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DeKalb County to celebrate the Fourth of July

Crowds sit in the bleachers in front of the bandshell several hours before the fireworks start on July 4, 2017, at Hopkins Park.
Crowds sit in the bleachers in front of the bandshell several hours before the fireworks start on July 4, 2017, at Hopkins Park.

With the Independence Day holiday falling on a Wednesday this year, many communities have planned celebrations starting next weekend. Following is a list of area events:


5K Run/Walk and Fireworks

July 4: 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 On-site registration costs $30 (cash only) and is available from 7:30 to 8 a.m. For information, visit 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 bandshell before and during the fireworks.


Hinckley Fireworks Fest

Saturday: The fest at the Hinckley-­Big Rock High School grounds, 700 E. Lincoln Highway, will feature a car, truck and tractor show from 3 to 7 p.m., craft and business vendors, bounce houses, pony rides, food trucks, Lions Club bingo, live music by Whiskey Romance from 7 to 10 p.m. and a fireworks show at dusk. The decorated bike parade will be held at 3 p.m., with proceeds benefiting Hinckley Parks and Recreation and Fox Valley Older Adult Services. For information, visit


Fourth of July Celebration

The Kirkland Lions Club will hold its 70th consecutive Fourth of July Celebration from Sunday, July 1, through Wednesday, July 4. This is the oldest continuous Independence Day celebration in Illinois. 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.

The schedule follows:

Sunday: The Kirkland Lions Club 5K Fun Run steps off at 10 a.m. with registration at 9 a.m. The festival opens at 11 a.m. with an antique tractor show, food and beer tent and Fork in the Road playing on the main stage. At 1 p.m. there will be water fights. Wrist bands cost $20 for rides from 1 to 5 p.m. At 2 p.m. there will be a bags tournament with registration from noon to 2 p.m. On the small stage, Steve McClanahan will play acoustic pop/rock. On the large stage, Vintage Vinyl will perform from 5 to 7 p.m. and AudioDrive from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

July 2: The festival and the beer tent will open at 5 p.m. The Cruise in to Kirkland Car Show runs from 5 to 8 p.m. Bingo will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wrist bands cost $20 for rides from 6 to 10 p.m. On the small stage, will be Jim Crow DJ and Karaoke from 6 to 10 p.m. and the queen contest at 7 p.m. On the large stage, Coyote Okie Karaoke will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and Southern Ridge will perform from 7 to 10:30 p.m.

July 3: 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 held from 6 to 9 p.m.

July 4: A pancake breakfast will be held 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


Steak Fry and Fourth of July Celebration

July 3: 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.

July 4: 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


Sandwich Freedom Days

Saturday: The Independence Day Parade will line up beginning at 8:30 a.m., the parade will start at 10 a.m. at the west gate of the fairgrounds. The fire department will host a pork chop fundraiser dinner catered by 5-B’s Catering from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Blaze in the City Classic Car Show, music, raffles, petting zoo, crafts, bounce houses, kids’ activities and water fights and more will start downtown at noon.

Sunday: The Freedom Run will begin at Knights Park, 1001 N. Latham St., at 7:30 a.m., the Tot Trot for ages 5 and younger will begin at 7:45 a.m., the 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K Freedom Run will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cub Scouts Pack 345 will host a pancake breakfast at the fire department from 8 a.m. to noon. There will be a vintage baseball game at the Sandwich Fairgrounds at 5 p.m. and POWW Pro-wrestling matches from 6 to 8 p.m. Fireworks will start at dark, around 9:30 p.m. at the Sandwich Fairgrounds. Parking is a suggested donation of $5 per car. Food will be available inside the grounds.


Fourth of July Celebration

July 4: 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 per car. For information, visit