Lots to Do Close to Home This July 4th

Among the options: fireworks, Joliet Slammers baseball, swimming at Splash Station and the Joliet Bike Club's July Metric Ride.

If you're planning to stick close to this 4th of July, here are a few options that will get you out of the house but won't take a huge bite out of your wallet.

The annual 4th of July fireworks presentation, sponsored by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce, will begin at about 9:15 p.m. July 4 at Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St. Gates will open at 6 p.m. A music program begins at 8 p.m. Free admission. Information: 815-727-5371. (Reminder: There is no fireworks display at this year.)

Fireworks will be presented after the July 3 and 4 Joliet Slammers games. Tickets are $5 for lawn seats and $10 for grandstand seats. Games start at 7:05 p.m., both nights they are playing the Kentucky's Florence Freedom. Tuesday features a Two-for-Tuesday event, where hot dogs and cups of soda are two for the price of one. Wednesday features a Win-It-Wednesday event; if the team wins, attendees get free admission for the following Wednesday's game. Information: jolietslammers.com.

SplashStation, the Joliet Park District's water park, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. July. Admission is $9/adult, $8/senior and $6/children 48 inches or shorter. Add one dollar if you're a nonresident. Information: http://www.jolietsplashstation.com.

Joliet Bicycle Club's 4th of July Metric Ride. Riders have a choice of three routes -- 30 miles, 45 miles and 62 miles -- all of which leave from the parking lot of , 1800 Caton Farm Road. Riders depart between 7 and 10 a.m. and must be back by 4 p.m. The routes through Will and Grundy counties are marked along the way, with "sag" stops every 15 miles to take a break, use restrooms and snack on bagels, sandwiches, fruit, cookies, energy drinks and more. Vehicles will be available for equipment breakdowns or medical emergencies. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children ages six to 10 and free for those under 6. Information/registration: www.jolietbicycleclub.org.


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