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DeKalb County July 4 activities

A list of local activities celebrating Independence Day.



Friday: 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 sight 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 66th consecutive Fourth of July Celebration Thursday through Saturday. This is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in Illinois. All proceeds from the event are used for the Lion’s charitable work throughout the year. Events wil take place at Franklin Township Park, 290 South St.

The schedule follows:

Thursday: 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 – Hannah Corn; sophomore – Lauren Watson; junior – Monica Hakes; and seniors – Elizabeth Sechrest and Bianca Garcia. The beer garden will have Shuvlhed playing from 8 p.m. to midnight.

Friday: 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 acoustic music by Tony Sheehan will follow at 3 p.m. The last act will be Steve McClanahan playing acoustic pop/rock from 6 to 8 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 Dale Rhode & The Crossroads, followed by The Wind Gypsys from 6 to 10 p.m.

Saturday: Kirkland Methodist Church will hold a community breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the church, Third and South streets. Cost is $7 at the door. 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 will open at noon and beer garden at 1 p.m. Free entertainment on the park stage starts at 1 p.m. with ventriloquist, storyteller and songstress Sandi Sylver. 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 will entertain the crowd at 5 p.m. and the Hiawatha Pep and Jazz Band will perform at 6 p.m. Another baggo tourney will be held in the Beer Garden at 2 p.m. Drift Away will play in the beer garden from 6 to 8 p.m. and Back Country Roads will play from 8 p.m. to midnight. 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.

For information, call Jeffrey Anderberg at 815-397-6660, Greg Gissler at 815-826-0057 or Amy Polzin at 815-262-5069 or visit


Fourth of July Celebration

Saturday: The Fourth of July 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 in the evening at the fire station.

Sunday: The 31st annual 1 Mile Fun Run and 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 Fireworks will be held at dusk at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. A donation is $5 per family is appreciated. Donations help to defray the cost. Food vendors will be available.


Barbecue and fireworks

Friday: 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 $11 for a meal with two pork chops. Drive-through pick-up will be available. Fireworks will be displayed over the lake at dusk Friday at Shabbona Lake State Park. Recommended donation is $10 per car or $10 per campsite. For information, email or visit

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