4th Of July Festivities in Illinois

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Since everybody loved the list I made last year (and found it to be quite helpful), I thought I would do another one this year! It’s hard to know what each town is doing, so hopefully this will help. My husband and daughter went and watched the fireworks last night in Burbank, so the shows are already starting!

Alton, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:6:00 pm to 11:00 pm
venue:Riverfront Amphitheater
address:#1 Henry Street Alton, IL 62002

Celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and Petty Cash Junction.

Arlington Heights, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:3:00 pm
venue:Arlington Park Racecourse
address:2200 West Euclid Avenue Arlington Heights, IL 60006

A great day of horse racing and music by day, and the best fireworks show you will ever see by dusk. The day’s racing starts at a special post time of 3 p.m. and the racing action will run nearly seamlessly into a spectacular fireworks display that gets underway at nightfall. How Far to Austin, a rock band with a heart made of soul, will be playing live on the band stage in the Park throughout the day and into the evening! Gates will open at 1 p.m. The amazing fireworks display, which will run more than 30 minutes, will be synchronized to a mixture of patriotic and popular music, and will encompass the entire infield area of the racecourse.

Aurora, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
address:1500 West Sullivan Road Aurora, IL 60506

The celebration continues with a night of family fun, entertainment, live music and culminating with an impressive fireworks display, which is scheduled to start around 9:30 p.m.

Schedule:

Lawn Events

5 to 10 p.m. – Local food vendors
5 to 9 p.m. – Free inflatable rides for children 12 and under
6 to 7:30 p.m. – Aurora Historical Society activities and games

Stage (Entertainment Sponsor: HR Green)

5:15 to 5:30 p.m. – Opening ceremonies
5:30 to 6:15 p.m. – Bradley Keven Green Band (songs about Aurora)
6:30 to 7:45 p.m. – American Legion Post 84 Band (patriotic music)
7:45 to 8 p.m. – Captains of Industry (classic rock and roll)

9:30 p.m. – Fireworks Extravaganza

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Downtown Aurora
address:Corner of Benton and River Street Aurora, IL 60502

The Independence Day event will start with a patriotic ceremony at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, July 4 outside the Paramount Theatre, 23 E. Galena Blvd.

The parade will step off at 10 a.m. at the corner of Benton and River streets, marching east to Broadway Avenue, north to Galena Boulevard, west to Hoyt Place, south to Downer Place and conclude heading west to Middle Avenue.

Barrington, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:1:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:North Train Commuter Lot
address:Spring Street Barrington, IL 60010

Rock The Ride
You won’t want to miss a chance to ROCK with some our finest local talent. The day’s events will feature both adult and youth bands comprised of all

Cost:
Kids’ Daytime Special:
Includes unlimited access to all kids’ activities, hot dog, chips & soda.
($5 for kids 3+; 10 am to 5 pm; adults free admission).

Evening admission (after 6 pm)
$5 adults/$1 ages 17-14/ages 13 & under Free

date:Monday, July 2, 2012
time:11:00 am to 10:00 pm
venue:North Train Commuter Lot
address:Spring Street Barrington, IL 60010

Hands On Activity With Learning Express
11:00am – 4:00pm

Trackless Train
Presented by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
12:00pm – 4:00pm

Magic By Randy
Presented by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
12:30pm – 1:30pm

Off Road Racers
Remote Control Car Races
Presented by Pepsico Chicago
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Jacobs Ladder
Presented by Pepsico
1:00pm – 5:00pm

Rat Race Obstacle Course
Presented by John B. Sanfilippo & Sons And Fisher Hometown Nut Store
2:00pm –8:00pm

Our Future Musical Talent!
Presented by: Rockstar 101 And Grassroots
3:00pm – 6:00pm

Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press
Presented by Noon Rotary Club
7:00pm – 10:00pm

Cost:
Kids’ Daytime Special:
Includes unlimited access to all kids’ activities, hot dog, chips & soda.
($5 for kids 3+; 10 am to 5 pm; adults free admission).

Evening admission (after 6 pm)
$5 adults/$1 ages 17-14/ages 13 & under Free

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:11:00 am to 11:30 pm
venue:North Train Commuter Lot
address:Spring Street Barrington, IL 60010

Hands On Activity With Learning Express
11:00am – 4:00pm

Free Bingo & Prizes
Presented by Barrington’s Finest Local Merchants
11:30am – 12:15pm and 12:45pm – 1:30pm

Firetruck Slide / Jacobs Ladder
Presented by Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital
1:00pm – 7:00pm

Come visit the Street Team and test your musical knowledge!
2:00pm – 4:00pm

25’ Rock Wall
Presented by Pepsico Chicago
2:00pm – 8:00pm

Adrenaline Rush Extreme Obstacle Course
Presented by John B. Sanfilippo & Sons And Fisher Hometown Nut Store
2:00pm – 8:00pm

The Suburban Cowboys
Presented by Doering Landscape Company
5:00pm – 8:00pm

The Personnel
Presented by Dave & Katy Pepper
8:30pm – 11:30pm

Cost:
Kids’ Daytime Special:
Includes unlimited access to all kids’ activities, hot dog, chips & soda.
($5 for kids 3+; 10 am to 5 pm; adults free admission).

Evening admission (after 6 pm)
$5 adults/$1 ages 17-14/ages 13 & under Free

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
venue:North Train Commuter Lot
address:Spring Street Barrington, IL 60010

Music Presented By Barrington’s Community Band @ The “Brat” Tent from 12pm- 2pm

Music & Fireworks

Cost:
Kids’ Daytime Special:
Includes unlimited access to all kids’ activities, hot dog, chips & soda.
($5 for kids 3+; 10 am to 5 pm; adults free admission).

Evening admission (after 6 pm)
$5 adults/$1 ages 17-14/ages 13 & under Free

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Barrington High School
address:616 West Main Street Barrington, IL 60010

Celebrade Barrington’s annual 4th of July Parade and join us as we “Let Freedom Ring” with vibrant bands, classic cars, fun floats, and extraordinary entertainment. This year’s theme honors the great virtues of “Courage, Service, and Honor”.

The staging area for the Parade is the Barrington High School (west) parking lot. The Parade starts at the High School and proceeds east on Main Street, ending at the Metra Train Station, north commuter lot, via Wool Street.

Bartlett, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Apple Orchard Park
address:696 West Stearns Road Bartlett, IL 60103

Noon – 11:00pm Carnival

Noon – 11:00pm Food and Beer Tent

12:00 – 2:30pm Los Treboles Negros (in food tent)

2:30 – 4:30pm Crossfire

5:00 – 7:30pm Johnny Russler & Beach Bum Band

8:00 – 11:00pm Rick Linde & Wild Ones

12:30 – 2:00pm Children’s Entertainment
(Next to Bandstand) Radio Disney is coming to ROCK at Children’s Entertainment.
Come out for music, games, prizes & more

1:00pm Tractor Pull for all ages (Aquatic Center)

4:00pm Turtle Race (Aquatic Center)

4:00 – 9:00pm Bingo (Bingo Tent)

8:00pm Rock Valley Sky Divers

9:30pm Firework Extravaganza

date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Apple Orchard Park
address:696 West Stearns Road Bartlett, IL 60103

5:00 – 11:00pm Carnival (Pay one Price $)

5:00 – 11:00pm Food and Beer Tent

5:30 – 8:00pm Sam Savage & Company

8:30 – 11:00pm Hi Infidelity

5:00 – 10:00pm Bingo (Bingo Tent)

date:Friday, July 6, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Apple Orchard Park
address:696 West Stearns Road Bartlett, IL 60103

5:00 – 11:00pm Carnival

5:00 – 11:00pm Food and Beer Tent

5:00 – 6:00pm Austin & Chase Hopkins

6:30 – 9:00pm Smokin’ Gunz

9:30 – 11:00pm Diver Down

date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
time:3:00 pm
venue:Apple Orchard Park
address:696 West Stearns Road Bartlett, IL 60103

Noon – 5:00pm Carnival (Pay one Price $)

Noon – 11:00pm Carnival

Noon – 11:00pm Food and Beer Tent

4:00 – 10:00pm Bingo (Bingo Tent)

3:00 – 4:30pm The Renditions

5:00 – 6:30pm Big Guitars from Memphis

7:00 – 8:45pm British Export

9:15 – 11:00pm Heartache Tonight

date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
time:1:00 pm
venue:Bartlett Park
address:102 North Eastern Avenue Bartlett, IL 60103

Parade Begins at Bartlett Park and travels south to the Bartlett Festival on Stearns Road.

