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Local Fourth of July events



Thursday: The Independence Day celebration starts with vendors opening at 2 p.m. and ends with fireworks at dusk at Hopkins Park. Bring chairs, blankets, games and appetites for an afternoon and evening with family and friends. Food booths from many local caterers, grills and vendors will be on site in the early afternoon. The DeKalb Municipal Band will perform in the band shell before and during the fireworks. Fireworks are co-sponsored by the DeKalb Park District and city of DeKalb.

Fourth of July Celebration

The Kirkland Lions Club will hold its 65th consecutive 4th of July Celebration Wednesday through Saturday. This is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in Illinois. All proceeds from the event are used for charitable work throughout the year. Events wil take place at Franklin Township Park, 290 South St.

The schedule follows:

Wednesday: Opens at 5 p.m. including the lunch stand, flea market and carnival. Unlimited ride wristband night will run from 6 to 10 p.m. Karaoke by Jamie from 6 to 10 p.m. At 7 p.m., the crowning of Ms. 4th of July will take place. The candidates are: freshman – Presley Fisher; sophomore – Amber Groebner; junior – Betsy Koehnke; and seniors – Dani Clark and Ashley Tamraz. The beer garden will Shuvlhed playing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Thursday: Pancake breakfast in the park from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Parade starts at 11 a.m., followed by pork chop barbecue served in the park. Hiawatha Schools will hold an open house from 1 to 5 p.m. Pedal Pulls for the youngsters at 4 p.m. in the middle of the park. Free entertainment on the park stage starts at 1 p.m. with a science show; Summerfield Zoo will give an animal presentation at 2 p.m.; and ventriloquist Sandi Sylver will follow at 3 p.m. The Kirkland Fire Department water fights start at 2 p.m. A baggo tourney begins at 3 p.m. in the beer garden. Beer garden entertainment starts at noon with the Babin Brothers, followed by Funktional Family from 6 to 10 p.m.

Friday: Bingo starts at 2 p.m. and the rest of the festival opens at 5 p.m. A second wrist band night will be offered. Music will be provided from 6 to 8 p.m. by Cover Story Band. Back Country Roads will play in the beer garden from 8 p.m. to midnight. 

Saturday: Kirkland Methodist Church will hold a community breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. Car and truck show registration begins at 8 a.m. with trophies to be awarded at 4 p.m. The Tractor Show runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival and beer garden will open at noon. Free entertainment on the Park Stage starts at 1 p.m. with the Kirkland Police Department's Fatal Vision and K-9 unit demonstrations. Bellydancing by Daryea will be on stage 2 p.m. At 3 p.m. will be the Arthur Murray Dance Studio, followed at 4 p.m. by Lewis Dance Progressions. The Magic of Brian Holt can be seen at 5 p.m. and the Hiawatha Jazz Band will perform at 6 p.m. Another Baggo Tourney will be held in the Beer Garden at 2 p.m. The Kirkland Lions will offer hearing screenings from 4 to 6 p.m. Menagerie will play in the beer garden from 5 to 9 p.m. The celebration will end with the fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Winners of the raffle drawing will be announced in the park after the fireworks.

Fourth of July Celebration

Saturday: The festival parade will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday. Entries will assemble at the Sandwich Fairgrounds between 8:30 to 9 a.m. Entries will be judged in the following categories: Best Business / Political, Best Family and Best Nonprofit. A form and $20 fee is required for each entry and will be accepted the day of the parade. Candy may be handed out, but not thrown from a vehicle or float. Super soakers and hoses are not permitted. Residents are asked not to use hoses to cool off any parade participants. The Sandwich Fire Department will host Water Fights for children, ages 3 to 13, beginning at 5 p.m. Community fire departments will compete in water fights beginning at 7 p.m. The water fights will take place in front of the Sandwich Fire Department.

Sunday: The 30th annual Tot Trot, 1 Mile Fun Run, 5K Race will begin at James Knights Park, 1001 N. Latham St. The 1-mile fun run/walk will step off at 8 a.m. and 5K race at 8:30 a.m. Registration forms are available at the David A. Francis Center, in Knights Park or online at Sandwich Cub Scout Pack 345 will host a pancake breakfast at the Sandwich Fire Department from 7 a.m. to noon. The Historical Society will present “Walk Down Memory Lane” at 1 p.m. in the Fire Department Meeting room. Somonauk Blue Stocking will have a vintage baseball game beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. The '80s rock tribute band, Epic, will play from 6:30 to 9 p.m. near the grandstand. Fireworks will be held at dusk. The main gate for the fireworks will open at 5 p.m. The Lisbon Street gate will be open for walk-ins. Suggested donation is $5 per carload. Donations help to defray the cost. Food vendors will be available near the grandstand.


Barbecue and fireworks
Thursday: The Shabbona Lions will hold its annual Fourth of July Pork Chop Barbecue from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Train Depot located at the base of the Water Tower in Shabbona. The cost is $8 for a single chop and $10 for two. Drive-through pick-up will be available. Fireworks will be displayed over the lake at dusk Thursday at Shabbona Lake State Park. Recommended donation is $10 per car, but no car will be turned away.


Saturday: Sycamore Speedway, 50W086 Route 64, plans a large fireworks display along with a night of racing. Gates open at 6 p.m., time trials start at 7 p.m. with racing at 8 p.m., followed by fireworks. Admission is free for children younger than 6, $5 for those ages 6 to 13, and $12 for ages 14 and up.
Tuesdays on the Town

July 9: Downtown Sycamore will host "Salute to America" from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. This free family-friendly activity includes live music and a showing of "Surf's Up."

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