There is plenty planned for the holiday. This is a list of area events:
5K RUN/WALK AND FIREWORKS
Wednesday: The DeKalb Park District will host the Independence Day 5K Run/Walk at 8:30 a.m. at Hopkins Park. It will be held on a USATF-certified course with chip timing. Walkers are welcome. Participants are encouraged to dress in red, white and blue. The event is family-friendly, however, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety reasons. Online registration costs $25 at www.signmeup.com. On-site registration costs $30 (cash only) and is available from 7:30 to 8 a.m. For information, visit dekalbparkdistrict.com. Vendors will open at Hopkins Park in the afternoon and fireworks will begin at dusk. Food booths from many local caterers, grills and vendors will be on site. The DeKalb Municipal Band will perform in the band shell before and during the fireworks.
STEAK FRY AND FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Tuesday: The annual Steak Fry from 5 to
7 p.m. at the Leland Lions Club Pavilion will kick off the celebration. Tickets cost $20; call 815-495-2742 or 815-495-9233.
Wednesday: Events include the PTO
5K run, parade, bike decorating, outdoor vendor show, bags, food vendors, a Dixieland band, karaoke, games for all ages and fireworks. This year’s theme is “Living the Dream, in Leland.” For information, visit
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
The Kirkland Lions Club’s 70th consecutive Fourth of July celebration will continue through Wednesday. All proceeds from the event are used for the Lions’ charitable work throughout the year. Events will be at Franklin Township Park, 290 South St.
Tuesday: The festival and the beer tent will open at noon. One Night Stand will perform on the large stage from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by Back Country Roads from 8 p.m. to midnight. On the small stage will be Getting Excited About Science from 5 to 6 p.m. and the Hiawatha Pep & Jazz Band will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Bingo will be from 6 to
Wednesday: A pancake breakfast will be from 7 to 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at
11 a.m. The pork chop barbecue will start at noon. There will be a bags tournament at
2 p.m. and bingo from 3 to 9 p.m. On the small stage, acoustic music by Anthony Sheehan will be from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., Summerfield Zoo Exotic Animals from 3 to 4 p.m., kids comedian Master Ron from 4 to 5 p.m., the magic of Brian Holt from 5 to 6 p.m. and a music performance by Stan Riley from 6 to
8 p.m. On the large stage, Dale Rhode will perform from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Luxury Pork from 5 to 7:30 p.m. and Grammy and ACM Award winner Joe Diffie from 8 to 9:30 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.
For information, call Richard Wince at 847-567-2164 or Blaise Humphry at 815-938-6293 or visit www.kirkland4thofjuly.com.
FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION
Wednesday: The Shabbona Fire Department will host its All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast at the fire station from 7 to 11 a.m. Pokanoka’s Trail Run and Walk will start at
8 a.m. at Shabbona Lake State Park. Registration the day of the event costs $30 for runners and $15 for walkers. Proceeds benefit Safe Passage, DeKalb County’s domestic violence and sexual assault agency. The Shabbona Hometown Festival will be from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Activities include vendor and craft booths, carnival rides, a petting zoo and food. An ice cream eating contest will be at 2 p.m. The parade will start at noon from Indian Creek High School. The Lions Club Drive-Thru Pork Chop Dinner will be from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in Lions Park. Fireworks will be displayed over the lake at dusk at Shabbona Lake State Park. Recommended donation is $10 a car. For information, visit www.shecevents.com.