Parade entry staging will begin at 11 AM on the streets near Bartlett Elementary School and Bartlett Park. Staging streets are North & South Elroy, Tatge, North & South Eastern & the Commuter Parking Lot which is located on the corner of Oneida and Eastern Avenues.

date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
time:3:00 pm
venue:Apple Orchard Park
address:696 West Stearns Road Bartlett, IL 60103

3:00 – 8:00pm Carnival (Pay one Price $)

3:00 – 8:00pm Carnival

3:00 – 8:00pm Food and Beer Tent

3:00 – 8:00pm Bingo (Bingo Tent)

3:00 – 4:45pm Fortunate Sons

5:30 – 8:00pm Modern Day Romeos

Beecher, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Firemen’s Park
address:673 Penfield Street Beecher, IL 60401

10am – 2pm – Rib cook-off

12 Noon – All stands and carnival open

12-4pm – Carnival wristbands $20

12-6pm – Petting zoo

12:30-3:30pm – X-Country 106.5 live broadcast

1pm – Bean bag tournament

4pm – Hypnotist William Mitchell Show

4-7pm – Pork chop dinner

7-11pm – Greg Schneider Band on main stage

11pm – $250 early bird car raffle drawing

date:Monday, July 2, 2012
time:6:00 pm
venue:Firemen’s Park
address:673 Penfield Street Beecher, IL 60401

6pm – All stands and carnival open

6-10pm – Carnival Wristbands $20

7-11pm – Gina Glocksen (from American Idol) on main stage

11pm – $250 early bird car raffle drawing

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:6:00 pm
venue:Firemen’s Park
address:673 Penfield Street Beecher, IL 60401

6pm – All stands and carnival open

7-11pm – Maggie Speaks on main stage

11pm – $250 early bird car raffle drawing

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:00 am
venue:Firemen’s Park
address:673 Penfield Street Beecher, IL 60401

7am – Lions Club 5K Run

12 Noon – Carnival, car & food stands open

3pm – All other stands open

2-3:30pm – Parade line-up

3pm – Float judging

4pm – Parade

7-9:30pm & 9:50-11pm – KO Bossy on main stage

9:30pm – Fireworks

11pm – Car raffle for 2012 Ford Mustang

Bensenville, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:30 pm
venue:Redmond Park
address:735 East Jefferson Street Bensenville, IL 60106

LibertyFest is featuring Taste of Towns with some of the best menu offerings from the area being served all day long.

Schedule:

12:30PM Bike decorating and parade contest awards

12:30—2:30PM Pony Rides and petting zoo

1PM- 4PM Free public skate at the Edge

2PM-5PM Mr. D’s Magic shows

12:30 PM Dave Rudolph’s Beach Party
Jimmy Buffet Fun, hula hoops, beach balls and bubble machines-sponsored by the Bensenville Library

2PM Bag Shot Row
60’s British Invasion

3:45PM Soul Patch Monkey
Classic Rock’ n’ Roll from the 60’s to today

5:30PM In Session
Bensenville’s best rock, pop and country

7:30PM Chicago Catz
Premier R& B, rock and jazz band with great ^ vocals ,horns and get up and dance rhythms.

9:30PM Fireworks Spectacular

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Bensenville Town Center
address:Green and Center Street Bensenville, IL 60105

Parade beings at Town Center, Travels East on Green Street, continues South on York Road and finishes at the Redmond Recreational Complex.

Bloomington, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Holiday Park
address:800 South McGregor Avenue Bloomington, IL 61701

We will open at noon and have special activities planned for the July 4th Celebration. Games, prizes and fun are the order of the day. Stop by the pool before you make your way to Miller Park for the fireworks.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:O’Neil Park
address:1515 West Chestnut Street Bloomington, IL 61701

We will open at noon and have special activities planned for the July 4th Celebration. Games, prizes and fun are the order of the day. Stop by the pool before you make your way to Miller Park for the fireworks.

Casey, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
venue:Fairview Park
address:East Tyler Avenue Casey, IL 62420

7-9 p.m. Whisky Jack, Classic Country Rock – Bandstand

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:11:30 am
venue:Fairview Park
address:East Tyler Avenue Casey, IL 62420

11:30 a.m. Clark County Shrine Club Fish Fry

12-2 p.m. GTO & The Glasspaks, Oldies – Bandstand

1 p.m. Clark County Shrine Club Auction, near the Lions Club Pavilion

12-6 p.m. Kid Davis, Variety Entertainer

4-6 p.m. Carl Acuff, Jr. & The Road Hawgs, Country Variety Show – Bandstand

7-9 p.m. Carl Acuff, Jr. & The Road Hawgs, Classic Rock & Patriotic Show – Bandstand

9 p.m. Fireworks presented by Sky Magic Pyrotechnics!

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:South on Central Street
address:South on Central Street Casey, IL 62420

Line-up will begin at 8 a.m. at the United Methodist Church. The parade route will travel South on Central and turn left on East Main Street. The parade will then turn North on 4th Street to Edgar and travel back to the church.

Centralia, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Fairview Park
address:161 West Centralia, IL 62801

Carnival, food, games, fireworks.

date:Monday, July 2, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Fairview Park
address:161 West Centralia, IL 62801

Carnival, food, games, fireworks.

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Fairview Park
address:161 West Centralia, IL 62801

Carnival, food, games, fireworks.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Fairview Park
address:161 West Centralia, IL 62801

Carnival, food, games, fireworks.

Charleston, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
venue:Morton Park
address:Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920

Bingo from 2-5 Win cash and great prizes!!!

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:3:00 pm
venue:Morton Park
address:Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920

Food vendors begin at 3PM

Jason and the Haymakers (opening act) – 6:30PM

Farmer of the Year award – Crowning of Little Mr. and Miss

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:30 am
venue:Morton Park
address:Lincoln Avenue Charleston, IL 61920

Habitat for Humanity “Four on the Fourth” 4 mile Run/Walk at 6:30

Coles County Arts Council’s “Great Chalk In” – 9:30 to Noon – for artists of all ages,

Charleston Fire Dept. Foam Pit & Fire Safety House

Inflatable Games – 10AM to 2PM

Food vendors – all day

All you can eat Ice Cream – $2 – All day

Parade at 1PM

Bell Ringing at 2:15PM

Entertainment – Blue Moon Swamp at 2:30

date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Kiwanis Park
address:Corner of Division Street and Jackson Avenue Charleston, IL 61920

Star Spangled Salute – Community Band Concert

Chicago, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am to 12:00 pm
venue:Chicago History Museum
address:1601 North Clark Street Chicago, IL 60614

Celebrate our nation’s independence with time-honored family festivities! Highlights include patriotic musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam!

