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.
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:
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