• Megann Horstead

Patriotic pride abound in Romeoville


The scene on Romeo Road burst with pride and joy amongst a sea of people donning red, white and blue. Dozens celebrated Independence Day on July 3, at the Village of Romeoville’s annual celebration.

Kelly Rajzer, director of parks and recreation for the Village, said the turnout for the event was wonderful to see.

“It was huge,” she said. “It was probably our biggest one yet.”

Melissa DeJohn, of Romeoville, was one of many in attendance for the celebration, which featured kids activities, food and live entertainment.

“My neighbors come, we like the bands, all the people and the food,” she said. “We like to do this kind of stuff. It’s fun.”

DeJohn said it’s nice seeing how the event brings the community together.

“You get to meet a bunch of different people,” she said. “I haven’t lived here that long, so it’s nice to get to know everybody.”

DeJohn added that it’s good to know that people can put aside their differences this time of year.

David Dabrowski, of Romeoville, was also there for the celebration, spending time with his family. This year was their first time attending the event.

“We didn’t have plans this year ourselves, so we came out here and (we’re) having a good time,” he said.

Dabrowski noted all the food and activities made available to them. The event in Romeoville had all makings for a wonderful Independence Day celebration, in part, because there’s “good friends, good food, good company and good times,” he said.

Christina Farr, of Bolingbrook, and her family were on hand for the festivities. Her children were donning red, white and blue outfits. She said they always enjoy attending the nearby celebration.

“The fireworks are really good and the kids really enjoy it,” she said. “They have all the jumping things for the girls. They really enjoy all the free activities in the park.”

Farr and her family have attended the celebration in Romeoville the last four years. She said it’s nice how the event brings people together.

“Everybody comes together for one main reason,” Farr said. “I think it’s just a common ground for everybody.”

The evening concluded with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

James Majeski, of Homer Glen, was spending time with his grandchildren, and said he was enjoying his time spent there.

“It’s a great thing for the kids,” he said. “They got a nice little set up here.”

This year was his first time attending the event in Romeoville.

His daughter, Tamra Mitchel, of Romeoville, was also there for the celebration. She said it’s nice how the event aims to be family-friendly and provides a space for them to have a good time.

“The kids see some kids from school,” Mitchel said. “They’re just running around acting crazy.”

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