ST. CHARLES – The annual St. Charles Fourth of July celebration includes activities throughout the day, ending with a fireworks extravaganza that will best be seen from Pottawatomie Park and Ferson Creek Park.
Ferson Creek Park is on Route 31, east of Wildrose Springs Drive, St. Charles.
Pottawatomie Park, at North Avenue and North Second Avenue in St. Charles, will open at 8 a.m. Thursday with picnic tables available on a first-come, first-served basis.
In order to handle the larger volume of traffic expected over the Fourth of July holiday near Pottawatomie Park, officials have posted parking and traffic restrictions on several streets.
According to a news release from the St. Charles Police Department, parking restrictions will be in place Thursday on North Second Avenue from Iroquois Avenue to Main Street; on North Third Avenue from Johnor Avenue to Main Street; and on Iroquois Avenue, Bent Avenue, Fulton Avenue, Park Avenue, Chestnut Avenue, State Avenue, Cedar Avenue and North Fourth Avenue in the areas surrounding the park.
Additionally, parking restrictions will extend to North Second Street, from Main Street north to the city limits.
Vehicles parked in designated no-parking zones will be towed.
City officials will be posted at key intersections on Fifth Avenue and Main Street to assist pedestrians and vehicle traffic after the fireworks show.
No left-turn signs will be posted and in effect for southbound traffic on North Second and Third Avenues at Main Street until traffic is cleared from the park and surrounding areas.
City officials are not allowing people to view the fireworks from the fifth level of the parking garage on First Street, nor from the bicycle bridge underneath the railroad trestle for safety reasons. The bicycle bridge will be closed at 9 a.m., but will reopen immediately after the fireworks display is over.
Long traffic delays are expected following the fireworks show, and city officials are encouraging drivers to consider alternative routes.
The St. Charles Police Department is also reminding motorists to always buckle up and don’t drink and drive. Extra patrols will be out through the end of this weekend to catch drivers who drink or don’t wear a seat belt.