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AURORA READY TO CELEBRATE INDEPENDENCE DAY

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Aurora will showcase its patriotic spirit Wednesday, July 4 with a full-day of activities for the whole family with a parade, an afternoon of entertainment and the area’s biggest and best fireworks display.

Independence Day will begin with a downtown parade presented by the City of Aurora and Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84.

The event starts with a patriotic ceremony at 9:15 a.m. outside the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd.  The parade steps off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Benton and River streets, marches east to Broadway Avenue, north to Galena Boulevard and concludes heading west to Hoyt Place.  The parade’s best viewing area will be North Island Center, 8 E. Galena Blvd.

Warren “Red” Dixon Sr., 96, has been named the 2012 Aurora Independence Day Parade grand marshal.  After moving to Aurora when he was 8 years old, Dixon graduated from East Aurora High School in 1934 and served in the U.S. Navy in World War II.  He remains active with veteran programs including Honor Flight Chicago and the Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

Dixon started Dixon Realty on Lake Street in the 1960s and eventually moved his business to Farnsworth Avenue, helping develop the Molitor Road intersection by building Daisy’s Flower and Gifts.  He is the past president of the Aurora Board of Realtors and led the group to plant numerous trees along Lake Street and New York Street.

A dedicated citizen, Dixon has been involved with the Catholic Charities Foster Children, Light the Night, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, the Moose and is an honorary member of the Tiger Club.  He also started the youth football program at Annunciation Church and had volunteered as a coach in the Aurora/Naperville area for more than 30 years.

Dixon was married to his wife, Daisy, for 67 years, and the couple had two children, five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren with another expected this summer.  He also just passed his driving test to stay active in the community.

Groups scheduled to march in the parade include the American Legion Post 84 Band, East Aurora High School marching band and cheerleaders, the Waubonsee Steel Drum Band and many other community organizations, including local veteran groups and Scout troops.  Scott MacKay from 95.9 The River will serve as the pre-parade ceremony emcee and will join East Aurora School District 131 Director of Community Relations Clayton Muhammad on the south stage for parade announcements.  Former radio personality Ron Newman will be the parade announcer.

Aurora students were asked to design a poster for the Independence Day celebration, and Waubonsie Valley High School student Kauya Tiwan’s poster featuring the Bald Eagle and honoring Aurora’s 175th anniversary was selected as the winner.

The American Legion Post 84 and the City still are seeking volunteers to help out with the parade.  If you are interested in helping out, contact the City’s Community Services Department at             630-256-3400      .

 

The fun continues at 5 p.m. with the July 4th Fireworks Celebration at the Illinois Math & Science Academy (IMSA), 1500 Sullivan Road. The event is being sponsored by the City of Aurora and the Village of North Aurora along with the support from Aurora Central Catholic High School, the Fox Valley Park District and IMSA.  The entertainment stage sponsor is HR Green.

 

The entertainment schedule includes:

·        5 to 9 p.m. – Free inflatables and rides for children 12 and under

·        5 to 10 p.m. – Local food vendors

·        5:30 to 6:15 p.m.  – Bradley Keven Green Band

·        6 to 7:30 p.m. – Aurora Historical Society activities and games

·        6:30 to 7:45 p.m. – American Legion Post 84 Band

·        8 to 9:30 p.m. – Captains of Industry

·        9:30 p.m. – Fireworks

 

The Independence Day fireworks display will be simulcast to music for the first time courtesy of 95.9 FM The River.

 

With parking near the school being limited, residents are strongly encouraged to arrive early or use the free shuttle bus service.

 

Parking will be available at the Illinois Math & Science Academy; Aurora Central Catholic High School, 1255 N. Edgelawn Drive; Hyundai, 1705 Sequoia Drive; Life Storage, 1650 N. Randall Road; Kraft/Excel, 1700 N. Edgelawn Drive; Fox Valley Park District’s Vaughan Athletic Center, 2121 W. Indian Trail Road; and Rosary High School, 901 N. Edgelawn Drive.  Handicapped parking is available at the Illinois Math & Science Academy, Aurora Central Catholic High School and Randall Park, 1500 W. Indian Trail Road.

 

The park and ride shuttle service runs continuously from 6 to 9 p.m. providing roundtrip transportation at seven locations. The shuttles will resume service after the fireworks display with the latest departure scheduled for 10:45 p.m. The shuttle parking locations include:

 

Blue Route: Indian Trail and Orchard roads

·        Home Depot, 1250 N. Orchard Road

·        Party City/Office Depot, 2302 W. Indian Trail Road

 

Red Route: Galena Boulevard

·        West Aurora Plaza, 1901 W. Galena Blvd.

