Residents of Brookfield, North Riverside and Riverside will have plenty of family friendly fun to choose from as they look to celebrate Independence Day next week.
In addition to parades, live music and picnicking, there will be opportunities to catch some fireworks, both locally and in nearby communities.
For one of the best Independence Day parades around, head over to Brookfield on July 4.
The village’s parade begins at 10 a.m., starting at Grand Boulevard and Garfield Avenue. The parade will head southeast down Grand Boulevard all the way to Brookfield Avenue, where it will head east to Kiwanis Park.
After the parade, at about 12:30 p.m., the village’s celebration continues in Kiwanis Park, where food from Barone’s and beverages from Leo’s Liquors will be available for purchase. There also will be plenty of live music with four bands starting at 12:30 p.m. with the horn-based classic rock sounds of the K. Michaels Band.
They will be followed by the “ultimate 90s pop rock” band Run, Forrest, Run from 2:45 to 4:30 p.m. Then at 5 p.m., catch sets by the top two Brookfield Battle of the Bands performers, Identity Crisis and Moonrays.
The party in the park ends at about 6 p.m.
The village of North Riverside in conjunction with North Riverside Little League will start off the Independence Day celebration on July 4 at 10 a.m. with a parade, which begins at 14th Avenue and 23rd Street. The parade heads east to 9th Avenue and then south to 24th Street before heading east again to 2nd Avenue.
At 2nd Avenue, the parade turns south to 26th Street, where it will head east all the way to Veterans Park. Opening ceremonies for the village’s patriotic celebration at the park start at 11 a.m. and continue until 2 p.m. with a Wiffle Fest, live music, a visit by the Chicago Outfit roller derby team, lots of activities for the kids and food and cold drinks for the entire family.
That night, Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave., presents a fireworks display beginning at 9 p.m.
North Riverside residents with photo ID and their guests will be allowed on the grounds of the golf club with camping chairs or blankets. The golf club will be selling concessions.
But non-residents can also enjoy the fireworks by lining the sidewalks of Desplaines Avenue or setting up a spot on the front lawn of the Village Commons, 2401 Desplaines Ave.
Desplaines Avenue will be closed to traffic during the fireworks show, so come early.
The village of Riverside will kick off its Independence Day celebration with its Concert in the Park on Monday, July 3 in Guthrie Park, at Riverside and Bloomingbank roads, just across the street from the downtown train station.
The event, which always a attracts a big crowd, kicks off at 5 p.m. Music starts at 5:45 p.m. with Tony Ocean, whose repertoire includes songs by Frank Sinatra and the rest of the Rat Pack, as well as Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and more.
At 7 p.m., the Rat Pack gives way to the Brat Pack, which celebrates the music of the 1980s and beyond. The band will perform until 10 p.m. Food and beverages will be sold by local businesses.
On Tuesday, July 4 things begin bright and early with the Independence Day 5K race, which starts at 7:30 a.m. You can register online through June 30 at 5 p.m. through the village’s website at www.riverside.il.us. Race day registration will be from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. at the starting area near the water tower, 10 Pine Ave.
Riverside’s Fourth of July parade follows the race at 8:45 a.m., stepping off from Delaplaine Road and winding south from Big Ball Park on Longcommon Road to Guthrie Park.
Residents are invited to the July 4 Festival in the Park following the parade, with music provided by Zydeco Voodoo.
Nearby fireworks displays
In addition to the fireworks display at the Riverside Golf Club, there are a couple of other local opportunities to experience the rockets’ red glare.
The city of Berwyn hosts a fireworks display on Monday, July 3 at 8:30 p.m. at Morton West High School, 2400 S. Home Ave.
And on Tuesday, July 4, the village of Lyons will host a Kids Party in the Park from 6 to 9 p.m. and a fireworks display at dusk at Veterans Park, 42nd Street and Lawndale Avenue. Seating for the fireworks is available at Veterans Park and across Lawndale Avenue at Smith Park.