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Wheaton welcomes July 4 with parade, fireworks and “Salute to Service”

Published: Thursday, June 27, 2013 5:00 p.m. CDT

WHEATON – The city of Wheaton is planning two days of celebration for Independence Day, including fireworks, activities and a parade under the theme “Salute to Service.”

Wheaton’s Graf Park will be open for picnics, games and music beginning at 5 p.m. July 3. A Civil War reenactment troupe will make camp in the park, answering questions and demonstrating the way of life of the era. Kid-friendly events are planned, including crafts and carnival rides, as well as baggo games for all ages. DJ Gabe Ortiz from Goforit! Entertainment will provide music and concessions will be sold.

A 20-minute fireworks display will end the night about 9:15 p.m.

Festivities continue on the Fourth, with the Wheaton Independence Day parade starting at 10 a.m. at Main Street and Hawthorne Boulevard in front of an audience anticipated to number in the tens of thousands of people.

There are more than 100 entries in the parade, which is considered one of the largest in the state. Seven awards will be given for parade entries, including most patriotic, most creative and best use of theme. Retired Wheaton Fire Chief Gregory Berk will serve as Grand Marshall.

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