No fourth of July for Oak Park, IL due to COVID-19

The Fourth of July parade and fireworks has been cancelled!

Due to COVID-19 and the social distancing rules that we know residents will not obey there will not be a parade nor fireworks. Now is this really an issue?

I mean does freedom need to be celebrated with blowing up shit, shooting guns in the air and walking down a tight ass street up someone’s ass? Nah. The Fourth is just a day. America is us. We do not need a parade or fireworks to prove it.

This is the article regarding no Fourth of July:

Happy Fourth of July!

Try to stay cool and dry, traffic is already hitting its stride and becoming congested. I loathe this type of traffic because it makes getting through the village of Oak Park, Il even worse. But the good smells of Barbeque and freedom should hopefully lessen the blow of the yucky ass traffic of Oak Park, Il. I will try to go to my happy place (not a bar) in my mind and think of the great things I have to be thankful for.
If I find myself having the urge to bitch or shout at a slow ass driver, I will do so with a smile today and maybe add in a “Happy 4th!” at the end. No matter how the day turns out I will make sure that I will get some barbeque in my system even if I have to burn every hotdog in a ten mile radius. Oh I will also but out of the village too, so the day will be a win-win. I have the day off, Friday too (four day weekend), then free food at the family barbeque and time away from one of the jerkiest suburbs in the Chicagoland area!
Win-win. Happy Fourth of July!

Oak Park, IL -Fourth of July: Best place for actual fireworks in this area is in Berwyn, not Oak Park, Il

Oh Man, I as I said in a previous post I hope Oak Park, Il had a better fourth of July parade. Mainly when you think of Fourth of July you think of “fireworks” that is not in the competencies of Oak Park, IL. The video I posted on should show it is great for kids and that is about it. Not for drivers, adults (well maybe pedo bears) but not the explosiveness display most people like to see. Well, I did not go this year because of that, in fact, I went to my friend Sarah’s place in Berwyn, because Berwyn, Il has fireworks!

We were on the rooftop of her apartment building watching a clear view of the fireworks from Morton High School on Harlem Ave. I think she took video stingy ass. I was getting lit and trying not to fall off the damn roof. But it was a better alternative than running all the way to downtown Chicago or being with a ton of kids and pedos trying to get my drink on.

Therefore if you want to see a really Fourth of July celebration and see fireworks but do not want to get shot in Chi-Iraq I recommend this avenue of celebration INSTEAD of the one in Oak Park, IL if you are of the grown-up variety, Got kids though? stay in Oak Park, IL

Please note: I do know Oak Park, IL has fireworks at their high school as well, but I am factoring in also the times that were given: 7 pm (Berwyn) vs dusk-ish (Oak Park, IL); then adding the factors of traffic and transportation and things to do in that area afterwards. Oak Park, Il is really lacking in those areas I have mentioned in the latter.

Happy Fourth of July from Oak Park, IL

Happy 4th of July! I will be taking suggestions of what to write and I will blog further and comment upon articles about Oak Park, Il on other websites in which I have previously commented on. I think that after starting this blog and the multiple web pages regarding the negative underbelly of Oak Park, IL I thought I would be a singular voice but alas I am not! I have found multiple voices out there ranting about the same thing(s) that I usually am.


Whether it is parking issues, ignorant neighbors, irresponsible dog owners, etc., there are people out there that do not accept the craziness given to them by Oak Park, IL and have exercised their free right to freedom of speech on the internet. Many have sacrificed to allow people like me to have the right of dissent and to break down areas of pure bullshit like Oak Park, IL and the idyllic stupidity or atmosphere they are trying to display for the masses.


I wish all of you a happy 4th of July, and hopefully one day we will all be able to park anywhere we want in Oak Park, Il not because common sense will prevail, but because this is America!


Below is a link to some patriotic music (I do not own) on that’s can stir the patriotic juices.


Happy Birthday, America!


American flag wallpaper from:

Fourth of July parade in Oak Park, IL

Hey just in case you want to take in the Oak Park, Il Fourth of July parade that is on the 4th at 10 am click on the link below for more information. That post briefly goes into where the parade starts and ends, the parade starts at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street.

The fireworks or fireworks display is when the fuck ever “dusk” is, and in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School.

Click here for the tons of information that is provided by the village of Oak Park, IL (that is sarcasm) link on the link for the marvelous job the poster of this information did:

Oak Park, IL blog progress

Hey, gang, I am working on a couple of blogs right now. I am currently working on a jazzier Fourth of July post one more adult, plus I have about five posts for the Halloween season ready basically because Oak Park, IL is so humdrum it sucks. A couple more links and stuff will be in the post so that it will be more interactive, of course, the videos of the parade are still out there on YouTube from last year for the Fourth of July, but what the hell I want to make it fun.

I still have security issues with this fucking apartment just soooo idiotic how shit is done here. If the main door to the lobby does not lock properly at anywhere else the Gold Coast to Forest Park all I have to do is email the management company or landlord and bamm they would come take care of.

