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Thousands flock to Glen Oak Park for Park District's fireworks show

PEORIA, Ill - Thousands came out to Glen Oak Park in Peoria to enjoy this year's fireworks show.

Upon arrival to the park you were greeted with dozens of food vendors, games, and you could even visit the Zoo or the Peoria Playhouse for $5 dollars.

This year's fireworks show was monumental for Peoria's Park District. The decision to end the fireworks had been discussed earlier this year due to the Park District's budget.

Ultimately the district decided to continue having the show but to help fund it those who drove to Glen Oak were required to pay $5 dollars for parking.

“We were able to work it back into the budget but to help cover the cost of the fireworks," said coordinator Melinda Huett. "That's part of the reason why we charged to park."

As residents left Glen Oak Park a group of community members worked to ensure everyone got home safe.

The Peoria Street Outreach team is working together in the east bluff pushing for safety.

In previous years there have been issues with violence after the fireworks.

This year leaders walked through the neighborhood ensuring there was no fighting or gun violence.

"We're gonna try to work one block down Republic from Prospect to Wisconsin," said Jessie McGowan. We're gonna try and keep that block peaceful, so if we can do that then we know we can be successful."

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