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PHOTOS: House music, an auto show, and parade mark fourth of July weekend festivities citywide

Both the Harvey Park District and city officials treated residents to Independence Day events.

The Harvey Park District kicked off fourth of July with its seventh annual picnic at the Gloria Taylor Hall. City officials hosted a parade and carnival hours later. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
The Harvey Park District kicked off fourth of July with its seventh annual picnic at the Gloria Taylor Hall. City officials hosted a parade and carnival hours later. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis

Harvey was less than quiet last Saturday as residents reveled in the fourth of July festivities citywide.

The Harvey Park District hosted its seventh annual event that afternoon at the Gloria Taylor Hall, replete with face painting for children, an auto show, and even a Michael Jackson impersonator who shimmied and he-he’d to the sounds of Jackson’s classic tunes like “Thriller” and “Billie Jean.”

The roaring of motorbikes greeted residents as they entered the grounds of Gloria Taylor. House music blasted as residents relaxed in the sun with free BBQ and a mobile cigar lounge.

Hours later, city officials hosted the Independence Day parade—the first since Mayor Christopher J. Clark and this City Council took office in 2019—followed by a fireworks show that evening.

Laughter, residents scrambling for candy thrown from caravans, and cheers painted a much different picture of the Downtown Harvey area.

The caravan began at 153rd Street and Page Avenue, turned east on 154th Street before heading north on Broadway Avenue, where residents were treated to a carnival, which included food trucks and bouncy gyms.

That’s a shift from the parade’s route in prior years, which largely traversed 154th Street. That intersection is currently being renovated as part of the city’s sidewalk improvement project, which City Council approved earlier this year.

See photos of the joyous occasions here:

A Michael Jackson impersonator treated residents to kicks, hip thrusts, and spins that Jackson was known for as classics like "Rock With You" and "Billie Jean" blasted through nearby speakers. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
A Michael Jackson impersonator treated residents to kicks, hip thrusts, and spins that Jackson was known for as classics like "Rock With You" and "Billie Jean" blasted through nearby speakers. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
The Harvey Park District held an auto show long with a free BBQ replete with live music, bouncy gyms, and face painting. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
The Harvey Park District held an auto show long with a free BBQ replete with live music, bouncy gyms, and face painting. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Free hot dogs and hamburgers were made on-sight at the park district's festivities. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Free hot dogs and hamburgers were made on-sight at the park district's festivities. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Some residents found cool in the shade from the summer sun as they enjoyed House and R&B music. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Some residents found cool in the shade from the summer sun as they enjoyed House and R&B music. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Children enjoyed face painting at the park district's festivities. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Children enjoyed face painting at the park district's festivities. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
The Harvey Park District secured a cigar lounge for belvedere connoisseurs. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis.
The Harvey Park District secured a cigar lounge for belvedere connoisseurs. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis.
Chicago Ridge-based Windy City Ice Cream truck provided a cool treat during the carnival. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Chicago Ridge-based Windy City Ice Cream truck provided a cool treat during the carnival. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Harvey youth play in one of several bouncy gyms during the fourth of July carnival outside City Hall. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Harvey youth play in one of several bouncy gyms during the fourth of July carnival outside City Hall. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Mayor Christopher J. Clark greeted residents during the parade. HWH /Amethyst J. Davis
Mayor Christopher J. Clark greeted residents during the parade. HWH /Amethyst J. Davis
Onlookers took pictures to marvel in the city's first fourth of July parade in at least five years. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Onlookers took pictures to marvel in the city's first fourth of July parade in at least five years. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Youth from the Harvey Boxing Club walked in the parade. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Youth from the Harvey Boxing Club walked in the parade. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Riders from the Broken Arrow Horseback Riding Club come to a halt at 154th Street and Broadway Avenue. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Riders from the Broken Arrow Horseback Riding Club come to a halt at 154th Street and Broadway Avenue. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
The revered Jesse White Tumblers performed in the parade, flipping over a car much to the applause of onlookers. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
The revered Jesse White Tumblers performed in the parade, flipping over a car much to the applause of onlookers. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Mayor Terry Wells of sister-city Phoenix made an appearance during the parade. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis
Mayor Terry Wells of sister-city Phoenix made an appearance during the parade. HWH / Amethyst J. Davis

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