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DUFFY: Sizzling summer fun planned in downtown DeKalb this month

Published: Monday, June 30, 2014 9:30 p.m. CDT

The official first day of summer may be June 21, but July is when summer really kicks into high gear.

The month begins with Independence Day celebrations throughout the area. The fireworks over Hopkins Park are always a great show and a fun time to celebrate with family, friends and the community. It’s a great reminder of how special independence is and how great this country is. The opportunities for us to do the things that we want to do and the freedom to choose should not be taken for granted.

The month of July offers a number of choices of fun events in DeKalb. Here are a few key dates and events.

July 17 – This date has a lot going on and all happening in downtown DeKalb. The DeKalb Chamber is holding an open house for those interested in being a part of the next DeKalb Leadership Academy class. The open house provides the chance to speak to alumni of the program and find out more about the Leadership Academy. This event will be from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the chamber office.

On the same evening from 5 to 7 p.m. is our July After Hours at The House Café. Stop by to check out what’s new and sample great food off a new menu. This also coincides with the monthly Girls Night Out shopping event in downtown DeKalb. The theme of July is Sizzling Sidewalk Sales. Come check out some of the great shops and see more of the new stores that have recently opened. Stores are open from 5 to 8 p.m. to enjoy the summer evening.

July 22 – The morning begins with the annual State of the City presentation at the Hopkins Park Terrace Room. The breakfast buffet begins at 8 a.m. and leads into presentations by Mayor John Rey, City Manager Anne Marie Gaura and Northern Illinois University President Doug Baker. They will provide a recap of the previous fiscal year and a look ahead at the upcoming year. It’s an exciting time in DeKalb and this is a great opportunity to hear about what is coming. Contact the chamber or visit the event calendar at www.dekalb.org to register. Space is limited, so sign up today.

Later that day, the second annual Fourth Street Family Fun Fest will be held. This free family event was a tremendous success in its first year. Families are invited to come to check out vehicles (snow plow, fire truck, police car, ambulance, etc.) and a number of Fourth Street businesses on hand with games, food and chances to win prizes. This event will be from 4 to 6:30 p.m. in the DeKalb Education Center parking lot, 901 S. Fourth St.

The week continues with a fun “Skate Street DeKalb” event in downtown DeKalb on July 23 as a part of Kishwaukee Fest. This fest is in its fifth year and includes the always popular parade on July 25 starting at 7 p.m. Check out these events and more at www.dekalb.org. The summer is a great time to get out and enjoy all that DeKalb has to offer.

• Matt Duffy is executive director of the DeKalb Chamber of Commerce.

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