Festive Fourth

Plenty to do to celebrate Independence Day

Celebrate Independence Day not only on July 4, but also throughout the weekend with the following area events:


Hinckley Fireworks Fest and Car Show will be from 4 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 29, at Hinckley-Big Rock High School. The event will include the third annual car and truck show, craft and business vendors, food trucks and kids activities, including bounce houses and pony rides. Whiskey Romance will perform at 7 p.m. and will play through the fireworks show at dusk.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/313314359389036.


Leland’s Fourth of July celebrations will begin on Wednesday, July 3, with the Leland Town and Country Association’s annual Steak Fry. The event will begin at 4 p.m. with a cruise night and DJ Benny, a steak dinner from 5 to 7 p.m. and the PTO 5K Glow Run at 8 p.m. The dinner costs $20 per person and includes steak, corn on the cob, baked potato, dessert and beverage. Carry-outs available.

On Thursday, July 4, events include the Fourth of July Parade starting at the school at 10 a.m., bike decorating after the parade, vintage baseball starting around 11:30 a.m., an outdoor vendor show from 4 to 9 p.m. featuring bags, miniature train rides, food vendors, live music, karaoke and games for all ages. LTCA’s Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza with the theme “Red, White and Boom” will be at dusk, around 9 p.m. The fireworks show is free with donations welcome.

For more information about Leland’s Fourth of July celebrations, call 815-341-5786.


Sandwich Freedom Days will be the weekend after July 4. On Saturday, July 6, the parade will begin at 10 a.m. from the Sandwich Fairgrounds. There will be a car and bike show downtown off Railroad Street from noon to 4 p.m.

Fireworks will be at dark at the Sandwich Fairgrounds; the fireworks show’s rain date is Sunday, July 7. The main gate will open at 3 p.m. A donation of $5 per car is suggested. Concessions will be available from 10 food vendors and there will be a beer tent. Professional wrestling by POWW Wrestling will start at 4 p.m., and at 5 p.m. live music will begin, featuring SIDESHOW and Outpatience. A vintage baseball game will be at 5:30 p.m.

The 36th annual Freedom Run will be Sunday, July 7, at Knights Park. The 1-mile fun run will begin at 8 a.m. and the 5K will begin at 8:30 a.m. Cost to sign up the day of the run is $22 for the 1-mile fun run and $28 for the 5K. The Tot Trot begins at 7:45 a.m. Children ages 5 and younger are invited to wear a patriotic costume and participate in the free race.

At 1 p.m., the Sandwich Historical Society will host a program at the Sandwich Fire Department.

For more information, visit www.sandwichparkdistrict.org/freedom-days or call 815-786-8044.

“We moved Freedom Days from Sunday to Saturday this year so more people can enjoy the fireworks,” Sandwich Park District director Michael McCann said. “It’s important to celebrate our independence and America, celebrate our patriots and everyone in the community that makes it a great place to live and work and play.”


Shabbona’s Independence Day Festival, “Walk through the Decades – Past, Present and Future,” will take place Thursday, July 4. The day begins with a pancake breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. at the Shabbona Fire Department, 103 E. Navaho St. The festival will be from noon to 5 p.m. on East Navaho Street. The parade starts at noon. The pork chop dinner will start at 4:30 p.m. at the Shabbona Lions Depot at the corner of Navaho and Illini streets.

The Shabbona Fireworks Committee will present a fireworks show over Lake Shabbona at dusk, about 9:15 p.m. A donation of $10 per car is appreciated at the entrance to Shabbona Lake State Park.

For more information, visit www.shabbona-il.com/4thofjuly.


The Sheridan Community Club will host Independence Day events throughout the day on Thursday, July 4. Events include a vendors market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., a parade at noon, petting zoo and pony rides from 1 to 5 p.m., a car show at the American Legion from 1 to 4 p.m., SunFallen performing from 4 to 8 p.m. at the American Legion, the Fourth of July raffle drawing at 7 p.m. at the American Legion and fireworks at dusk.

For more information, visit www.facebook.com/events/418120305402650.


Fireworks will blast off over Lake Holiday at dusk on Thursday, July 4. For more information, email lakeholidayrec@gmail.com.  


Yorkville’s Fourth of July celebration will begin with a parade starting at 9 a.m. Thursday, July 4, at Yorkville High School. Town square activities will begin immediately after the parade and end at noon. Activities include children’s foot races, rides, water fights and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Food and drink will be available for purchase.  

At 1 p.m. at Chapel on the Green, Friends of the Fox River will present “The Legend of the Fox,” told by FOFR’s executive director Gary Mechanic. A $5 donation is appreciated.

The Yorkville Big Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home.

Yorkville’s fireworks show will begin at dusk. Fireworks will be shot off near the corner of Route 47 and Countryside Parkway.

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