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The 2012 City Elg4th July Parade. | Sun-Times Medifile photo

The 2012 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade. | Sun-Times Media file photo

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Updated: July 30, 2013 8:23AM

There will be plenty of local Independence Day events to go to this year, starting this weekend.

Here’s a roundup of some of them.

Dundee Township

The Dundee Township Park District will host a free concert in the park from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at Huffman Park in West Dundee. The Saturday June Band will play an eclectic selection of songs from the ’60s through present.

A special concert and fireworks show will be held starting at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in Meadowdale Park in Carpentersville. The band BBI will bring a mix of Motown, blues and rock. Following the concert — at about 9:30 p.m. — will be the fireworks show. Patrons are asked to bring a nonperishable food item to donate to the Carpentersville FISH (Friend I Shall Help) Food Pantry.

For more concert information, call 847-428-7131.


The 2013 city of Elgin Fourth of July Parade, Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital, steps off at 9 a.m. Thursday at Slade and Douglas avenues.

There are more than 105 confirmed parade units, more than 100 vehicles and 25 floats, and more than 2,000 walkers participating with an expected crowd of 10,000 to 15,000 parade enthusiasts.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Elgin Marching Through Time” — a timeline-based community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club, the organization that was instrumental in bringing Sherman Hospital to the Elgin community, will serve as this year’s parade grand marshals.

Before the Elgin Fourth parade steps off, dozens of pooches will be putting their best paws forward in the third annual Kountry Pet Resort Pooch Parade, which begins at 8:30 a.m. at Ann Street and Douglas Avenue.

Just before the National Anthem, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, City Councilman John Steffen will deliver a re-enactment reading of this legendary speech, in the role of President Abraham Lincoln, to the crowd assembled at the front of the parade route at Slade and Douglas avenues.

The Elgin Fourth Parade route begins at the intersection of Slade and Douglas avenues, proceeds south on Douglas through the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas avenues.

Streets in downtown that will be closed to vehicle traffic from about 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. are:

Kimball from Dundee to North Grove

Douglas from River Bluff to East Chicago

Highland from Spring to North Grove

Symphony from Douglas to Spring

Cars parked along these streets after 6 a.m. will be towed.

The following streets in the adjacent NENA neighborhood will be closed for staging and for the parade route from 6 a.m. to noon. No parked cars will be allowed on these streets during this time. Driveway access will be limited beginning at 6 a.m.

North Grove from Kimball to River Bluff

Brook from Kimball to River Bluff

River Bluff from Spring to North Grove

Douglas from River Bluff to Chicago

Parking will be allowed on the east-west streets between Spring Street and North Grove Avenue, although access will be very limited from 9 to 11 a.m. while the parade is in progress.

On Saturday, July 6, riders will meet in downtown Elgin’s DuPage Court (where DuPage meets Spring Street) to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first nationally sanctioned motorcycle race in the United States.

There will be a motorcycle and scooter show, a ride along the original course, a "burn-out" area, and live music. This event will have food, vendors, art, beer gardens, local restaurant and shopping for riders and their families.

The event is free, but there is a $10 registration fee to enter a motorcycle or scooter in the show. Registration starts at 10 a.m., and the show will run from noon to 4 p.m. For more information, visit the show on Facebook or follow along at the blog site

Hoffman Estates

The Northwest Fourth-Fest will take place for a second year at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates. The fest, which includes a fireworks show Thursday night, will run from Wednesday through Sunday, July 7. It is put on by Elgin, Hoffman Estates, Hanover Park and Hanover Township.

Visit for a complete schedule.

South Elgin

The South Elgin Independence Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. Thursday at the corner of West Spring Street and Wedgewood Drive. The theme is “A Hometown Tradition” and recognizes veterans who have served the country over the years. The grand marshal will be Mike Kenyon, a local farmer, Kane County Farm Bureau officer and county board member.

A map of the parade route is available online at

Sleepy Hollow

The village will celebrate July Fourth in Sabatino Park.

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a fun run at the elementary school, followed by a fishing derby at 9 a.m. Music, food and cold drinks open at 10:30 a.m.

The parade begins at 11:30 a.m. instead of noon this year.

The Buick GS Club of America will have a car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details are at

Other activities include shooting hoops and trying your luck at the carnival games. A pie-eating contest will be held in the afternoon.

The evening entertainment starts at 7 p.m. with Sleepy Hollow’s own Cry Baby playing a mix of classic rock and original material at the shelter. The village’s fireworks show will follow.

Go to for our up-to-the-minute July Fourth schedule.

For more information on other Sleepy Hollow activities, visit or email


The annual Bartlett Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza is scheduled for Thursday at Apple Orchard Park, at South Bartlett and Stearns roads. The fireworks are scheduled to start at 9:30 p.m.

This annual community event generally draws thousands of spectators. Motorists in the vicinity of Apple Orchard Park will experience heavy travel congestion due to a large amount of vehicle and pedestrian traffic, and due to the ongoing road construction project on Stearns Road near Route 59.

All vehicles exiting onto South Bartlett Road north of Stearns Road will be directed north toward Devon Avenue. All vehicles exiting onto South Bartlett Road south of Stearns Road will be directed south toward Schick Road. All vehicles exiting onto Stearns Road west of South Bartlett Road will be directed west toward Route 59. All vehicles exiting onto Stearns Road east of South Bartlett Road will be directed east toward County Farm Road.

The annual Bartlett Lions Club Independence Day Parade is scheduled for Sunday, July 7. The parade is scheduled to depart at 1 p.m. from the area of North Avenue and South Oak Avenue, and end at about 2:30 p.m. at the Apple Orchard Golf Course at Stearns Road and Sycamore Drive. Several side streets along South Oak Avenue, South Main Street, South Bartlett Road and West Stearns Road will be temporarily shut down and traffic will be diverted during that period.

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