Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park is spacing seating arrangements for the season debut "Concerts on the Hill" on Thursday, which will put groups farther apart than in this concert from a bygone summer.
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park is spacing seating arrangements for the season debut "Concerts on the Hill" on Thursday, which will put groups farther apart than in this concert from a bygone summer.

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Two summertime outdoor traditions in Joliet return this week in time for the Independence Day weekend.

The first “Concerts on the Hill” will be at Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park on Thursday, and Joliet will have its annual fireworks on Saturday.

Putting on the fireworks show amid the uncertainty of the COVID-19 pandemic is important, said Jen Howard, president of the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

“It’s the 74th annual fireworks celebration by the city,” Howard said. “It’s a big number. It’s a time when our community can come together and celebrate, and have a little fun without the doom and gloom.”

Memorial Stadium will not be open to fireworks spectators this year. But people can use the east and west parking lots outside the stadium to view the show.

Many people in Joliet have traditional spots outside the stadium.

The parking lots open at 5 p.m., and the show starts at 9:20 p.m.

Likewise, the return of “Concerts on the Hill” comes with some new accommodations due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m.

The grass seating area on the park hill will be marked with circles to keep groups six feet apart. People are asked to reserve spots by calling the park office at 815-724-3761 or emailing bipark@joliet.gov.

Popcorn, beverages and a cash bar will be available. The audience is asked to wear masks and keep six feet apart when getting in lines.

The Rat Pack Swooners will perform along with Just Us, who will provide nostalgic music from the decades of the 1040s through the 1980s.

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