DECATUR — The Decatur Park District on Wednesday released details about parking and traffic flow around Nelson Park and Lakeshore Landing during
Fourth of July activities.
Free parking is available off of Pavilion Drive, near the Devon Lakeshore Amphitheater and at East Lakeshore Drive/South 22nd Street at Cantrell Street in the park.
Portions of East Lakeshore and Nelson Boulevard in the park will be limited to pedestrian traffic on event nights. Those parking near the Devon will be directed to the north to Nelson and Route 36; those on the west side of park will go to 22nd.
Park police will be directing traffic.
Activities on Thursday include the Staley Red White & Blue run-walk at the Overlook Adventure Park starting at 7:30 a.m. and music starting at 10 a.m. at the Devon Amphitheater. Fireworks on Lake Decatur are at dusk.
GALLERY: 🎆 Independence Day photos from the Herald & Review archives
Liberty and son
1990: Dan Schuster of Decatur, dressed as the Statue of Liberty, talks with his 14-month-old son, Drew, after the pair completed the 4-mile Staley Firecracker Run Wednesday. "This is the second year Drew finished three feet in front of me," says Schuester.
A sparkling lasso
1985: Kris Becker, 13, gave her sister, Katie, 3, a preview Wednesday night of tonight's activities celebrating the nation's birthday. They are the children of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Becker of 2355 W. Forest Ave. For those photographically inclined, this shot may be similarly taken by using Tri-X film rated at 800, mounting the camera on a tripod, and setting the aperture at f 16 and the shutter speed on bulb. The shutter is then opened, the flash unit is discharged manually while the action is in progress, and the shutter is then released.
Tug of war
1973: Tug of war fun on the fourth.
1989: Decatur Recreation Department's Greg Collingwood fires the starting gun for Tuesday's 240 Firecracker runners.
Fourth of July fun
1990: Fourth of July
1979: These children, and others who will be setting off fireworks to celebrate Independence Day today, are risking not only injury but a visit from police. Exploding of fireworks, except in a public display authorized by permit, with authorized supervision, is illegal in Illinois.
1973: The mudhole claims its victims during the tug-of-war contest Wednesday in Nelson Park
1973: One of several rock bands to perform in Nelson Park Wednesday fills the large pavilion with music during the Fourth of July celebration
1991: Jaron Lewis, 14 months, helps honor his mother.
1991: After being among the parade marshals, soldiers Daniel McQuality, Decatur, and Darrin Worsfold, Peoria, enjoyed the action
1991: Bronze Star recipient Mike Malcom and wife Brenda received lots of cheers during the parade.
1983: A close couple walks past the many cars parked in the area for the July 4th festivities.
1975: Swetts Battery members fired their canon intermittently during the festivities
1976: The most important event of the day for many people may have been the sight of the American flag, which helps symbolize what Independence Day means and what the Bicentennial is about.
1981: Tom Potter and Cathi Cooper were among hundreds of persons in a candle-lighting ceremony Sunday night midway through the Decatur Jaycees' fireworks display at Nelson Park. Area residents were given candles in return for a donation and lighted them in a show of patriotism. The ceremony was on a hillside just below the former Joyland area of the park.
1990: Jack Franklin secures a flag on his Lovington front porch.
A good seat
1987: After rains scattered the crowd, a couple grabbed a good seat early Sunday evening to watch Decatur's fireworks program.
Parade of flags
1989: Marcus Coleman, 17, inserts one of some 100 flags that were put up Friday in downtown Decatur to celebrate the Fourth of July. This shot was taken at Franklin and William streets.
1977: A hot Fourth of July
1984: Natalie Swartz of Springfield had an eye on Old Glory at Vietnam Veterans Memorial rally.