But can you imagine having problems with the main lobby, secondary lobby, apartment front and back doors all at the same time?? Yeah, total clusterfuck with GreenPlan management (oak park apartments). Still waiting……. Weeks later.

Plus, I talked to a friend of mine (Sarah) I think I mentioned her in one of my posts she actually escaped Oak Park, IL about writing about her Oak Park experiences here on this blog. Yes, I am enlisting!!!! Because as Sarah said to me once, “Oak Park, IL is a soul sucking, soul draining experience..” HA!

With wordsmithing like that I will happily wait for her to write whatever for this blog (within reason), seeing that most of the people I talk to about Oak Park, have a seething hatred for it, Sarah included, therefore I cannot wait to add her thoughts on here.

Oak Park, IL’s Fourth of July parade

Ah Oak Park. IL your 4th of July parade was unexpected and very underwhelming. Do not get me wrong this was great for kids, families and that kind of thing but it was like a homecoming parade in scale and fanfare than anything else. I believe this parade may have been mentioned in the Oak Park, IL newsletter, you know one of those multipage flyers no one really looks at, but I was taken by surprised that it was occurring.

As I stated there was no fanfare or mention on local Television stations regarding the parade which is great for the exclusive Oak Park, IL (non-social) residents but does nothing for those who are trying to travel into and out of the area, whether they are residents or just passing through. Plus, there was only a small part (I saw at least) or entry where veterans were represented and participated I wish there was more, since they helped keep this freedom of expression still possible.

If you were trying to see what businesses that were open in Oak Park, IL on the fourth and there were quite a few, you would have the headache of driving around Oak Park, IL to get pass this parade on Ridgeland avenue. There were no signs reminding people there was a parade nor, were there any signs stating that the parade was going on at blockade points on the various side streets. This would have been a great chance to promote Oak Park, IL and its local businesses, giving times of the parade and the old where it starts plus where it ends would give residents (who have other things to do) and visitors to Oak Park, IL the needed information to either join in enjoying this parade or simply navigate around it without getting a headache.

This is classic Organization Development 101 telling the people what is going on is essential for any event, product, etc., to become a success, it also helps the participants of such events increase their visibility too. Instead of engineering an event that looked like a parade for one of the local high school’s winning a national championship.

I do have to point out that many local businesses were out there being promoted -YES! This the kind of thing that needs to be done here in Oak Park, IL giving these businesses a push in the right direction and telling the residents who knew about this parade and attended a chance to “see” what businesses are out there. Most of the tie we are all so busy that we pass by a place and state “that is interesting” in your heads, but never go in. This type of event strokes that curiosity pushing the individual to actually patronize the business or at least walk into the door. Giving the business a face and humanity helps in bringing in customers.

At the parade, this on a basic level some of the signs were very professional and others were on poster board. There was candy thrown to children from these businesses without any type of logo or branding on it that I saw from the ones I picked up off the ground. No, I did NOT eat candy off the ground I picked it up because I wanted to see if there was a logo, really! This was a good attempt on Oak Park, IL to promote businesses by alas it was a failure, there was no uniformity when it came to the businesses’ signs.

Which is really crazy when you think about it, this is the village that will spend about 133k on updating the signage around here, but cannot help or set requirements for this parade to make it an effective promotional tool for these business participants. Also the fact that the candy was thrown, not given or handed to only children, not us sugar loving adults, did not help. Handing promotional material to adults who are the ones who would spend money in these businesses that are participating in the parade is essential, it cements the connection at the event between the business and potential customer.

Although it was very blah, it was an attempt but I am not one of these new age fools who gives out awards to everyone who participates, either you succeed or you are forgotten. This was a fourth of July parade that besides surprising me by its existence and all the trouble it gave me to get around, the event itself was very forgettable.

Please note I did think I saw Chicago anti-violence activist, Andrew Holmes there, on the east side of the parade, I am not sure why, but I have seen him multiple times on TV and I am pretty sure it was him. Again, everything else about this parade was memorable, nothing exciting or make me tell my neighbors, family or friends,” hey see you at the parade…” not at all.

Has anyone else experienced this “blah” or underwhelming effort at other Fourth of July parades or was it just that this event organized by Oak Park, IL was so bad?


I have videos as well:

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Update 202 of the OakPark, IL blog status

I guess the scheduled posts are not coming out as they are suppose to, on I was hoping for a little rest, and to develop a schedule for  the blog. Alas, I guess not, but I actually been writing other posts for this particular blog and others.

I was surprised by the Fourth of July parade here in Oak Park, IL and I wrote about that, and the upcoming Hemingway celebrations wrote about that as well! I also took a few original pictures for each post and the blog itself. You know, trying to be original here while speaking my mind.

There are a few blogs I have followed on here from Running to Organization Development to Fitness, they all have great opinion pieces and advice on them, so I  highly recommend to check them out as well. Meanwhile, I will work on getting this scheduling thing down pat asap.