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Fireworks Cancelled, But Patriotic Picnic is Still On

Plainfield Park District's pre-Fourth of July celebration will go on, minus the pyrotechnics.

Hot, dry weather has made the too great, prompting the cancellation of the fireworks display scheduled for Tuesday, July 3, at the 's .

"We met with the and departments this morning and it was a joint decision," said park district Community Relations Director Marianne Ryan. 

The decision was made as a safety precaution. This summer’s hot, dry weather and the resulting parched ground conditions have created an increased risk of fire in association with this year’s fireworks display, Ryan said in a press release. 

"I love fireworks myself," Deputy Fire Chief Jon Stratton said. "Just with the dryness and everything, and we've had a lot more wind than normal too, it's not worth the risk."

, such as Tinley Park, are going to the lengths of bringing in irrigation equipment to saturate the areas around fireworks launch and landing sites, but Stratton said that's not feasible in Plainfield.

"A lot of the places that are doing it have lakes and things [near the launch and landing sites]. We don't have anything like that," he said, adding the water level of the DuPage River is also lower than normal this year.

The park district is working to reschedule the fireworks. More information will be released as it becomes available.

The Patriotic Picnic portion of the event will continue as planned, starting at 5 p.m. at , 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive.

"It's still a free family event," Ryan said. 

The event will provide fun activities for the entire family, including an inflatable obstacle course, “Chalk It Up” sidewalk art, family games, bean bag toss, and Play Zone activities. The event will also include touch-a-truck opportunities including military, police, fire and village vehicles, plus representation by Operation Support Our Troops, an organization that sends care packages, cards and letters of support to troops deployed overseas. A DJ will provide music throughout the evening, and the Plainfield Park District’s dance classes will perform at 7 p.m. Concessions will also be provided by the Plainfield Central High School Athletics Booster Club. 

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MidwestGal June 29, 2012 at 10:32 PM
So, if we actually do get some rain will they still take place? Plainfield wonders why they can't get participation in the Park District events....this stinks Plainfield...this is the one decent thing we had...no one wants to go to a picnic targeted toward 3 year olds and watch dance classes perfrom (the make troops cards is the only good thing there). Why couldn't they hose the areas down with the fire hydrants that probably need flushing anyway?
Ram Seichert June 29, 2012 at 11:08 PM
I'm sure the Plainfield Township Highway Commissioner took the event into consideration before shutting down River Road and Renwick Road for three months. What a disaster that would be coming to and leaving from the park with that intersection closed. The Park District will save a lot of money by not blasting off the fireworks this year yet I'm sure we'll still see a property tax increase next year.
Brian Smith June 30, 2012 at 05:05 AM
Is it to late to call the fireworks guys back?
unhappy resident June 30, 2012 at 01:47 PM
the only thing he takes into cosideration is himself. It took me 3 years to get a couple of speed limit signs from him!
Ram Seichert June 30, 2012 at 02:09 PM
I hope Ed Arter is running for Highway Commissioner next election.
MidwestGal June 30, 2012 at 03:20 PM
They probably won't. Last week they were asking for donations for the fireworks. They will either blame dry conditions or lack of funds. The news this a.m (ch 5?) said this morning Round Lake Beach rescheduled theirs, Wauconda is postoned and Plainfield's are canceled and NOT going to be rescheduled.
Moe June 30, 2012 at 09:41 PM
I prefer to be safe rather then sorry. I say it was a good decision. Let's just say they went ahead with the fireworks, and with the dry conditions. An errant firework caused a caught a field, or a house fire. You people would be fuming...
Plainfield Resident July 02, 2012 at 05:45 AM
We had enough rain the past three days to safely do the fireworks. Many towns did them this past weekend and they had no problems. Some towns soaked the area prior to lighting them off. This stinks!
Plainfield Conservative July 02, 2012 at 12:51 PM
Can somebody please help me out here? I really can't remember the last time that we had fireworks on or around the actual 4th of July anyway. Don't they usually wait until later in the month when some fest, that nobody goes to, goes on? Actually, I take that back, when they moved the fest off of Lockport Street, last year, it made the event much more enjoyable, not to mention that you could still access the businesses in the downtown if you wanted to. While I agree that I'd better be safe than sorry, let's call this what it probably really is...we're broke...busted and can't afford it. I'm more than willing to forgo the event if that's the case and it stops our taxes from increasing to pay for it, but as we ALL KNOW...that simply ain't gonna happen, regardless (sigh!).
Moe July 02, 2012 at 09:30 PM
@PC, It really was a safety precaution. Take my word for it. I don't know why people can't take it for what it is, and why this decision was made.
Mattie July 03, 2012 at 05:05 PM
They have done fireworks for the last 4 years on the 3rd of July along with the Patriotic Picnic. It's a great event and I'm sorry you don't have your facts straight, you've been missing out on a good event the past 4 years. Our family loves the event and respects the fact that the park district is going to reschedule the fireworks for safety reasons.
Moe July 04, 2012 at 03:07 PM
Mattie is correct! Plus, The fireworks have been bought and paid for. So, they will be rescheduled. I am "guessing" that it will be held on the last day of the Plainfield Fest.

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