July means we’re smack dab in the middle of summer, so what better way to celebrate than through Park and Recreation Month?

Since it was proclaimed by the National Park and Recreation Association in 1985, Americans have celebrated Park and Recreation Month each July to promote the importance of health and wellness, conservation and social equity, and to recognize the thousands of park and recreation employees that maintain our nation’s local, state and community parks.

At the Fox Valley Park District, we encourage all of our residents to get out and explore all the fun that awaits in our parks and facilities and on our expansive network of trails.

Photo contest!

In fact, let’s interact! Throughout July, we’re staging a photo contest. Send us your favorite snaps and be entered into a drawing to win free passes and more fun stuff. Be sure to use the hashtag #wherefunbegins on each of your submissions; we’ll announce the winners in early August! Find our social platforms here:

Facebook: @FoxValleyParkDistrict
Twitter: @FoxValleyParks
Instagram: @FoxValleyParkDistrict

Need a kickstart? Here are just a few of the goings-on within the FVPD this month (for the complete lineup, check out the Events Calendar near the bottom of our homepage):

Free Concerts in the Park

Enjoy live music on select Wednesdays at Montgomery and McCullough parks. Bring your lawn chairs and blankets! Check out the full lineup here.

Live and Uncorked

Bring a blanket, picnic basket and your favorite craft beer or bottle of wine while enjoying an evening of great music at Blackberry Farm. Admission is just $5 and you must be 21+. More info here.

Summer Stage

Join us as we commemorate 50 incredible years of Summer Stage with our musical, “Annie,” to be staged at the West Aurora High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 when purchased in advance and $12 at the door. More info here.

Save the date for “Unplug Illinois!”

On Saturday, July 13, the FVPD is joining communities across the state to celebrate Unplug Illinois Day! We encourage you to ditch your electronic devices and ‘unplug’ to enjoy everything your local parks and recreation facilities have to offer. Get out, unplug, play and engage with each other through experiences at our parks and recreation centers.