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:00 pm
venue:Navy Pier
address:600 East Grand Avenue Chicago, IL 60611

Fireworks.

Crystal Lake, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Crystal Lake Park District Main Beach
address:300 Lakeshore Drive Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Fireworks Concert with Voices in Harmony and Crystal Lake Community Band

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:1:00 pm
venue:North Walkup Avenue and East Woodstock Street
address:North Walkup Avenue and East Woodstock Street Crystal Lake, IL 60014

Independence Day Parade.

Des Plaines, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am to 1:00 pm
venue:Intersection of Center and Wicke Street
address:Intersection of Center and Wicke Street Des Plaines, IL 60016

This year’s theme is “Des Plaines… You’ve got talent!” The parade will step off at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Center and Wicke Streets, proceeding north on Center to Prairie Avenue, east on Prairie, disbanding at Prairie and Pearson Streets.

Downers Grove, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:45 pm
venue:Downtown Downers Grove
address:Main Street and Grant Street Downers Grove, IL 60515

Parade

This year, the Downers Grove parade route will originate at Main St. and Grant St. on the north side of town and proceed SOUTH on Main toward the Downtown, ending at Warren Avenue.

July 4th Fireworks

Join your friends at the fireworks display, brought to you by the Village of Downers Grove and Village of Woodridge. The show starts at approximately 9:30 p.m. at 75th Street and Lemont Road.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Fishel Park
address:Grove Street Downers Grove, IL 60515

Honor America’s birthday with your friends and neighbors. Celebrate the occasion with a patriotic speech from one of the nation’s founding fathers and afterwards enjoy the Village’s annual parade.

Location: Veterans Memorial Pavilion

Free event for all ages!

Durand, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:American Legion
address:211 State Street Durand, IL 61024

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Antique Tractor Pulls, Durand American Legion

11a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Chicken BarBQ, Durand American Legion

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:00 am
venue:Durand High School
address:200 West South Street Durand, IL 61024

Elgin, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:00 am
venue:Downtown Elgin
address:Intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues Elgin, IL 60120

Parade End at Highland and Douglas Avenues

Evanston, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:2:00 pm
venue:Downtown Evanston
address:Central Park Avenue East on Central Street Evanston, IL 60201

As many as 140 entrants are expected to wind their way from Central Park Avenue East on Central Street to Ashland Avenue, beginning at 2:00 PM.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:30 pm
venue:Dawes Park
address:1700 Sheridan Road Evanston, IL 60201

7:30pm to 9:00pm – Twilight Concert

The Palatine Concert Band will be back again this year playing our favorite patriotic music and much more.

9:15pm – Lakefront Fireworks

Our 2012 musical fireworks extravaganza will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston.

Evergreen Park, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:6:30 pm
venue:Pulaski Avenue
address:Pulaski Avenue Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Parade

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Duffy Park
address:92nd Street and Millard Avenue Evergreen Park, IL 60805

Fireworks at Dusk

Flossmoor, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Parker Junior High School
address:2810 School Street Flossmoor, IL 60422

The parade lineup is at 9:30 a.m. at Parker Junior High School. It will step off at 10:00 a.m. and move from Parker Junior High down Flossmoor Road to downtown.

Forest Park, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Park District of Forest Park
address:7501 Harrison Street Forest Park, IL 60130

This year’s celebration will be an event you and your family will not want to miss! Bring the whole family out to the Park District for a celebration complete with: Fun – Food – Games – Music – Bingo

Schedule:

10:00am – 5:00pm
Aquatic Center Open

1:00pm – 7:00pm
Bingo
(Sponsored by the Eagles Club)

1:00pm – 8:45pm
Food Court Open

2:00pm -6:00pm
Games and Inflatable Entertainment

2:30pm -3:30pm
Panda Studio Dancers

6:00pm – 8:00pm
Live Music! InRoads!

9:15pm
Fireworks!!!

Franklin Park, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Pool On Pacific
address:9715 Pacific Avenue Franklin Park, IL 60131

On the Fourth of July the Pool on Pacific will be open for residents to come cool themselves off. We will sing the National Anthem at 1:00p.m. at the flag pole. For the rest of the afternoon we will enjoy games, raffles and prizes. Spend the day splashing around and cooling off with us with your family.

Galesburg, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:11:00 am to 7:00 pm
venue:Lakeside Water Park
address:1033 South Lake Storey Road Galesburg, IL 61401

Celebrate Independence Day with a splash bash. There will be relays, games, water balloon toss, contests and prizes all day long. Enjoy Lakeside Water Park while others celebrate in the park and at the beach. Fun festivities are planned from Noon-4:00 p.m.

Glen Ellyn, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
venue:Lake Ellyn Park
address:645 Lenox Road Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Participants may purchase a $3 wristband to enjoy all of the action, supported by generous donations from Rotary Club of Glen Ellyn! Be sure to bring your family for a couple hours of fun at the lake! Wristband fee benefits the GEPD Scholarship Fund. 2012 festivities include: Moonwalks, Inflatable Obstacle Course, Eight penny carnival games with tickets redeemable for lots of prizes, Live music and dancing, Skuddlebutts will bring out the grill for burgers and dogs and Face painting.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:00 am to 8:05 pm
venue:Glenbard West Football Field
address:670 Crescent Boulevard Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Freedom Four ® Four-Mile Run

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Lake Ellyn Park
address:645 Lenox Road Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Join us as Glen Ellyn lights up the skyline celebrating America’s 236th birthday! Grab your blanket and be awed by this star spangled spectacle of fireworks.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Glenbard West High School
address:670 Crescent Boulevard Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Everybody loves a parade whether it is for the music, floats, or nostalgia of the red, white and blue. The parade will begin east of Glenbard West High School on Crescent Blvd. and proceed west to Main Street, north to Linden Ave. and finally, east to Lake Ellyn.

Glenview, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:11:00 am
venue:Downtown Glenview
address:Glenview Road Glenview, IL 60025

11am: Bike Parade

Children, ages preschool to 9 years, are invited to step off the parade by bringing their decorated bike to the corner of Glenview Rd. and Church St. by 10:30 am. Free, no pre-registration required. Bike helmets are strongly recommended. Participation ribbons will be presented to all children. No judging involved. Sponsored by the Abington of Glenview.

11:30am: Main Parade

The 2012 parade will start at the OLPH parking lot, go west on Glenview Road, turn south on Harlem to Central, then march west on Central ending at Johns Park.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:30 pm
venue:Glenview Park Golf Club Cafe
address:800 Shermer Road Glenview, IL 60025

The Twilight Show begins with a patriotic concert by the 100-piece North Shore Concert Band. The show is climaxed by fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.

Harvey, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:154th Street
address:154th Street Harvey, IL 60426

The Annual Parade travelling from East from 154th & Page to 153rd & Broadway. All are invited to come out and enjoy the Parade.

Highland Park, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:15 pm to 10:45 pm
venue:Hidden Creek Aqua Park
address:1220 Fredrickson Highland Park, IL 60035

There is nothing like relaxing in a pool while gazing up at the sky to watch the spectacular display of colors

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:11:00 am to 2:00 pm
venue:Sunset Woods Park
address:1801 Sunset Road Highland Park, IL 60035

Let the festivities begin. Play carnival games. Jump around in an inflatable. Go around the Fest in a train or hop on a pony for a ride. Feed the animals in our petting zoo. Stop and listen to live entertainment while feeding your hunger from one of or vendors in the concession area.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am to 10:35 am
venue:Downtown Highland Park
address:600 Central Avenue Highland Park, IL 60035

Watch eye-catching floats and listen to bands as they walk or roll down the street and more.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Intersection of Laurel Avenue and St. Johns Avenue
address:Intersection of Laurel Avenue and St. Johns Avenue Highland Park, IL 60035

This year’s theme is “A Look Back in Time ”

The staging areas for the parade are at or near the Highland Park Train Station, immediately south of Laurel Avenue. The parade route starts at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and St. Johns Avenue, proceeding one block north to Central Avenue, proceeding west along Central Avenue, ending at Sunset Woods Park.

