More than 1,000 people attended a concert by City Lights Orchestra in Orland Park. The village has a week of events for Independence Day. | Nick Swedberg/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: June 30, 2014 2:08AM
Eleven-year-old Sarah Limanowski rested her head on the back of her father, Joe, Sunday evening as an orchestra played golden oldies nearby in Centennial Park West
It has been a tradition for the Limanowskis on Mokena over the last 10 years to visit Orland Park for the Fourth of July
“We come back every year for the fireworks,” said mom Barb Limanowski.
But on Sunday, the Limanowskis of Mokena were just looking for a place to relax on a lazy summer evening when they came to Centennial Park West near the Colette Highlands subdivision.
Conductor Rich Daniels and the City Lights Orchestra performed a free concert on Sunday at the park in Orland Park. The show touches off a week of events for the Fourth of July, leading up to Orland Park’s Independence Day fireworks celebration.
More than 1,000 people lounged in the grass at West Centennial Park in front of a stage. Most families sat in chairs or on blankets and listened to the band orchestra play. One family came prepared for dinner and set up a short table for a spread that included cheese, fruit and beverages.
The orchestral show, now in its third year in Orland Park, has folded into the village’s Fourth of July activities. With the concert, organizers aim to give families a fun summertime event. The animated Pixar movie Monsters University was tacked on to the end of the show for this year to give attendees an extra treat.
“We’re finding that people enjoy the concert and want to stay a little bit longer,” said Nancy Flores, Orland Park’s direction for recreation.
Two free concerts are put on at the Centennial Park West, including one Labor Day weekend, Flores said.
City Lights is a Chicago-area orchestra that has performed since 1974. It features a wide range of music and regularly tours across the country.
This week Centennial Park...
The Liberty Family Fun Run and Walk is set to start at 7 p.m. Thursday. The two-mile fun run and one-mile walk kicks off near the 153rd Street Metra station.
Runners and walkers of any age are welcome. Registration for the run is still open and costs $14 for residents and $20 for non-residents. The walk costs $8 for each resident and $12 for everyone else.
The band Final Say will perform from 7:15 to 9:15 p.m. at the park before the village’s huge Independence Day fireworks show on Friday.
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or call 708-403-7275.