Santiago Govea runs for a lollipop as the float from Irish Times passes by during a recent Brookfield Fourth of July parade. The event steps off at 10 a.m. on July 4 and heads down Grand Boulevard to Brookfield Avenue, ending at Kiwanis Park. | Javier Govea/Staff

If you’re looking for fun ways to celebrate the Fourth of July next week, all three villages in Landmark Land have you covered.

In addition to parades in all three villages, you can run a 5K, get your fill of live music and just hang out with your family, friends and neighbors at community parties in local parks. 


The theme for this year’s July 4 celebration in Brookfield is the 125th anniversary of the village’s incorporation, and officials are planning for a larger-than-normal turnout of participants.

In addition to many of the regular favorites like the Stock Yard Kilty Band and Riverside-Brookfield High School band, this year’s parade, as a nod to its historic past, also includes an appearance by 92-year-old Mary Phillips, who has lived in the same Brookfield house since her birth, riding in an 1890s carriage drawn by a horse.

The grand marshal is longtime Hollywood resident and former village trustee C.P. Hall.

The parade will start at 10 a.m. from the corner of Grand Boulevard and Garfield Avenue and then head southeast down the length of Grand Boulevard to Brookfield Avenue, where it will head east to the Brookfield Village Hall.

At around noon, the village will shift gears to full party mode with an extended Party in the Park with plenty of food, drinks, music and fun, including a tent featuring old-time kids’ games, in Kiwanis Park, located at Arden and Brookfield avenues.

In honor of the village’s 125th anniversary, the Party in the Park will last longer than usual, until about 8 p.m., and the Brookfield Recreation Department has booked some top area acts, including rocking country sounds of Mason Rivers (12:30 to 2:15), the classic party rock of Five Guys Named Moe (2:45 to 4:30), the eclectic folk, Irish, rock sounds of The Dooleys (5 to 6:15) and the home-grown Americana/bluegrass music of Kaldi Jones (6:45 to 8). 

North Riverside

North Riverside won’t just be celebrating the Fourth of July next week, they’ll also celebrate the 50th anniversary of North Riverside Little League with a parade and festival at Veterans Park.

The event kicks off at 10 a.m. with the traditional July 4 parade, featuring Little League teams, village organizations and Eli the Camel. The parade heads east on 23rd Street from 14th Avenue, south on 9th Avenue to 24th Street, then east to 2nd Avenue, then south to 26th Street and the east all the way to Veterans Park, just south of the North Riverside Park Mall.

After a flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m., stay for the Little League T-Ball Classic and a party in the park until 2 p.m., where you can enjoy food, soft drinks, beer, games and live Top-40 country music by StateLine.

Later that night, head on over to the Riverside Golf Club, 2520 Desplaines Ave., for a Fourth of July fireworks display. North Riverside residents with ID may enter the golf club grounds. Gates open at 7 p.m. and fireworks begin at 9. Bring your own blankets, chairs and small coolers.

The general public is welcome to come to Desplaines Avenue and watch the fireworks from the street, sidewalks and public facilities nearby. Desplaines Avenue itself will be closed to traffic, so walk or ride your bike over, if you can.


Riverside will celebrate The Fourth over two days, beginning Tuesday, July 3 with its annual outdoor concert in Guthrie Park, at Riverside and Bloomingbank roads, across the street from the downtown train station.

The concert starts at 5 p.m. with the roots rock of Good Things, followed at 7 p.m. by ’80s pop rock cover band High Infidelity. The concert ends at 10 p.m. 

Don’t dawdle; families have been known to begin staking their claims on prime real estate in the park during the morning hours of July 3. Be prepared for a crowd.

The village’s celebration continues early on Wednesday, July 4 with the 40th Annual Independence Day 5K, where hundreds of runners wind their way through the streets of historic Riverside.

The race starts at 7:30 a.m., starting and finishing at the historic water tower, 10 Pine Ave. Goodie bags and shirts will be given to all registered runners.

Online registration continues through 6 p.m. on July 2 at You can also register on race day between 6:30 and 7:15 a.m. The registration fee is $35. Runners compete in a 13 age groups and awards are given to Top 3 men and women overall and top male and female finishers in each age group.

Wind down after the race by taking in the Riverside July 4 parade, which steps off at 8:45 a.m. from the corner of Longcommon and Delaplaine roads and then heads south on Longcommon, across the tracks and ends at the Riverside Township Hall.

After the parade, stay for the Independence Day celebration in Guthrie Park, featuring booths from community organizations and entertainment, including a set from the New Orleans-inspired Zydeco Voodoo. The celebration run until 1 p.m.


The village of Lyons is planning a full day of events on July 4, beginning at 1 p.m. with a parade starting at 46th Street and Lawndale Avenue, west to Joliet Avenue and then north to the fire station.

The celebration resumes from 6 to 9 p.m. with a Kids Party at the Park, in Veterans Park (42nd and Lawndale) featuring activities, food and beer. A fireworks display caps the event at dusk.

Fireworks in Berwyn on July 1

The city of Berwyn can help you get into the spirit of the Fourth a few days early when it hosts its Independence Day Fireworks on Sunday, July 1 with a celebration from 7 to 11 p.m. at Morton West High School football stadium, 2400 S. Home Ave.

The event is free to attend. Children’s activities will be provided by the Berwyn Public Library and Berwyn Recreation Department between 7 and 8:15 p.m.

The Morton High School Band will play from 8:15 to 8:30, which will be followed by an opening ceremony honoring veterans and a 20-minute fireworks display accompanied by a patriotic medley.

Coolers are not allowed. Food and drink will be available for purchase. In case of rain, the event will be held July 3.