Hinsdale, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Downtown Hinsdale
address:Sixth and Garfield Street Hinsdale, IL 60521

The parade will commence at Sixth and Garfield Street, travel north on Garfield to First Street, West on First to Grant Street and south on Grant to Sixth Street where the Parade will disperse.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:11:00 am
venue:Burlington Park
address:19 East Chicago Avenue
Hinsdale, IL 60521
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This event features an outstanding collection of arts and crafts all that are hand made and family activities. This event has something to please the entire family. Refreshments will be available for purchase and admission is free. Entertainment for the entire family. Activities include kid’s inflatables, carnival games and face painting! Rotary Club of Hinsdale Turtle Races will be featured immediately following the parade at the west end of Burlington Park.

Schedule:

11:00am – 4:00pm Arts & Craft Fair – over 100 vendors!

11:00am – 3:00pm Family Festival
-Inflatables & face painting – Free!
-Table top carnival games – Free!
-Food vendors

11:30am Hinsdale Rotary Turtle Race
Rotary Club of Hinsdale is sponsoring the 6th Annual Turtle Races. They are held after the parade. Come and compete or watch the races. Over 20 trophies will be awarded, with one grand champion!

1:00pm – 2:30pm West Suburban Concert Band

Hoffman Estates, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:00 am
venue:Hassell Road
address:Hassell Road Hoffman Estates, IL 60179

Parade.

date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
time:6:00 pm
venue:Sears Centre Arena
address:5333 Prairie Stone Parkway Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

6pm – 10pm : Carnival and Festival

7:30pm :american English (Main stage)

date:Friday, July 6, 2012
time:6:00 pm
venue:Sears Centre Arena
address:5333 Prairie Stone Parkway Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

6pm – 10pm : Carnival and Festival

7pm : Brian Lavender (Main stage)
Country music fromamerica’s heartland.

9pm : ABBA Saluteamerica’s #1 ABBA tribute band.

date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
time:11:00 am
venue:Sears Centre Arena
address:5333 Prairie Stone Parkway Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

11am -11pm : Carnival and Festival

1pm – 3pm : Pony Rides

2pm – 6pm : Multicultural Entertainment

3pm – 6pm : Billy the Balloon Guy

7pm : M&R Rush (Main stage)
The best rock and pop covers past and present.

9pm : Survivor (Main Stage)
Legendaryamerican rock band.

date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
time:12:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Sears Centre Arena
address:5333 Prairie Stone Parkway Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Noon – 10pm : Carnival Only

Kankakee, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:00 am to 3:00 pm
venue:Kankakee County Fairgrounds
address:213 West 4000 South Road Kankakee, IL 60901

Hand crafted items created by local residents. Items including wood, floral and fabric crafts, stained glass and gift baskets, hand knitted and crocheted pieces are just a few of the items available.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:5:30 pm
venue:Kankakee Community College
address:100 College Drive Kankakee, IL 60901

Kankakee Community College will host a pops concert and fireworks show in celebration of July 4th. The Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony Orchestra will perform at 5:30 p.m. followed by the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

Kirkland, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:8:00 am
venue:Downtown Kirkland
address:Downtown Kirkland, IL 60146

Kirkland Lions Club Annual 4th of July Celebration.

This year the celebration will be held for it’s 64th year! We have a lot of new acts on the stage this year and we are adding more. We are always growing, the Kirkland Lions Club would like to thank all of it’s supporters in the past, present and the future.

Schedule of Events:

8AM – 4PM: Tractor Show (Wayne Fruit 815-761-5044)
12PM – 10PM: Open for the Day: Lunch Stand, Flea Market, Rides, Beer Tent
12PM – 1PM: Arthur Murray Dance Studio
1PM – 2PM: Storytime with Emily
2PM: Baggo Tourney – Beer Tent (bowhunter53@gmail.com)
2PM – 3PM: Bellydancing by Daryea
2PM – 10PM: Bingo
3PM – 5PM: Native American Dancing & Drums
5PM – 6PM: The Magic of Brian Holt
6PM – 9PM: Destination Unknown – Live Music in Beer Tent

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Downtown Kirkland
address:Downtown Kirkland, IL 60146

Kirkland Lions Club Annual 4th of July Celebration.

This year the celebration will be held for it’s 64th year! We have a lot of new acts on the stage this year and we are adding more. We are always growing, the Kirkland Lions Club would like to thank all of it’s supporters in the past, present and the future.

Schedule of Events:

5PM: Kyler the Magic Man
5PM – 10PM: Open for the Day: Lunch Stand, Flea Market, Rides
Special – Pork Chop & Brats in the Beer Tent
6PM – 8PM: Time Of Worship Band
6PM – 10PM: Bingo & Wristband Night for Rides
8PM – 12 MID: Shuvlhed – Live band in Beer Tent

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:00 am
venue:Downtown Kirkland
address:Downtown Kirkland, IL 60146

Kirkland Lions Club Annual 4th of July Celebration.

This year the celebration will be held for it’s 64th year! We have a lot of new acts on the stage this year and we are adding more. We are always growing, the Kirkland Lions Club would like to thank all of it’s supporters in the past, present and the future.

Schedule of Events:

7AM – 9:30AM: Pancake Breakfast
11AM: Parade (Amy Polzin 815-262-5069)
12 NOON: Pork Chop Dinner
12 NOON – 3PM: Enroute – Live Band in Beer Tent
12 NOON – 10PM: Open for the Day – Lunch Stand, Bingo, Flea Market, Rides
1PM – 2PM: Excited About Science Demo
1:30PM – 6:30PM: Kirkland/Hiawatha Open House – Elem. Gym
2PM – 3PM: Aloha Hula Girls Polynesian Show
3PM – 4PM: The Magic of Brian Holt
4PM: Pedal Pulls
5PM – 6PM: Lewis Dance Progressions
6PM – 8PM: The Couch Coins Band
6PM – 9PM: Blooze Brothers – Live Band in Beer Tent
9:30PM: Fireworks – Raffle Drawing (following Fireworks)

Lake Zurich, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:00 am
venue:Paulus Park
address:200 South Rand Road Lake Zurich, IL 60047

Join your friends and neighbors at Paulus Park as we celebrate Independence Day with our Annual Family Day. Picnic tables will be available on a first come, first serve basis (only one table per family, please). Feel free to bring any additional lawn chairs/blankets that you may need.

Day-long activities include music, entertainment, kid’s games, inflatable rides, swimming.

Schedule:
9:00 am: Park and Beach Open

9:00 am: DJ. – 39 and Holding

11:00 am: Taste of Summer Opens Beer and Wine Tent Opens

11:30 am – 1:00 pm: State Line Band

12:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Kid’s Games – Shelter B -Inflatable Carnival Rides

2:30 pm – 4:00 pm: Spoken Pour Band

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: One Foot in the Groove Band

8:00 pm: Boat Parade

9:15 pm (approx): Fireworks! – Pyromusical

Lincolnwood, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:30 am to 12:00 pm
venue:Proesel Park
address:6915 Kostner Avenue Lincolnwood, IL 60712

The Lincolnwood Human Relations Commission invites all residents to its annual Independence Day concert.

