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Grayslake Plans Family Picnic and Fireworks

The 15th annual Taste of Grayslake and Fireworks Display, scheduled for June 30, promises something for everyone.

Games, rides, music, shopping, food and fireworks will cover Central Park Saturday, June 30 for Grayslake’s 15th annual Family Picnic and Fireworks Display.

The festivities will begin at 3 p.m. and run through 9:30 p.m. and include:

  • 3 - 8 p.m. Children’s rides and games
  • 3 – 6 p.m. Music by Memory Makers DJ Service
  • 5 - 9 p.m. Professional face painting from 5 to 9 p.m.
  • 6 - 9 p.m. Balloon animals
  • 6 – 9:30 p.m. Music by World Class Noise
  • DUSK - Fireworks

Tickets for the children’s activities, along with wristbands for unlimited rides and games will be available for purchase at the event. Only cash is accepted. 

Pack your own picnic, purchase something from the 13 local food vendors and shop at more than a dozen business and craft booths.

“This is our really fun event of the year,” said Tracy Putkonen of the . “It’s nice to see the entire community come together. We have entire neighborhoods meet for the fireworks.”

With an expected 6,000 people on the Central Park grounds, visitors can park at Grayslake Central High School or the Grayslake Middle School.

Parking lots at the skate park and the Grayslake Library will also be open, however visitors in those lots will have to wait until the area is cleared following the fireworks presentation before returning to their vehicles.

Putkonen said the Aquatic Center parking lot is for Aquatic Center patrons only, not for festival visitors.

The playground, splash pad, shelter and pavilion and disc golf holes 6 through 9 will be closed Saturday for the festival.

The event is free and open to the public. The 15th annual Family Picnic and Fireworks is organized by the , Grayslake Area Chamber of Commerce and the .

Amy McCully June 21, 2012 at 02:13 PM
Come check us out! Two of the girls from Paris Hair Design (Grayslake) will be there with a booth. Fun new hair trends for this festive event!!! We'll be accepting credit/debit cards as well!
Ted Newman June 21, 2012 at 02:19 PM
Article States: ...visitors can park at Grayslake North High School or the Grayslake Middle School. It should say Grayslake Central High School.
Marcia Watts Sagendorph June 22, 2012 at 03:14 AM
Ted, you are right! Central is the place to park. North would be a bit of a hike. Thanks!

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