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Cary celebrates the Fourth with music, fireworks

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  • Alex Stanco on lead vocals and drums and Buddy Wiegelman on lead guitar, both of Fox River Grove, play to fans big and little Thursday during the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park. The band, which includes Lisa Lamanna of Kildeer and Bob Osters of Hoffman Estates, not shown, plays often summer concert series.

       Alex Stanco on lead vocals and drums and Buddy Wiegelman on lead guitar, both of Fox River Grove, play to fans big and little Thursday during the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park. The band, which includes Lisa Lamanna of Kildeer and Bob Osters of Hoffman Estates, not shown, plays often summer concert series.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Meredith Levine, 7, of Cary rocks out to what she says is her favorite musical group, Alex and The Allstars, during the Cary Summer Celebration Thursday at Lions Park. The band brought several tambourines so kids could play along with them.

       Meredith Levine, 7, of Cary rocks out to what she says is her favorite musical group, Alex and The Allstars, during the Cary Summer Celebration Thursday at Lions Park. The band brought several tambourines so kids could play along with them.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Frank Ahern of Niles waits for the concert and fireworks to start Thursday at the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park. Ahern came with Kay Cooms of Palatine and her daughter, Amy Arnieri of Cary.

       Frank Ahern of Niles waits for the concert and fireworks to start Thursday at the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park. Ahern came with Kay Cooms of Palatine and her daughter, Amy Arnieri of Cary.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Crowds listen to Alex and The Allstars band Thursday during the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park. Crowds gathered early to listen to music and stayed for fireworks.

       Crowds listen to Alex and The Allstars band Thursday during the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park. Crowds gathered early to listen to music and stayed for fireworks.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Alex Stanco of Fox River Grove is on lead vocals and drums for the Alex and The Allstars band while they play at the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park on Thursday, July 3. The band covers 70s and 80s music.

       Alex Stanco of Fox River Grove is on lead vocals and drums for the Alex and The Allstars band while they play at the Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park on Thursday, July 3. The band covers 70s and 80s music.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • William Wendt, 3, of Island Lake runs circles around his mother, Amanda Wendt, and her boyfriend, Bryan McCaffrey of Crystal Lake, while they listen to the Alex and The Allstars at the Cary Summer Celebration Thursday at Lions Park on Thursday. The trio planned to stick around for the fireworks show, too.

       William Wendt, 3, of Island Lake runs circles around his mother, Amanda Wendt, and her boyfriend, Bryan McCaffrey of Crystal Lake, while they listen to the Alex and The Allstars at the Cary Summer Celebration Thursday at Lions Park on Thursday. The trio planned to stick around for the fireworks show, too.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 
 

The Cary Summer Celebration at Lions Park in Cary drew large crowds to the pre-Fourth of July event, hosted by the Cary Park District, on Thursday night.

Families and friends gathered on blankets and lawn chairs as they listened to the 70s and 80s tunes covered by local band, Alex and The AllStars, and munched on snacks. Children danced on the lawn and shook tambourines provided by the band.

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Chris Betz of Cary organized a small group of friends, saying she planned to make it a Ravinia-type celebration of listening to music and bringing a cooler. She even brought a trio of red, white, and blue balloons to decorate their mini picnic table.

"I like it because it's close to home;(it's) very family-friendly," said Chris Zaruba of Cary, one of Betz's friends. "It's just a nice way to celebrate the holiday."

Zaruba gave the fireworks show high marks.

"I came last year, and I was really impressed," she said.

For information about Cary Park District events, visit carypark.com.

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