Lombard, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
venue:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue
address:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue Lombard, IL 60148

Family Entertainment:
5:00 pm: Flag Presentation

5:30 pm: Lombard Recreation Center Dancers

7:30 pm: Enchanted Castle

Mainstage Schedule:
5:15 pm: Glendenning

7:00 pm: The Fold

9:00 pm: 7th Heaven

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
venue:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue
address:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue Lombard, IL 60148

Family Entertainment:
12:00 pm: Flag Presentation

12:00 pm: Safe House Animal Rescue League

5:00 pm: Enchanted Castle

9:30 pm: Fireworks

Mainstage Schedule:
1:00 pm: Pedestrian – Willowbrook Battle of the Bands Winner

2:30 pm: Sheer Mutilation – Glenbard East Battle of the Bands Winner

4:00 pm: Kelsey Montanez

5:30 pm: Lombard Idol Finalists

8:00 pm: Modern Day Romeos

10:00 pm: Modern Day Romeos

date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
time:12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
venue:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue
address:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue Lombard, IL 60148

Family Entertainment:
5:00 pm: Flag Presentation

5:00 pm: Lombard Cub Scout Pack 42

7:00 pm: Aspirations Dance Company

Mainstage Schedule:
5:15 pm: Special Purpose

7:00 pm: Pipe Dream

9:00 pm: Infinity

date:Friday, July 6, 2012
time:5:00 pm to 11:00 pm
venue:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue
address:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue Lombard, IL 60148

Family Entertainment:
5:00 pm: Flag Presentation

5:00 pm: Paul Mitchell School Hair Cuts for Donation to St. Baldrick’s

5:30 pm: Aspirations Dance Company

7:00 pm: LiveWire

Mainstage Schedule:
5:15 pm: Howard and the White Boys

7:00 pm: Girls Night Out

9:00 pm: Lynch Mob

date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
time:12:00 pm to 11:00 pm
venue:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue
address:East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue Lombard, IL 60148

Family Entertainment:
12:00 pm: Flag Presentation

12:00 pm: St. Baldrick’s

12:00 pm: Paul Mitchell School Hair Cuts for Donation to St. Baldrick’s

1:00 pm: Jason Kollum

4:00 pm: The Dance Centre

7:00 pm: Varieties Music Team

Mainstage Schedule:
1:00 pm: Bandaroke

5:00 pm: The Placebo Effect

7:30 pm: Liquid Hot Magma

9:00 pm: Lucky Boys Confusion

Marshall, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Clark County Fairgrounds
address:North 2nd Street Marshall, IL 62441

The Marshall City Band performs prior to a spectacular fireworks display.

Mascoutah, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Scheve Park
address:890 North 10th Street Mascoutah, IL 62224

Fun for the Whole Family! – Pony Rides, Kids’ Games-Straw Coin Hunt, Carnival Rides, Food and Drinks, Scratch-off Raffles, Texas Poker, Artisans

4:00—6:00 p.m. Kids Games—Cub Scout Pack 43 Center of Park

4:00—6:00 p.m. Small Town Famous Depot Stage
(Matt Wehmeyer, Ryne von der Linden, Bryan Benner, Kurt Kraske, and Austin Yocks)

6:30 p.m. Opening Ceremonies Mayor Jerry Daugherty
Presenting of Colors Junior ROTC Honor Guard
“Star Spangled Banner” TSgt Albert Williams
“Happy Birthday to Mascoutah”

7:00—9:00 p.m. USAF Band of MidAmerica Hot Brass Depot Stage

9:30 p.m. Fireworks!

Mattoon, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Coles County Airport
address:432 Airport Road Mattoon, IL 61938

Fireworks at dusk

Mount Prospect, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Melas Park
address:Central Road and Busse Road Mount Prospect, IL 60056

Fireworks.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:1:00 pm
venue:Downtown Mount Prospect
address:Emerson Street and Prospect Avenue Mount Prospect, IL 60056

The parade steps off from Emerson Street & Prospect Ave. continues west on Prospect and then turns onto Central to continue on to Melas Park.

Mount Vernon, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:5:30 pm
venue:Mount Vernon Airport
address:100 Aviation Drive Mount Vernon, IL 62864

Gates open at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks start at dusk. Entertainment, food vendors, children’s area, and a massive fireworks display.

Oak Lawn, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:00 pm
venue:Richards High School
address:10601 South Central Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453

Entertainment Schedule:

8:00pm Oak Lawn Park District Pirouettes (Gymnastics)
The Oak Lawn Pirouettes Gymnastics Medal Program is based on USA Gymnastics Junior Olympic levels 1-6. Bring your future athletes to The Oak Lawn Park District Gymnastic Program, Gymnastics at a young age provides a strong basis for all sports.

8:15pm The Wacky World of Dave Rudolf
Dave Rudolf is one of the pioneers in the developing Children and Family programming market.

Fabulous Firework Show at Dusk

Bring your entire family and friends and witness the spectacular fireworks show provided by Melrose Pyrotechnics.

The fireworks are choreographed to a musical soundtrack and the fireworks show is about 20 minutes in length. You don’t want to miss it.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:95th Street from 51st Avenue
address:95th Street from 51st Avenue Oak Lawn, IL 60453

The 7th annual Fourth of July Parade brings together our community and it is truly a family event. The hometown flair of our parade makes it unique and great fun. The parade consists of over 100 entries which include military color guards to mascots, antique cars, dignitaries, parade units and marchers of all ages. The parade route will begin westbound on the north side of 95th Street from 51st Avenue to 55th Ct

Orland Park, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Centennial Park
address:15600 West Avenue Orland Park, IL 60462

Radio Disney Road Crew
5:00 PM to 6:30 PM

Road Crew appearances are designed to re-create the energy, music, and excitement that families hear on Radio Disney! We want YOU to be apart of the biggest interactive, hands-on, music and contest-filled family event of the year!

Libido Funk Circus
7:15 PM to 9:15 PM

Libido Funk Circus has been entertaining Chicago audiences with their instrumental gymnastics, outrageous clothes, and over the top stage show for almost 10 years. Their high energy rendition of the disco and dance hits of the last 40 years will keep you grooving all night. Come out and celebrate!

Presentation of Colors and Fireworks
9:15 PM


Palatine, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Downtown Palatine
address:Main Street Palatine, IL 60038

Noon – 6:00 pm: Arts/Crafts/Business Expo

Noon – 9:30 pm: Adult Beverages

Noon – 5:00 pm: Carnival Wristbands

Noon – 7:00 pm: LifeSource Blood Drive

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Carnival Wristbands

Noon – 10:00 pm: Carnival

Noon – 10:00 pm: Food and soda

Noon – 1:00 pm: Help set a World Record

11:00 am: Registration begins

2:00 pm: Hometown Toss

1:00 pm: Registration begins

Entertainment:
Noon: Stay Tuned

2:30 pm: Whiskey Tango

5:30 pm: Stockwood

8:00 pm: Piano Man

date:Monday, July 2, 2012
time:2:30 pm
venue:Downtown Palatine
address:Main Street Palatine, IL 60038

5:00 pm – 10:30 pm: Adult Beverages

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm: Book Mobile

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Carnival Wristbands

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm: Carnival

3:00 pm – 4:30 pm: Special Needs Carnival

2:30 pm: Registration begins

2:30 pm – 10:00 pm: Food and Soda

Entertainment:
5:30 pm: Open Mic

8:00 pm: Twenty Over

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Downtown Palatine
address:Main Street Palatine, IL 60038

Noon – 11:30 pm: Adult Beverages

Noon – Midnight: Carnival

Noon – 5:00 pm: Carnival Wristbands

Noon – Midnight: Food and Soda

9:30 pm: Fireworks
Adult beverages will not be served during fireworks.

