June 18 – Activities, games, concerts and a fireworks display will make for a family-friendly Independence Day at multiple Decatur Park District facilities.
The “Shake the Lake Concert” featuring Best of Summer Stock preview performances and Central Illinois party band Fun DMC will start at 5 p.m. in the “horseshoe” parking lot at Nelson Park, followed by a 20-minute fireworks display over Lake Decatur beginning at approximately 9 o’clock.
The Staley Firecracker Road Run/Walk gets the day started with the Kids Run beginning at 7:30 a.m., followed by the race at 8 o’clock. Check in goes from 6:30-7:15 a.m. at the Snack Shack, with a race day registration fee of $21 for the Kids Run and $31 for the Run/Walk. The race will start at the new stop sign at the bottom of Pavilion Drive.
Scovill Zoo will offer free carousel rides with paid admission. The zoo will be open from 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., with the last admission at 5 p.m.
The Overlook Adventure Park will have a Family & Friends Special on miniature golf, with a group of four playing for $20. The course is open from 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
The Fairview Family Aquatic Center will have its 4th of July Bash with pool games and prizes from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Open swim costs $4 per person.
People attending the concerts and fireworks show should be aware of adjusted traffic patterns and road closures. Lost Bridge Road and Route 36 are no parking areas, while East Cantrell Street in Nelson Park is permanently closed east of the Snack Shack.
Aside from temporary rerouting during the road run from 7-10 a.m., normal traffic patterns will be in effect most of the day. Exiting traffic after the fireworks show should proceed as follows:
- All traffic from the Pier 36 lot, the Boat House lot, and the roadway west to Chandler Park will exit to the west onto Long Bridge Road at the Chandler Park entrance
- All traffic from Lakefront Road, the Beach House lot, and the Nelson Park Dog Park lot will go west on to East Cantrell and turn north on 22nd Street.
- Traffic along Nelson Boulevard will be directed north to Route 36. Northbound vehicles should consider using side streets to the west to avoid delays at the Route 36 stoplight.
People should understand that short delays and slight detours will ease the waiting time to exit the area.
Additionally, the Administrative Offices, DISC, and Poage Arts & Recreation Center will be closed. Golf courses will open at 6 a.m.