Peoria Park District Hosts Fireworks One Night Early

By Joe Bennett

July 3, 2011 Updated Jul 3, 2011 at 10:53 PM CDT

If you've made other plans for the 4th of July evening, then the 3rd was your night to see fireworks at the Glen Oak Amphitheater.

The Peoria Park District traditionally hosts a fireworks show the night before Independence Day each year.

This year about 10,000 people were expected at the amphitheater with about 30,000 throughout the park.

Families were entertained by the Community Children's Theater, Peoria Ballet and Peoria Municipal Band as a pre-show.

"We have the running joke that we celebrate the 3rd of July here at this facility." says Peoria Park District Coordinator Jodi McDuffee. "It's kind of our first even to help celebrate the fourth. The zoo and down at the riverfront have lots of activities I'm sure going on tomorrow for families."

The King family from Washington made it out for tonight's weekend celebration.

Brian King says they reserve the fourth for family night, so they regularly come out for fireworks the night before.

"It's a way to remember our nation and what we've always gone through and it's kind of a nice way to remember military and everything this country has served."

The fireworks display set off at dusk to a show timed with music.

The display lasted about 20 minutes.

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