Entertainment
Noon: Castle Chiropractic Band

2:00 pm: Darryl Markette

4:30 pm: New Vinal Experience

7:00 pm: Mellencougar

10:00 pm: Bucket Number 6

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:11:00 am to 5:00 pm
venue:Downtown Palatine
address:Main Street Palatine, IL 60038

Noon – 5:00 pm: Adult Beverages

Noon – 5:00 pm: Carnival Wristbands

11:00 am – 2:00 pm: Family Day (Free event)

Noon – 5:00 pm: Food and Soda

Palos Heights, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:9:15 pm
venue:Lake Katherine Nature Center and Botanic Gardens
address:7402 West Lake Katherine Drive Palos Heights, IL 60463

Bring your friends and neighbors to celebrate the birth of our nation under the stars at Lake Katherine and watch the fireworks from the best spot in town.

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:3:30 pm
venue:Memorial Park
address:Route 83 and 76th Avenue Palos Heights, IL 60463

Join friends, family and fellow residents in Memorial Park to enjoy many family festivities!

Events include: petting zoo, pony rides, moonwalk, giant slide, climbing wall, obstacle course, velcro wall, bungee run, mini golf and MORE!

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Harlem Avenue
address:Harlem Avenue Palos Heights, IL 60463

The annual parade on Harlem Ave starts in front of Palos Bank & Trust and heads north to 119th Street. We’d love for you to join us! Decorate your bicycles, wagons and strollers and be a part of the holiday fun!

Plainfield, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:5:00 pm to 9:30 pm
venue:Plainfield High School
address:24120 West Fort Beggs Drive Plainfield, IL 60544

Participants are encouraged to bring blankets, picnic baskets, chairs and coolers for this all-ages event. Concessions will also be provided by the Plainfield Central High School Athletics Booster Club. (Please note that alcoholic beverages are not allowed on school or park district property.) The event will provide fun activities for the entire family, including an inflatable obstacle course, “Chalk It Up” sidewalk art, family games, bean bag toss, and Play Zone activities. The event will also include touch-a-truck opportunities including military, police, fire, and village vehicles, as well as representation by Operation Support Our Troops, an organization that sends care packages, as well as cards and letters of support from the community, to troops deployed overseas. A DJ will provide music throughout the evening, and the Plainfield Park District’s dance classes will perform at 7 p.m.

Rockford, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:7:30 pm
venue:Sinnissippi Park Music Shell
address:1401 North 2nd Street Rockford, IL 61107

Rockford Park District Free Music in the Park Concert at Sinnissippi Music Shell, featuring the Rockford Concert Band Patriotic Concert.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:State and Main
address:State and Main Rockford, IL 61101

Meet Great Human Beings and get your picture taken.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:3:00 pm
venue:Davis Park
address:211 North Main Street Rockford, IL 61101

3:00 p.m. – The Dirty Fishnet Stockings and Friends entertaining on the north side of the Lorden Building inside Davis Park, downtown Rockford, IL. Come join the fun with Food and Beverage available for purchase. Gates open at 3:00 p.m. Davis Park

7:00 p.m. – The Charlie Daniels Band on the south side of the Lorden Building inside Davis Park. Food and Beverages will be available for purchase.

9:30 p.m. – SkyConcert Fireworks Show Begins!! Synchronized to music over Davis Park in Downtown Rockford. Davis Park offers the best view to see the incredible fireworks show!!

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:00 am
venue:Madison Street
address:Madison Street Rockford, IL 61101

MELD Classic 8k Run (7:00 a.m.), 2 Mile Run (7:05 a.m.), 1 Mile Fun Walk (8:30 a.m.). Begins on Madison St. under Jefferson St. Bridge near the Trolley Station.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:30 am
venue:Sinnissippi Park Music Shell
address:1401 North 2nd Street Rockford, IL 61107

Patriotic Breakfast sponsored by the Rockford 4th of July Committee & Stone Eagle Tavern. Free continental breakfast to the first 1,000 people.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Downtown Rockford
address:7th Street and 6th Avenue Rockford, IL 61101

The annual parade kicks off at 7th Street and 6th Avenue at 5:00 pm. The parade route travels from there down 7th Street, then west on State Street, then west to Wyman Street, then south on Wyman to the railroad tressel on South Main Street where it dispans.

Romeoville, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:7:00 pm
venue:Deer Crossing Park
address:1050 West Romeo Road Romeoville, IL 60446

The Hat Guys band will be performing on the amphitheater beginning at 7:00pm. The band, activities, and food will be at Deer Crossing Park.

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:9:15 pm
venue:Romeoville Village Park
address:900 West Romeo Road Romeoville, IL 60446

Fireworks.

Round Lake, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:6:00 pm
venue:Round Lake Beach Cultural And Civic Center
address:2007 Civic Center Way Round Lake, IL 60073

Enjoy family fun, food and fireworks at our annual Independence Day celebration.

From 6-7 pm, the Park District’s Community Band will play patriotic favorites.

From 7:30-9:30, “SODA” will be playing oldies, today’s hits and more at the Village of Round Lake Beach’s Cultural Center Outdoor Stage.

At approximately 9:30 pm, the fireworks will begin.

Saint Charles, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:4:00 pm
venue:Pottawatomie Park
address:8 North Avenue Saint Charles, IL 60174

The Fox Valley Concert Band will entertain park user from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Local favorite, Red Woody, rocks the stage in the historic pavilion from 6 p.m. to dark. The band plays a variety of music including classic rock and roll, contemporary favorites and great alternative hits. With songs from Journey, Sublime, Green Day, Tom Petty, John Mellencamp, Goo Goo Dolls and many more, Red Woody is sure to entertain everyone.

The fireworks extravaganza, can be best viewed at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. This year, people of all ages will enjoy an outstanding pyrotechnic production; one of the largest and most industrious fireworks shows in the Fox Valley area.

Schaumburg, IL

date:Monday, July 2, 2012
time:7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
venue:Ken Alley Safety Park
address:421 North Springinsguth Road
Schaumburg, IL 60194

Celebrate Independence Day a little early with a patriotic scavenger hunt.

Children ages 1 to 6 can put on red, white and blue and search for flags hidden throughout Safety Park

Schaumburg Park District’s third annual Independence Day: Find the Flag Scavenger Hunt is a great way for kids to celebrate America, show their patriotism and enjoy a good, All-American game. Scavengers will enjoy ice cream after the hunt.

Be sure to arrive on time because flag hunts will be first. This event runs rain or shine, so dress appropriately. Check-in is under the Community Recreation Center tent, just south of the building.

Shabbona, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Shabbona Lake State Park
address:4201 Shabbona Grove Road Shabbona, IL 60550

Enjoy the reflecting fireworks over Shabbona Lake as the sounds of exploding fireworks reverberate off of the surrounding trees.

Skokie, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Niles West High School
address:5701 Oakyon Street
Skokie, IL 60077

Featuring food, drinks and live bands until dusk. Finally, the spectacular 3-D Fireworks Fest begins, with the first 10,000 patrons receiving a free pair of 3-D glasses.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Oakton Community College
address:7701 Lincoln Avenue
Skokie, IL 60077

Skokie’s Fourth of July parade kicks off at noon and features marching bands, tumblers, live animals, drill teams, clowns, vintage automobiles, and more. The parade runs north from Oakton Community College on Lincoln Avenue to Oakton Street, then east from downtown to Oakton Park.

