THROUGH JULY 4
Kirkland 4th of July Celebration. The DeKalb County holiday celebration marks 70 years and will include live entertainment, carnival, bingo, flea market, food, parade, car and tractor show, bags tournament, beer garden, water fights and a raffle. It all wraps up with fireworks on July 4 at dusk. Information: visit kirkland4thofjuly.com or kirklandlions.org.
Aurora’s Independence Day Celebration, downtown Aurora, 23 E. Galena Blvd., 10 a.m.-10 p.m. A monumental parade in the morning is followed by family-friendly fun during the day and for fireworks in the evening. The parade steps off at 10 a.m. This year’s theme is “Party on Aurora” in celebration of the 25th anniversary of Wayne’s World. Family activities and fireworks in two locations including RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway Ave., which also offers food along with a view of the fireworks at Aurora’s premier outdoor concert venue. Gates open at 3 p.m. At McCullough Park, Illinois Ave. and Lake St., there will also be food vendors and free fun with inflatables and music. More entertainment from 7-9:15 p.m. Information: 630-256-3370.
Aurora Historical Society’s Independence Day Celebration, William Tanner House, 305 Cedar St., Aurora, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., free. Event includes free entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 p.m. Information: 630-906-0650.
Batavia’s 4th of July Sky Concert, Mooseheart Field / Engstrom Park, 326 Millview Drive, Batavia, 9 p.m. Batavia hosts one of the most celebrated fireworks productions in the western suburbs with a 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens. The event starts with food vendors at 5 p.m. and entertainment at 6 and 8:15 p.m.
Bensenville LibertyFest features a parade, followed by games, events, music and food at Redmond Park.. LibertyFest is featuring Taste of Towns with some of the best menu offerings from the area being served all day long.
DeKalb Fireworks at Hopkins Park. site opens at 2 p.m. with food booths or picnicking. Fireworks at dusk. Information: dekalbparkdistrict.com
Elgin and Grand Victoria Casino Fourth of July Celebrations, parade at 9 a.m. starting at Slade and Douglas. Events continue at Festival Park with Kool and the Gang at 6 p.m. and fireworks immediately after the concert at Festival Park. Tickets available at gvctickets.com.
Lombard fireworks, 9:30 p.m., Madison Meadow Park. Limited street parking is available. Several Park District lots will be open to the public, but will fill up quickly. Visitors are encouraged to take advantage of the free shuttle service
Oswego fireworks, 9 p.m., launched from Prairie Point Park. Parking available at Prairie Point Park, Oswego High School, the Village of Oswego Public Works Facility and East View Academy. Rain Date is Thursday, July 5.
Rockford 4th of July parade and Holiday Festival of Lights, 7 p.m. Downtown parade kicks off activities with more than 50 entries. Fireworks follow at Davis Park at 9:30 p.m. Park opens at 5 p.m. Admission: $6.
St. Charles July 4th Celebration, Pottawatomie Park. Entertainment starts at 6 p.m., fireworks after dark. Best views from Pottawatomie Park, Ferson Creek Park and downtown St. Charles. Information: 630-513-6200 or visit www.stcparks.org.
Shabbona Hometown Fourth of July. A full weekend of events includes tents and booths of local merchants for many types of arts and crafts plus carnival rides, moon walks, inflatable slides, magic shows, music and games. A parade is set for noon, with ice cream eating contest and pork chop dinner later in the Day. Fireworks at dusk at Shabbona Lake.
Sleepy Hollow Fourth of July celebration, 8 a.m.-evening. Day-long events include a fun run, fishing derby, car show, parade at 11:15 a.m., food and entertainment and fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Information: www.sleepyhollowil.org/
South Elgin parade, 10 a.m. This old-fashioned, flag-waving parade through the heart of the community honors our nation’s independence and the veterans who have fought to protect it.
Wheaton Fourth of July parade, 10 a.m. A long standing tradition that draws thousands and features more than 90 entries. This year’s downtown parade salutes American heroes such as military (active or veterans), police, firefighters and first responders.
Yorkville 4th of July celebration, Town Square Park, 301 N. Bridge St. An Independence Day Parade steps off on Game Farm Road and proceeds to Somonauk Street, King Street, West Main Street, Church Street and ends at the water tower. Town Square activities begin immediately after the parade and will include children’s foot races, rides, water fights, food vendors and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Information: 630-553-4357.
Naperville’s Ribfest, various times and admission prices. Hosted by the Exchange Club of Naperville, Ribfest is a concert and festival featuring internationally celebrated musical artists, family activities and carnival and award-winning rib vendors from across the country. This year’s lineup includes Pitbull, Jake Owen, Jordan Davis, Melissa Etheridge, Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band. Complete details at ribfest.net. Free access to July 4 fireworks provided only at the South Park entrance to Knoch Park, just north of Osler and West and opens at 5 p.m. Information: www.ribfest.net
Delta Rising, Two Brothers Roundhouse, 205 N. Broadway, Aurora, 9 p.m. A tight knit group of experienced musicians, each with over
20 years experience in the Chicago music scene, deliver a mix of blues, classic rock, plus a touch of southern rock thrown in.
Fox Valley Pro Rodeo, Kendall County Fairgrounds, 10826 Rt. 71, Yorkville, 7 p.m. Rodeo action includes events including bareback riding, cowgirl barrel racing, and the rodeo’s most popular and dangerous event – bull riding.
Chicago Polo Women’s Invitational, Arranmore Farm & Polo Club, 34 Rance Rd., Oswego, 4-8 p.m. This match will bring in the best of the best from across the country. Join us and cheer on these amazing women. Tailgaters may bring food and BYOB or purchase beverages onsite.
–Kane County Calendar of Events July 4 – July 8–