Independence Day is a celebration of America’s birthday, officially celebrated on Monday, July 4. Since the holiday is Monday, many of the communities around Chicagoland make it a long weekend of patriotic celebrations. The communities of Lake County, Illinois, observe the festive, patriotic holiday with parades, fireworks and community gatherings. Following are the community events and fireworks for Fourth of July weekend, 2011.
Update: Fourth of July festivals and fireworks in Lake County 2012
Of special note, is the celebration at Great Lakes Naval Base, which is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. The base opens its 4th of July festival to the public, and this is a great place to commemorate America’s most patriotic holiday. Attached, to the left of this article, is a slideshow of pictures from July 4th weekend last year. The slideshow includes several pictures from the festival at Great Lakes Naval Base.
Great Lakes 3 Day Celebration
This is the 100th anniversary year for Great Lakes and the base is celebrating its centennial year and the nation’s most patriotic holiday. The celebration is open to the public at Great Lakes Naval Station on Saturday – Monday, July 2 – 4 The two day festival includes music, entertainment, illusionists, bingo, jugglers, kid’s activities, food and more. The spectacular fireworks shows light the skies two nights this year, on Sunday and Monday nights.
Antioch 4th of July Celebration
The July 4th Parade kicks off the celebration on Monday, July 4, at 10am on Main Street. A children’s Fun Fair follows at Williams Park. There is also a 5K run, picnic, entertainment and a fireworks show at dusk.
Barrington’s 4th of July Parade is on Monday, July 4, at 10:00 a.m. The parade, themed “Traditions & Memories,” travels on Main Street from Barrington HIgh School to the train station. The Barrington Community Band plays from noon to 2 p.m. Fireworks, at dusk, can best be seen from Barrington High School at Lake Cook and Hart Road.
Barrington is holding its 27th Annual 4th of July Celebration, a four day event, from Friday, Juily 1 – Monday, July 4. The daytime hours offer Kids’ Daytime activities, with access to all activities, hot dogs and soda. Admission is $5 for kids 3) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and adult admission is free. After 6 p.m. The admission for adults is $5/$1 14-18/ages 13 and under Free.
Buffalo Grove July 4
The 4th of July concert and fireworks in Buffalo Grove will be on Monday night at the Rotary Village Green Northside of Old Checker Road. The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band presents a two hour pre- fireworks concert starting at 7:00 p.m. The Independence Day Fireworks Show is at 9:15 p.m. Bring picnic lunches, lawn chairs and/or blankets to sit on and enjoy the free entertainment.
Deerfield Family Days July 3-4
Deerfield Family Days is a two day celebration on Sunday and Monday, July 3-4. On Sunday, live entertainment provided by Bizar Entertainment and food will be available from local restaurants. On Sunday, Brickyards Park opens at 5 p.m. and the entertainment start at 6:00 p.m. The fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m. on Sunday night.
The fun continues on Monday, July 4, with a pancake breakfast (8-10:30 a.m.) , arts & crafts (7:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.),10K race (8 a.m.) bike parade (8:30 – 9 a.m.) and dog show (8:45 – 10 a.m). Family activities, including rides, games, flower show, petting zoo, and ponies will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.. The concert band will play at 11 a.m.. the 4th of Jly Parade will step off at noon
Fox Lake – Satuday, July 2
The day long event in Fox Lake includes a tractor parade at 10:00 a.m, boat parade at 6 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. The fireworks show can be seen throughout the area, but the best view is on the north and west shores of the lake or by boat. Hundreds of boats bob in the lake as the fireworks show takes place, and then the boats themselves form a type of nighttime water parade, as they head for home after the parade.
The Village of Hawthorn Woods
The 4th of July Parade will be at 10 am on Monday. The parade begins at Falkirk and Lagoon and Carlisle intersection and ends at the Village Hall Barn. The 4th of July fireworks show is on Sunday, July 3 at Community Park.
Grayslake Family Picnic Day and Fireworks July 2
The celebration includes the ‘Taste of Grayslake,’ live entertainment, a live animal show and music. The fireworks show is at dusk of Saturday.
Highland Park July 4
The celebration on Monday, July 4, begins with a parade at 10:00 am in downtown Highland Park. The Parade is followed by Fourth Fest at Sunset Woods Park, which includes a petting zoo, pony rides, food and music. Fireworks by the City of Highland Park are at dusk at Wolters Field.
Lake Bluff 4th of July Celebration
Lake Bluff celebrates on Friday with Taste of Lake Bluff The 4th of July Parade begins on Monday at 10:00 a.m.
Lake Forest – July 4
The fun starts at 6 p.m. on July 4th when rocking bands take the soundstage. Sixteen Candles will start the evening off with Rick Springfield as the main headliner. Activities happen all through the evening and the fireworks display starts around 9:30 p.m. Bring your own food and beverages or.The purchase vendor tickets at the Festival. The celebration is at Deerpath Park/
Lake Zurich Family Day on July 3
The family day at Paulus Park begins on Saturday at 9:00 a.m. The day of entertainment includes live music,children’s activities and the Taste of Summer. Fireworks are on Sunday at 9:15 p.m. $3 admission for non member adults and children 4 and older
Libertyville July 4
Libertyville’s July 4th celebration is on Monday at Butler Lake Park. The event starts at 7:00 p.m. The Village Band plays in the bandstand. Fireworks start at dusk (9:30 p.m.)
Lincolnshire’s Red, White and Blue Festival
Two day event is at Spring Lake Park on Sunday at 4:00 – 10:00 pm and Monday 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. The activities include live entertainmenet, food, beer tent, carnival games and a classic car show. The fireworks show is on Monday night.
Mundelein Community Days July 1-4
Mundelein Community Days runs from Friday -Monday, July 1-4. Most of the events are held on or near the fairgrounds, including a carnival, games, contests musical performers and more. Fireworks are set for Monday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m. The 4th of July parade will be held on Sunday, July 3th at 2:00 pm. starting at the Village Hall and proceeding down Haley Street to the High School.
Round Lake 4th of July
The Round Lake Independence Day celebration, held at the Cultural & Civic Center on Monday, July 4, begins at 6:00, with a patriotic concert by the Park District’s Community Band. At 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. the Incognito’s will perform music from the 50′ through the 90’s. Fireworks begin at about 9:30 p.m.
Vernon Hills 4th of July Parade and Events
The 4th of July Parade steps off at 9:00 a.m. At the corner of Deerpath and Atruim, just south of Highway 60 (Town Line Road). Evening festivities run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., with music by J.P. And the Cats. At approximately 9:30 p.m.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.
Waukegan July 3
The Independence Day Parade, themed “Hometown, USA,” steps off on Sunday at 1:00 p.m. Food vendors and cbegin serving at 11:30 a.m. Children’s games, a petting zoo and pony rides will be avilalbe for 2;30 – 5:00 p.m. in Bowen park. The Waukegan Band will play a program of American music. TheThe 4th of July Fireworks are on Sunday at 9:30 p.m. on the Waukegan Lakefront.
Zion 4th of July Festival – Sunday, July 4
The day long celebration includes a basketball tournament, live entertainment, food and family fun. The Fireworks display is on Monday night.
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