Streator, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:2:00 pm
venue:Streator City Park
address:East Kent Street
Streator, IL 61364

Carnival

If you find you need a short break after enjoying the rides, Fountain City Amusements also offers a spectacular selection of midway games of skill, as well as delicious food to satisfy your taste buds.

date:Thursday, July 5, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Streator City Park
address:East Kent Street
Streator, IL 61364

Carnival 5 p.m.-close

If you find you need a short break after enjoying the rides, Fountain City Amusements also offers a spectacular selection of midway games of skill, as well as delicious food to satisfy your taste buds.

date:Friday, July 6, 2012
time:9:00 am
venue:Streator City Park
address:East Kent Street
Streator, IL 61364

Kids Korner 9 a.m. – noon

Kids Korner is sponsored by Streator Onized Credit Union, and it is a morning of activities for children of all ages to participate in games and hands on activities. Best of all it’s FREE!!

Carnival 5 p.m.-close

If you find you need a short break after enjoying the rides, Fountain City Amusements also offers a spectacular selection of midway games of skill, as well as delicious food to satisfy your taste buds.

date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
time:8:00 am
venue:Streator City Park
address:East Kent Street Streator, IL 61364

5K Run for Glory

Check In begins at 6:30 a.m. Streator City Park.
Race Start time 8:00 a.m.

Fee: $18 up to race day and $20 race day

Carnival Noon – close

If you find you need a short break after enjoying the rides, Fountain City Amusements also offers a spectacular selection of midway games of skill, as well as delicious food to satisfy your taste buds.

date:Saturday, July 7, 2012
time:7:30 pm
venue:Streator Twp. High School
address:202 West Lincoln Avenue Streator, IL 61364

Wajk Lip Sync Finals, Streator High School Athletic Field 7:30 p.m.

The annual lip sync contest is co-sponsored by 99.3 WAJK. It offers a chance for you to get involved and live out those “rock star” fantasies, even if you can’t sing at all (like me!) While lots of contestants are in their teens and younger, we encourage any one to get involved. There are three age divisions – 12 and under, 13-20, and family / mixed ages. There will be some great prizes, courtesy of WAJK and participating sponsors, so grab your fiends, find a song and get practicing. Contestants are scored in several categories: synchronization, interpretation/ impersonation, appearance, choreography, song selection and audience appeal.

Firework Extravaganza, Streator High School Athletic Field At Dusk (around 9:30 p.m.)

Come out and join us at Streator High School Field to watch the Firework Extravaganza. We offer a very heart pounding show that will make you proud to be an American! Our fireworks are synchronized to Americana music aired on WAJK 99.3 FM.

date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
time:12:00 pm
venue:Streator City Park
address:East Kent Street Streator, IL 61364

Carnival, Noon – close (6:00 p.m.)

If you find you need a short break after enjoying the rides, Fountain City Amusements also offers a spectacular selection of midway games of skill, as well as delicious food to satisfy your taste buds.

date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
time:4:00 pm
venue:Hopalong Cassady Trail
address:West Main Street Streator, IL 61364

Lions Duckie Race 3 p.m.

Elks Cardboard Boat Regatta (After Duckie Race) 4 p.m

date:Sunday, July 8, 2012
time:1:00 pm
venue:Downtown Streator
address:Downtown Streator Streator, IL 61364

Line starts at the Santa Fe depot at Noon. Arrivals later than 12:45 p.m. will not be permitted to enter the parade!!

Tinley Park, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 9:30 pm
venue:McCarthy Park
address:16801 South 80th Avenue Tinley Park, IL 60477

Don’t miss an afternoon of free family entertainment while celebrating Independance Day! Opening ceremonies take place at 4:00 pm, followed by free children’s games and inflatables, clowns and face painting, horseshoe tournament, bingo, sandy candy, FREE live enterainment the Arts Alive! Jazz Band and Bruce Karosa’s Polka Band! Beer and food tents open at 4:00! Fireworks display begins at 9:15 pm!

Troy, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Tri- Township Park
address:409 Collinsville Road Troy, IL 62294

Fireworks.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:00 pm
venue:Tri- Township Park
address:409 Collinsville Road Troy, IL 62294

In the main pavilion at Tri-Township Park, there will be patriotic and gospel singing prior to the fireworks.

Vernon Hills, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:6:30 pm
venue:Century Park
address:1001 Lakeview Parkway Vernon Hills, IL 60061

6:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Live entertainment. At approximately 9:30 PM Honorable Mayor Roger Byrne will set the skies over Big Bear and Little Bear Lake ablaze with color as Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc presents a dazzling aerial display of fireworks.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:00 am
venue:Corner of Deerpath and Atrium Boulevard
address:Corner of Deerpath and Atrium Boulevard Vernon Hills, IL 60061

The celebrations get under way at 8:00 am at the corner of Deerpath and Atrium Blvd, when youngsters ages 4-12 adorn their bikes, scooters and wagons with banners, flags and other creative ideas for the Bike Decorating Contest. The first & second place winners will receive a certificate for a day at the Vernon Hills Park District Aquatic Center. All participants entering the contest will receive a ribbon . Contestants are invited to ride in the parade as long as accompanied by an adult.

The parade steps off at 9:00 A.M. at the corner of Deerpath and Atrium Drive, just south of Highway 60 (Town Line Road). Marching units will follow a parade route south to Sullivan Drive and then west to Aspen. Demonstration areas will be marked along the route for your viewing pleasure. We would ask that everyone respect the wishes of those who do not want to participate in squirt gun activities.

Villa Park, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
venue:Downtown Villa Park
address:Central Street Villa Park, IL 60181

The parade route is approximately 2 miles. The parade will step off 12:00 PM. going west on Central to Harvard, South on Harvard to Madison, East on Madison to Summit, North to the Park and end past the (Gazebo) grand stand.

Warrenville, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:6:00 pm
venue:Downtown Warrenville’s Civic Center & Library Area
address:28W701 Stafford Place, Warrenville, IL 60555 Warrenville, IL 60555

It will follow its traditional route starting from downtown and traveling south on Warren Avenue, west on Warrenville Road, south on Curtis Avenue, and disband at Woodland and Curtis by Cerny Park.

Waukegan, IL

date:Sunday, July 1, 2012
time:2:30 pm to 5:00 pm
venue:Bowen Park
address:39 Jack Benny Dr Waukegan, IL 60087

American Independence Festival includes a petting zoo, climbing wall, dunk tank, children’s stage, main stage, skatepark expo, food vendors, arts and crafts and children’s games. Food vendors start selling at 11:30am.

Westmont, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:4:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Ty Warner Park
address:801 Blackhawk Drive Westmont, IL 60559

Get into the spirit by wearing red, white and blue! We have lots of activities lined up for you. Come join friends and neighbors for excellent music, games, contests, food, fun and outstanding fireworks!

Schedule:

4:00-9:00pm Food Vendors Open

4:00-5:30pm Free Kids Krafts

4:00-7:30pm Petting Zoo

4:30-5:45pm Westmont Community Band

5:00-8:00pm Face Painting (nominal fee)

5:30-6:30pm Free Kids Games (ages 4-12)

5:30-6:15pm Barnyard Bingo

5:30-7:30pm Balloon Sculptors

5:45pm Free Cake (while supplies last!)

6:30pm Little Mr. & Miss Firecracker Award (ages 6-8)
Little Mr. & Miss Sparkler (ages 2-5)
Newest Newborn Award (1 and under)
Uncle Sam’s Family Award (you must register at Gazebo to be eligible for award drawings. Free.)

