Happy Birthday, America! Here’s to a safe and thoughtful Independence Day. And cheers to everyone born on the 4th of July, including Jaycees bucket-shaker Al DeGeeter whose patriotic portraiture is now on the Century Walk mural along Rubins Way, just off Main Street in downtown Naperville.
NMB celebrates America’s birthday this Thursday!
As is tradition, the Naperville Municipal Band will perform the 1812 Overture, complete with Civil War cannons, during its “God Bless America” concert in conjunction with Independence Day.
This summer, the concert begins at 7:30PM Thurs., July 5, in Central Park, located in downtown Naperville between Benton and Jefferson.
Bench seating is available. Many families and friends bring picnics or take-out from one of the downtown restaurants, then spread out through Central Park on blankets and their own lawn chairs.
NWC Ice Cream Social
This week’s Ice Cream Social in the Gazebo will be sponsored by the Naperville Woman’s Club. NWC organizers said homemade fruit pies, other goodies and cold pop will be available for purchase.
The free weekly summer concert series is held on Thursday evenings through Aug. 16. Every week a different nonprofit organization hosts the Ice Cream Social.
Next week, July 12, the concert will present the NMB Alumni Band in “Old Timer’s Night,” with guest conductor James Christensen. The Ice Cream Social will be sponsored by HOPE United Church of Christ.
NWC Fine Art Fair is July 14 & 15
In a related note, the Naperville Woman’s Club also will host its 53rd Fine Art Fair at Naper Settlement from 10AM-5PM, July 14 and 15.
Throughout the summer, Naperville residents and welcomed visitors enjoy a wide variety of outdoor concerts and special events, many with free admission. Now if the heat and humidity would just ease up a bit.
Last Fling is Aug. 31-Sept 3
Going forward, DeGeeter’s artistic likeness in the mural “Naperville Loves a Parade” helps to promote the Naperville Jaycees Last Fling Labor Day Parade on Sept. 3. The Jaycees Last Fling, a four-day family fun festival, runs Aug. 31 through Sept. 3 along Jackson Ave. and the Riverwalk toward Rotary Hill.