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Local Fourth of July Events, Fireworks

These Independence Day festivities feature plenty of performances, food, activities and, of course, fireworks for the whole family to enjoy.

BOLINGBROOK

ALL- AMERICAN CELEBRATION

WHAT: At the Budweiser Concert Pavilion, visitors can expect entertainment from bands including Josh and The Empty PocketsRendition and The Gina Glocksen Band, as well as a food pavilion, outdoor tavern, beer garden and games and activities for the kids. Fireworks begin after the national anthem at 9:15 p.m.

WHEN: 3 p.m. Monday; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

WHERE: , 2001 Rodeo Drive

MORE INFO: View the flyer, call the Bolingbrook Golf Club at (630) 771-9400.

CHANNAHON

FREEDOM PARADE

WHAT: With a "Freedom Parade" beginning at 6 p.m., Channahon's celebration will allow children from the area to decorate their bikes and wagons as well as enjoy a concert in the park and other games and activities, including face painting and a dunk tank.

WHEN: 6 p.m. Monday; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.

WHERE:  on McClintock Road

MORE INFO: Visit the event website

DARIEN 

DARIEN LIONS FOURTH OF JULY PARADE AND PICNIC

WHAT: This year's theme is "Celebrating the Independence of Our Country and the 40th Anniversary of the Darien Lions," promising an event filled with excitement as the parade crosses the town, with entrants vying for trophies.

WHEN: 9:30 a.m. Monday.

WHERE: From  on Clarendon Hills Road to .

MORE INFO: Visit the event website

NAPERVILLE

RIBFEST/FIREWORKS

WHAT: Naperville's four-day festival features musical performances by REO SpeedwagonStyxMontgomery Gentry and Phil Vassar, along with carnival rides and food, ending with spectacular fireworks at 9:30 p.m. on Independence Day. After 7:30 p.m. Monday access is free for those wishing to watch the fireworks.

WHEN: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday to Monday; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: , 724 S. West St.

MORE INFO:  Visit the festival website or see Patch's  for other details.

OSWEGO

FIREWORKS

WHAT: Oswego's annual fireworks show returns July 4, presented by Mad Bomber. Spectators should use the parking lots of Eastview Elementary School, Traughber Junior High School, Prairie Point Elementary School and Oswego High School for good views.

WHEN: 9:30 to 10 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: , 4120 Plainfield Road.

MORE INFO: Visit Patch's , read the parking guidelines, or call (630) 554-3618.

PLAINFIELD

PATRIOTIC PICNIC AND FIREWORKS

WHAT: Families will enjoy Plainfield's kid-friendly activities, from an inflatable obstacle course to sidewalk art and family games. Operation Support Our Troops also provides touch-a-truck activities. Plus, music will be played by a live DJ, and the Plainfield Park District's dance classes will perform at 7 p.m. before the fireworks at dusk.

WHEN: 5 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday.

WHERE: , 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive.

MORE INFO: Visit the Plainfield Park District's website, or contact Kelly Banach by calling (815) 436-8812, ext. 35, or emailing banach@plainfieldparkdistrict.com

WOODRIDGE

44TH ANNUAL FOURTH OF JULY PICNIC

WHAT: With music, an assortment of food and treats and rides for the children, this year's Fourth of July Picnic, hosted by the , will be full of fun for the whole family.

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: , 3024 71st St.

MORE INFO: Visit the  on Patch.

FIREWORKS

WHAT: Make sure to grab a spot along 75th Street to get the best views of the fireworks show at the celebration of Independence Day at Zigfield Troy Golf & Lost Mountain Adventure Golf.

WHEN: 9:30 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: , 1535 75th St.

MORE INFO: Visit the  on Patch or the community website or call (630) 852-7000.

YORKVILLE

56TH ANNUAL INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION

WHAT: Performances by the Yorkville Community Band and the American Legion add to the , featuring free rides in Town Square Park, food and a parade, culminating in a fireworks display that doubles the amount of last year's event to honor the 50th year of hosting by the Bristol Kendall Firemen's Association.

WHEN: 9 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday.

WHERE: , 301 N. Bridge St.

MORE INFO: Visit the Bristol Kendall Firemen's Association website or see Patch's .

Kristin Gustafson Ingram June 28, 2011 at 12:53 PM
I would like to know the time and what the parade route is...this is our first year living in Yorkville and don't want to miss anything :-)
Jim June 28, 2011 at 01:10 PM
The Bristol-Kendall Fire Department website (http://bkfire.org/) lists all the 4th of July activities, and has a map of the parade route. On the bottom left of their home page, click on the "more info" link under the "4th of July 2010" header and you can download a list of 2011 events and the parade route map. Happy Birthday America!
Jillian Duchnowski June 28, 2011 at 01:45 PM
Thanks for the info, Jim. I also typed up a little bit of info, which you can find here: http://patch.com/A-jHHt Does anyway have suggestions for good places to sit to watch the parade and/or fireworks?
Kristy Gravlin June 28, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Sit close enough to the Park that you can come over to the Chapel on the Green about 11:30ish and listen to an organ concert by Martha Price on the o-l-d organ in the Chapel. Then stay for the Civil War Sing-a-long. That will be about an hour, so you will want to have a snack before...or a meal after...the music time. We are anticipating being out about 1:00...but there are lots of unknowns so cannot promise.
Vanessa Holloway July 01, 2011 at 12:31 PM
I saw on the Channahon Park District's website that they added a "Right to Light Raffle" Raffle tickets will be sold at the event on the 4th and the lucky winner starts the fireworks show on stage. They do have great fireworks every year.

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