7:00pm Free Watermelon Eating Contest

7:30-9:15pm Grand Ave Big Band

9:30pm Fireworks Spectacular

Wheaton, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:5:30 pm
venue:Graf Park
address:1855 Manchester Road Wheaton, IL 60187

Fireworks at the nearby DuPage County Fairgrounds. Activities include food vendors, music, carnival rides and more.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:10:00 am
venue:Downtown Wheaton
address:Hawthorne and Main Street Wheaton, IL 60187

The Wheaton Park District hosts the annual parade in downtown Wheaton. Parade Route: Starts at Hawthorne and Main Street; south on Main Street; turns west (right) on Wesley Street; turns south (left) on Wheaton Avenue; turns east (left) on Front Street; concludes at Front and Cross streets.

Willowbrook, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:5:00 pm
venue:Walker Park
address:7425 South Wolf Road Willowbrook, IL 60527

Once again, Pleasant Dale Park District will host a fantastic family event to celebrate Independence Day – and this year, the Fireworks will be held at dark. Starting at 5:00 PM sell snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments at Gazebo – so be sure to stop by for a treat! You’ll want to get to Walker Park at dust to settle in for an annual tradition – our spectacular fireworks display!

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:30 am to 11:00 am
venue:Walker Park
address:7425 South Wolf Road Willowbrook, IL 60527

Pancake Breakfast.

Wilmette, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:4:30 pm
venue:Gillson Park
address:Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091

Games and rides for children, entertainment, roving performers, and a Tastefest are all part of the festivities.

Schedule:
Festival Stage:

4:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Emcee: Ken Schultz, The Flying Fool

5 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. Laura Doherty Band, award-winning Kids/Family Trio

6 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Dennis DeBondt, Very Funny Magic

7 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. The Jesse White Tumblers, Sponsored by the Village of Wilmette

7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Fortunate Sons, Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute Band

Post-Fireworks – 10:45 p.m. The Dooley Brothers, Folk, Irish, Swing & Good Old Rock & Roll

Roving Entertainers

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. John Scheurich, Juggler

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Frank Birdsall, Uncle Sam on Stilts

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Dennis DeBondt, More Very Funny Magic

Sports, Games & Rides

4 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Games and Races (in the main game area), Preschool-Adult

4 p.m.-7 p.m. Free Throws (south of Big Tent), Grades 2-3 & 4-8. Final rounds: 7 p.m.

4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Speed Pitch (south of softball field)

4 p.m.- 8 p.m. Carnival Games (in the Big Tent), Preschool through 8 years old

4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Face Painting (tent near Moonwalk) All Ages

4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Moonwalk

4 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Mini Golf, Tot Train, Rat Race Obstacle

Food

4 p.m. until closing Taste-Fest, featuring some of your favorite restaurants

Independence Day Concert At Wallace Bowl

7:15 p.m. Broadway Show Sneak Preview: Brigadoon

7:30 p.m. Palatine Concert Band

July 3rd Grand Fireworks Display

9:30 p.m. Shot over Lake Michigan between the Pier and Wilmette Harbor

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:8:00 am
venue:Gillson Park
address:Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue Wilmette, IL 60091

There are six categories for men and women in the Fun Run contest, with awards presented in all categories. The Walk for Fun is for recreation only—no awards are presented.

The Youth Run has four age groups—6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13—to accommodate the large number of entrants. Pee Wee runners are age 5 and under.

Schedule:

7 a.m. Open Registration at the Big Tent

7:30 a.m.Runners warm up

8 a.m. Adult Fun Run, Men and Women, 13 & Up

8 a.m. Adult Walk For Fun, (recreational only) Men and Women, 13 & Up

9:15 a.m. Youth Run, ages 6-7

9:25 a.m. Youth Run, ages 8-9

9:35 a.m. Youth Run, ages 10-11

9:45 a.m. Youth Run, ages 12-13

9:55 a.m. Pee Wee Run, 5 & Under

Early adult registrations are $20, the day of the event the adult fee is $25. Registration for children is $10. Note: Pee Wees (5 & under) run for free, but registration is requested.

Winnebago, IL

date:Tuesday, July 3, 2012
time:5:00 pm to 10:00 pm
venue:Winnebago High School
address:200 East McNair Road Winnebago, IL 61088

5:00pm Food Booths Open

5:00pm – 10:00pm Oak Ridge Amusements

6:00pm – 9:00pm Tom & Brenda Paulson DJ’s

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:30 am
venue:Winnebago High School
address:200 East McNair Road Winnebago, IL 61088

7:30am – 10:00am 4th of July Breakfast Fundraiser – Downtown – Hosted by Anna’s Pizza & Pasta

9:00am Parade Line-up in Front of High School on McNair

(All cars & trucks will need to show proof of insurance before driving in the parade)

10:00am Parade (McNair Rd to Benton St, Winnebago St to Elida St)

11:00am – 10:00pm Food Booths Open

11:00am Business Booths Open

11:00am Bed race on Elida Street – Police vs. Firemen (following parade)

11:00am – until dusk Oak Ridge Amusements

11:30am Opening Ceremonies (Main Stage)

12:00pm Car Show

12:00pm – 1:00pm Timber Point (Bluegrass Band – Main Stage)

12:00pm – 9:00pm Karaoke

1:00pm – 1:20pm Winnebago Dance Teams & J & J Middle School Dance Camp (Main Stage)

2:00pm – 2:40pm Prime Time Live (Rock & Oldies – Main Stage)

2:40pm – 3:00pm Pie Eating Contest (Main Stage – sign up at Information Center)

2:00pm – 5:00pm Billy the Balloon Guy

3:00pm – 4:00pm Prime Time Live (Rock & Oldies – Main Stage)

4:00pm – 4:20pm Mystery Eating Contest (Main Stage – sign up at Information Center)

4:20pm – 5:00pm Prime Time Live (Rock & Oldies – Main Stage)

5:00pm – 5:20pm TKI Martial Arts Center Demonstration (Main Stage)

5:30pm – 5:50pm Side by side Fire Sprinkler Demonstration by Win-Bur-Sew Fire Department (East Corner of Grounds)

6:00pm – 6:40pm Penny Mae Dixon (Country – Main Stage)

6:40pm – 7:00pm Pie Eating Contest (Main Stage – sign up at Information Center)

7:00pm – 7:40pm Penny Mae Dixon (Country – Main Stage)

7:40pm – 8:00pm Closing Ceremonies & Retire the Flag (Main Stage)

8:00pm – 9:00pm Penny Mae Dixon (Country – Main Stage)

Dusk “Fireworks”

Woodstock, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Historic Woodstock Square
address:Johnson Street Woodstock, IL 60098

Our annual patriotic salute

Yorkville, IL

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:9:00 am
venue:Game Farm Road
address:Game Farm Road Yorkville, IL 60560

Parade line up is from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.

Parade will start at 9:00 a.m.

Parade route as follows: Game Farm Road, Somonauk Street, King Street, West Main Street, Church Street, Will end at the water tower.

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:7:00 pm
venue:Larson Nelson Funeral Home
address:410 East Countryside Parkway Yorkville, IL 60560

The Yorkville Community Band will perform at Larson-Nelson Funeral Home

date:Wednesday, July 4, 2012
time:All Day
venue:Town Square Park
address:301 North Bridge Street Yorkville, IL 60560

-Food will be available in the Towne Square Park located at Route 47 and Center Street

-Kids Foot Races and the Yorkville Community Band will perform in the Town Square Park following the parade

-Kids Waterfights will follow the Kids Foot Races

-Kids Rides and Games will be provided in the Town Square Park until 1:00 p.m.

Well, that’s all I’ve got! If you have something going on in your town and I don’t have it listed, let me know!!!

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