Vernon Hills goes big for July 4 celebration
Updated: June 29, 2012 12:24PM
They’re celebrating Independence Day in a big way in Vernon Hills. The fun starts at 8 a.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Deerpath and Atrium Boulevard, where kids ages 4 to 12 are invited to decorate their bicycles, scooters and wagons with banners, flags and such for the bike decorating contest. The Vernon Hills Lions Club will judge the contest, awarding a certificate for a day at the aquatic center for the first- and second-place winners. Every participant will receive a ribbon.
The parade starts at 9 a.m. at the same intersection. At press time, Lisa L. Fischbach of the village’s Community Development Department reported that 85 units had registered to march in the parade. These include the Kenosha Ramblers Drum & Bugle Corps, Blooze Brothers, Roaring ’57s Shriners, costumed characters, stilt walkers, unicyclists and more.
Festivities continue from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy., with the Big Fun Band and fireworks.
For details, call (847) 367-3700 or visit vernonhills.org.
Strike up the band
Get in the spirit of July 4th early with a performance by the Great Lakes Naval Band, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Independence Grove, 16400 W. Buckley Road, Libertyville. The program of patriotic music is free but parking costs $5. The concert is part of the Events in the Plaza series.
For details, call (847) 968-3499 or visit independencegrove.org.
Everyone in your family can go red, white and blue for the holiday at Tie-Dye for the Fourth of July from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, June 29, at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. Bring a white, previously washed T-shirt to the all-ages drop-in event.
For details, call (847) 566-8702 or visit fremontlibrary.org.
Time will fly
And so will a range of objects during “Chris Fascione: Juggling Funny Stories” from 7 to 8 p.m. Monday, July 2, at the Fremont Public Library, 1170 N. Midlothian Road, Mundelein. The popular family entertainer combines juggling with storytelling, comedy and mime to inspire kids to read. Reservations are required.
For details, call (847) 918-3218 or visit fremontlibrary.org.
Food and fun will be plentiful at Grayslake’s 15th annual Family Picnic & Fireworks from 3 to 10 p.m. Saturday, June 30, at Central Park, Lake Street between Washington and Center streets. There will be a Taste of Grayslake, live entertainment all day, rides, moonwalks, face painting, an obstacle course, a climbing wall and fireworks at dusk.
For details, call (847) 223-7529 or visit glpd.com.