The LaGrange-Western Springs area is just brimming with festivals and fireworks shows during the upcoming holiday weekend.
Here is a rundown of Fourth of July events happening in the local area:
Enjoy food, fun and fireworks on the Oak Brook Polo Grounds, on 31st Street between York and Spring roads, from 4 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3.
Food will be provided by such restaurants as Freshii, Gibsons, Kona Grill, Labriola, Pinstripes, Tuscany, Devon and besides being the Taste's presenting sponsor, McDonald's will be serving McCafe Smoothies too! Bands will perform all day until the fireworks, at dusk.
Beginning at 7:15 a.m. on July 4, Elmhurst Running Club, in cooperation with platinum sponsors with The Runner’s Soul and Prairie Path and Ankle Clinic, will present the eighth annual 4 on the 4th 4-mile run. The race begins on Prospect Avenue near Church Street. Race Day registration is $30, or sign up in advance by 1 a.m. July 1 for $25.
Brookfield’s parade steps off at 10 a.m. July 4, starting from Grand Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, traveling down Grand Avenue to Brookfield Avenue into Kiwanis Park. After the parade, head over to Jaycee/Ehlert Park at Congress Park and Elm Avenues for more fun at Brookfield’s Independence Day Festival. The fest features food from the Western Conference Baseball League, live music and beverages. Featured acts include Strung Out, Heartland Star, and Battle of the Band winners Trance and Far Sighted. The festival begins at 1 p.m.
Hinsdale Parade and Family Festival
Hinsdale's Fourth of July Parade gets started at 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, from Sixth Street and Garfield headed north to First Street, continue West to Grant Street, head south on Grant and end at Sixth and Grant Street. Immediately following the parade, head over to the Family Festival featuring a craft show, kids's activities and the Rotary turtle races, until 3 p.m.
The Bo Deans, Blue Oyster Cult, Love and Theft, Foghat, Roger Hodgson (former lead singer of Super Tramp), George Thorogood and the Destroyers, are the headliners among the many bands at Ribfest. Click here to buy tickets in advance. The party begins Thursday, July 3, and goes all the way through Sunday, July 6, with fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. July 4. It's all happening in Knoch Park.
The Taste of Lombard begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 1, and runs straight through Saturday night July 5, with tons of bands, a carnival, food and fireworks. Admission is $3.
The fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. July 4. Presented by the Lombard Jaycees.
The Villa Park July 4 parade, hosted by Villa Park VFW Post 2801, will step off at noon from the Trinity Church parking lot on Ardmore Avenue in Villa Park. The parade will go west on Central to Harvard, south on Harvard to Madison, east on Madison to Summit, north on Summit to Park, west on Park to Ardmore.
The Bensenville Fourth of July 4 Parade steps off at 10 a.m. at 12 South Center Street in Town Center, travels east on Green Street, continues south on York Road and finishes off at the Redmond Recreational Complex at on Jefferson Street.
Following the Bensenville July 4th parade at 10 a.m., come out to Redmond Park for games, music and food, followed by fireworks. Bands take the stage at 3 p.m. and play all night. Free public swimming at Water’s Edge and free public skating at Edge II Ice Arena take place from noon to 4 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. and promise to be “bigger and better than ever.”