and a twang this year.

Palos Heights

Derringer and Rye, a pop/country band that promises “a blend of boot stompin’ tunes that will make you want to throw down all-American style,” will take the stage from 8:30 to 9:15 p.m. and again from 9:45 to 11:30 p.m. next Friday, July 3, at Memorial Park, 7607 W. College Drive.

The band boasts that it is “fronted by the sexiest gal in town, Rachel, and the very handsome Valentine…this band will leave y’all quivering in your britches and hankerin’ for some more.”

The city’s celebration starts at 4:30 p.m. at the park, with an assortment of carnival-style activities for children, including a petting zoo, pony rides, giant slide, inflatable moon walk, obstacle course, miniature train ride, face painting, balloon art, a photo booth and more.

Tickets for the various rides are $1 each, six for $5, or $15 for an “unlimited rides” wristband and are on sale in the park’s gazebo starting at 4:30 p.m. on the day of the event.

There will also be a small “touch a truck” event that allows children to climb aboard a fire truck, ambulance, police cruiser and public works vehicles.

Several food vendors will be on hand to sell pizza, tacos, burritos, elephant ears, Chinese favorites, and more. Returning after a successful first year at the event is the Original Rainbow Cone, a South Side favorite since 1926.

The Palos Heights Kiwanis Club will again staff the beer tent, offering a variety of brews, as well as Mike’s Hard Lemonade.

A disc jockey will spin a variety of hits from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m., and at about 9:15 p.m. the city’s annual fireworks show will be launched from Lake Katherine.

The following day, the city’s annual Independence Day parade steps off at noon from Harris Bank, 12534 S. Harlem Ave, and heads north, disbanding just south of College Drive.

Local clubs and other organizations interested in marching or entering a float in the parade are encouraged to call 361-1807 or stop by the Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W. 127th St., for an application. All applications must be turned in by Monday.

Orland Park

A “Liberty Family Run and Walk” starts at 7 p.m. Friday, July 3, at Centennial Park, 15600 S. West Ave.

Centerpiece of the event is a chip-timed, two-mile race with trophies for the top male and female runners. Village organizers describe the course as “fast and flat.” Registration is $14 for Orland Park residents, $20 for non-residents. Participants are encouraged to register online at orlandpark.org.

The event also will include a non-competitive one-mile walk, as well as a brief “dash” for children. Registration for the walk is $8 for residents, $12 for non-residents. There is no charge for children taking part in the dash.

Participants will automatically be entered into drawings for a number of prizes donated by members of the local business community.

Additionally, Buona Beef and Chick-fil-A will be on hand to offer free samples of their sandwiches to participants.

A concert featuring Mason Rivers is set for 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. Saturday, July 4 at Centennial Park.

Billing itself as “the band that rocks country,” Mason Rivers is a “big vocals, big sound, high-energy country band that covers the best of today’s country music, as well as you favorites classics,” according to a description on its website.

Its repertoire includes covers of songs made famous by Garth Brooks, Toby Keith, the Zac Brown Band, Lady Antebellum, Jerry Reed and Johnny Cash, as well as rock legends like the Rolling Stones, Lynryd Skynyrd, the Eagles, the Doobie Brothers and John Mellencamp.

Immediately after the concert, colors will be presented, and a fireworks show will begin.

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