·        West Aurora High School, 1201 W. New York St.

 

Green Route: Lake Street and Indian Trail Road

·        Cermak Fresh Markets, 1250 N. Lake St.

·        Provena Mercy Medical Center Outpatient Lot, 1325 N. Highland Ave.

 

Purple Route: Orchard Gateway at Hansen Boulevard

·        Woodman’s Market, 151 Hansen Blvd., North Aurora

 

Lawn chairs and small hand-held coolers are permitted at the fireworks festivities.  Large coolers, alcohol and smoking are prohibited on the shuttle buses.  Aurora police officers will be writing citations for anyone possessing or setting off illegal fireworks at the event.

 

For more information on the parade or fireworks program, visit the City’s website at www.aurora-il.org.

 

 

 

Aurora lista para celebrar el Día de la Independencia

Aurora exhibirá su espíritu patriótico el miércoles 4 de julio con un día completo de actividades para toda la familia, donde habrá un desfile, una tarde de entretenimiento y los mejores fuegos artificiales en un  área de visualización más grande.

El Día de la Independencia se iniciará con un desfile que será presentado por la Ciudad de Aurora y el Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84.

El evento comienza con una ceremonia patriótica a las 9:15 am frente al Teatro Paramount, ubicado en el 23 E. del Galena Blvd. El desfile iniciará a las 10 de la mañana en la esquina de las calles Benton y River, de allí se marcha al Este hasta la Avenida Broadway, por esta al norte hasta el Galena Blvd. y concluyendo el recorrido en la Hoyt Place. El lugar recomendado para ver mejor el desfile será en el North Island Center, situado en el 8 E. del Galena Blvd.

Warren “Red” Dixon Sr. ha sido nombrado Gran mariscal del Desfile de la Independencia Aurora 2012. Después de mudarse a Aurora cuando tenía 8 años de edad, Dixon se graduó de la escuela East Aurora High en 1934, sirvió en la Marina de Estados Unidos en la Segunda Guerra Mundial y aun se mantiene activo con los programas de veteranos tales como Honor Flight Chicago y el Fox Valley Veterans Breakfast Club.

Dixon ha sido un ciudadano dedicado y ha estado involucrado con organizaciones tales como Catholic Charities Foster Children, Light the Night, Aurora Chamber of Commerce, Elks Club, Knights of Columbus, the Moose y es miembro honorario del Tiger Club. También comenzó el programa de fútbol juvenil en la Iglesia de la Anunciación y ha sido entrenador voluntario en el área de Aurora / Naperville desde hace más de 30 años.

Algunos de los grupos que ya están confirmados como participantes del desfile son: American Legion Post 84 Band, East Aurora High School Marching Band y Cheerleaders, Waubonsee Steel Drum Band y muchas organizaciones comunitarias, incluyendo grupos de veteranos locales y tropas de niños exploradores.

Los organizadores del evento, el Municipio de Aurora y el Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 siguen buscando voluntarios para ayudar con el desfile. Si usted está interesado en ayudar, póngase en contacto con el Departamento de Servicios Comunitarios de la ciudad al (630) 256 3400.

La diversión proseguirá a las 5 de la tarde con la celebración de los fuegos artificiales del 4 de Julio en el Illinois Math & Science Academy (IMSA), ubicado en el 1500 de la Sullivan Road. El evento es patrocinado por los municipios de Aurora y de North Aurora, junto con el apoyo de Aurora Central Catholic High School, the Fox Valley Park District e IMSA.

El programa de entretenimiento incluye: de 5 a 9 pm – inflables y juegos mecánicos gratis para niños menores de 12 años. De 5 a 10 pm habrá vendedores de alimentos. De 5:30 a18:15  actuará la  Bradley Keven Green Band. De 6 a 7:30 pm – juegos y actividades de la Aurora Historical Society. De 6:30-19:45  actuará la American Legion Post 84 Banda. De 8 a 9:30 pm Captains of Industry  y a partir de las 21:30,  fuegos artificiales. El estacionamiento cercano a IMSA es limitado y se invita a los residentes del área a utilizar el servicio gratuito de autobús para asistir al evento. Sillas de jardín y pequeños refrigeradores portátiles están permitidas en el festival de fuegos artificiales.

Para obtener más información acerca del programa del desfile o el evento de los fuegos artificiales, visite el sitio web de la Ciudad: www.aurora-il.org.

 

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