After enduring the Fourth of July without its own fireworks for the past several years, there will be fireworks in the village on the night of July 4 — but there’s a catch.

The Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave., is supplying the fireworks display and entrance to the club grounds will be permitted only to North Riverside residents and their guests.

The fireworks show itself begins at 9 p.m., but the gates open at 7:30 p.m. North Riverside residents with a valid ID may bring relatives and guests to the club, which encourages blankets and lawn chairs but no food or drinks.

There will be refreshments available for sale at the club.

Anyone wishing to see the fireworks without entering the club grounds can do so outside the club, including at the North Riverside Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.

Desplaines Avenue between the tracks and 26th Street will be closed to traffic prior to the start of the fireworks, so anyone who is driving to the area should do so earlier rather than later. Parking at the golf club and at the Village Commons area is expected to fill up quickly.

Officials are encouraging visitors to the area to walk or ride their bikes in order to avoid traffic congestion or getting to the area after the street has been closed. Desplaines Avenue will open again to traffic after the fireworks show.

For those wanting an earlier start to The Fourth in North Riverside, a parade featuring the village’s Little League teams and emergency vehicles kicks off at 10 a.m. at 23rdStreet and 14th Avenue. It then winds through town, ending at Veterans Park, where there will be a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m.

From 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m., you can stay at Veterans Park to take in some Little League baseball and also enjoy food, beer and soft drinks, while the kids enjoy a dunk tank and hopping around in inflatables.

The village is also hosting a co-ed and men’s 16-inch softball tournament beginning at 10 a.m. in Veterans Park. Contact the North Riverside Recreation Department at 442-5515 for more information.  

Riverside

The village of Riverside begins its two-day Independence Day celebration on Thursday, July 3 with its annual Concert in the Park in Guthrie Park, Riverside and Bloomingbank roads.

Kicking off at 5:45 p.m. with the singing of the National Anthem and a flag-raising, the party continues at 6 p.m. with jazz and patriotic music by Riverside guitarist Brent Kimbrough.

At 7 p.m., the Brat Pack will bring the crowd sounds from the 1980s until 10:30 p.m. Vendors, including the Chew Chew, will be on hand selling food and drinks.

July 4 starts off bright and early at 7:30 a.m. with the 36th Annual Independence Day 5K Run, which starts at the historic water tower at 10 Pine Ave. in downtown and winds through the village.

After the run, grab a spot along Longcommon Road or on Riverside Road near township hall to catch the annual July 4 parade, which steps off from Delaplaine Road at 8:45 a.m.

The parade heads down Longcommon, ending at Guthrie Park where a post-parade celebration will take place until about 1 p.m. Local organizations will be selling food and drink, and Kim Schilling from Animals for Awareness, a no-kill shelter, will have exotic animals for kids to experience.

Brookfield

Long-recognized as one of the best in the area, Brookfield’s July 4 parade begins at 10 a.m. from Grand Boulevard and Garfield Avenue and heads southeast on Grand Boulevard all the way to Brookfield Avenue, then east to village hall.

But because of the improvements just wrapping up at Kiwanis Park, the after-parade community celebration will be held this year in Jaycee/Ehlert Park on the village’s south end.

People are asked to set up their blankets, chairs and gear in the southwest quadrant of the park, south of the Congress Park/Elm Avenue parking lot. The Western Conference Baseball League will be selling food and soft drinks at the park’s concession stand, while the Brookfield Chamber of Commerce will be selling beer and wine.

Live entertainment begins on the main stage (which will be located near the pavilion and face southwest) at 1 p.m. with the rock band Strung Out. From 3 to 4:30 p.m., Heartland Star will play country favorites. The first- and second-place winners from the Brookfield Battle of the Bands in May will round out the musical entertainment from 5 to 6 p.m.