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Music, fireworks entertain

at LF Fourth of July festival

Todd Marver

Freelance Reporter

To conclude a day of

Independence Day festivities

on Monday, July

4, nearly 10,000 people

headed to the Lake Forest

Festival and Fireworks

at Deerpath Community

Park for live music and


“This is a big event,”

Chairman Rick Amos

said. “It’s a great attribute

for the city and this

is a marquee event for the

City of Lake Forest and

our residents in the community.


people live in Lake Forest

and 10,000 people are going

to be here tonight.”

The opening band, Boy

Band Review, began the

evening and the headliner,

MJ Live, a Michael

Jackson tribute concert,

followed prior to the fireworks.

“We try and find a

bridge for music that will

appeal to kids and adults,”

Amos said.

Adults enjoyed a food

and beverage area while

children took part in

games and other activities.

“What we designed

here was a family event,”

Amos said. “There’s really

something for you

whether you’re 5 years

old or 85 years old.”

The Friends of Lake

Forest Parks and Recreation

Foundation created

the volunteer-run festival

and fireworks event in

2006. Proceeds are used

to support the year-round

programs of the Lake Forest

Parks and Recreation


Guitarist Brian Bender of Boy Band Review jokes

around with audience member Brittany Suzuki, of

Bannockburn. photos by Claire Esker/22nd Century


Inna Welch (left), of Lake Forest, dances with Brittany

Tuzon (right), a native of Arizona, during Boy Band

Review’s performance.

“The great thing about

it is that the funds we

raise here will go toward

funding scholarships and

equipment for the Parks

and Recreation Department

for our community,”

Amos said. “In essence,

you come and have a great

time and the money we

make goes right back into

the community.”

Amos added that it

took a collaborative effort

between the Parks and

Recreation Department,

Streets and Sanitation Department,

the City of Lake

Forest, Lake Forest Police

and Fire Departments and

sponsors to put on the

event. The sponsors this

year were Fields Volvo of

Northfield, Fields Infiniti

Glencoe and Lake Forest

Bank and Trust.

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