Naperville Now 07-03-17

Fireworks Tonight

Today is the final day for Ribfest, and it’s ending with a bang. The Naperville Exchange Club will send up their fireworks tonight starting at 9:30 p.m. in Knoch Park, with the show expected to run almost 30 minutes. You can tune into 95.9 The River to hear a musical simulcast during the fireworks show. And to top off the festivities, general admission to Ribfest is free after 7:30 p.m. tonight.

Drive Sober

And if you are celebrating this Fourth of July, remember to do so responsibly. The Naperville Police are once again participating in the Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign, conducting extra patrols in an effort to stop drunk drivers. From 2011 to 2015, 39 percent of vehicle crash fatalities over the July Fourth holiday were a result of alcohol-impaired driving. Police remind the public it’s imperative to designate a sober driver, and do not let friends drink and drive.

Head Banging World Record

The City of Aurora and RiverEdge Park are attempting to break a Guinness World Record for “Most People Head Banging Simultaneously” before their fireworks show tomorrow night. As part of their six-month Wayne’s World 25th anniversary celebration, Aurora needs over 320 people to break the record, but is hoping for 1,000, to head bang as the Fox Valley Orchestra plays “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

7-on-7 Tournament

Wheaton Warrenville South played host to over 30 teams in one of the country’s premier 7-on-7 football tournaments this weekend. Five of our local teams participated, hoping to develop chemistry before the start of the season. Metea Valley went 2 and 4 on the day as the Mustangs look to develop a new starting quarterback. Neuqua Valley finished 4 and 4, but the Wildcats picked up their play late in the day, advancing to the quarterfinals. Naperville Central went 4 and 3 behind Metea Valley transfer Payton Thorne, who will line up under center for the Redhawks this fall. Naperville North had a strong day, finishing 7 and 2, advancing all the way to the semi finals for the 2nd straight year. Waubonsie Valley also played its way to the semi finals before falling to eventual champion, St. Charles North. The Warriors ended their day with an impressive 7-1 and 1 record.

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