Libertyville, Vernon Hills to hold fireworks
Updated: July 4, 2012 8:39AM
After consulting with the fire department, Libertyville Mayor Terry Weppler said the village decided to go ahead with the fireworks show July 4 because it believes it can be done safely since the shells are shot off over Butler Lake.
Weppler said their fireworks vendor will also use smaller shells this year and will change the angle of how shells are shot off to minimize any fire risk.
The Libertyville Band will perform at the Butler Lake Bandshell at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, followed by the fireworks display in the park, which is scheduled to start about 9:30 p.m.
The Vernon Hills July 4 fireworks show will start at approximately 9:30 p.m. in Century Park. Fireworks will be shot off over Big Bear Lake and Little Bear Lake. The Vernon Hills Park District will sponsor live entertainment in the park prior to the show between 6:30 and 9:30 p.m.
Mundelein decided to cancel its annual Fourth of July fireworks display due to concerns about a potential fire hazard.
Mundelein officials cited the extremely dry weather conditions and the potential for high winds as the reason for canceling Wednesday’s fireworks show. Officials made the decision after discussions with Mundelein fire safety personnel and a representative of the fireworks company, Pyrotecnico, Inc.
“The Village of Mundelein fireworks display is very close to a heavily populated and wooded residential subdivision which greatly increased the concerns for public safety. The risk of fire from falling cinders was a serious concern,” a village press release stated.
A fireworks reschedule date has yet to be determined.
Mundelein’s Fourth of July outdoor concert featuring “Slamabama” will take place as scheduled at the Kracklauer Park gazebo from 7 to 9:30 p.m.