Families camp out early to enjoy Pleasantdale Park District fireworks in Burr Ridge

The Pleasantdale Park District did a brisk business for premiere parking passes for the July 3 fireworks display at Walker Park in Burr Ridge.

“It gets so crowded, it’s well worth it,” said Max Natanek, 18, of Hinsdale after paying for the $20 pass. “Last year, we ended up watching the fireworks from a ditch by a trucking depot.”

Natanek said he and his family enjoy bringing a picnic supper in the late afternoon and staking out a spot for a spectacular display.

“It’s a great scene,” he said.

Other families planned to purchase dinner from food vendors, including pizza, hot dogs, nachos, funnel cakes and sno-cones.

At the front desk, employee Bobbie Ceschke said a good turnout was anticipated. Organizers were grateful for a cool, but dry forecast, particularly after storms earlier in the week knocked out the park district’s computer system and phones.

Members of Boy Scout Troop 69 set up a patriotic table to sell tickets in the park district center lobby for the troop’s traditional pancake breakfast on the morning of July 4.

“I walk around and make sure everyone has what they want, like seconds,” said Jack Rohrbacher, 13, a troop member and eighth-grader at Pleasantdale Middle School. “I’m kind of like a waiter.”

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