For most Americans, it wouldn’t be the Fourth of July without fireworks, parades and picnics. Here are some fun Independence Day events in the area.
The Fourth of July will begin in Brookfield with the annual parade. This year’s parade will step off at 10 a.m. July 4 at Garfield Avenue and Grand Boulevard. It will proceed southeast on Grand Boulevard to Brookfield Avenue, then go eastbound on Brookfield Avenue to Kiwanis Park.
A celebration will be in Kiwanis Park at 12:30 p.m. with food and beverages, as well as musical entertainment. Music will be provided by the Neverly Brothers and Deja Vu.
Local bands Far-Sighted and Something’s Not Right also will perform. They won first and second place, respectively, in the Battle of the Bands contest earlier this year.
Fourth of July events in Riverside will start July 3. The annual Concert in the Park will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Guthrie Park, Longcommon and Burling roads, featuring The Brat Pack. Food and beverages will be available.
The 35th annual Riverside Independence Day 5k Run will begin at 7:30 a.m. July 4. The parade will begin at 8:45 a.m., followed by the annual festival at 10 a.m.
Independence Day events will begin in Lyons with the annual parade July 4. It will step off at 1 p.m. at Lawndale Avenue and 46th Street. The parade will proceed eastbound on 46th Street to Joliet Avenue, then go northbound on Joliet Avenue to the Lyons Fire Department just north of Collins Avenue.
A children’s party will be later that day at 7 p.m. in Veterans Park, adjacent to Village Hall. A fireworks display will be at dusk.