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Neighbors Magazines Four for the 4th

Jul 02, 2015 08:56AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

There are plenty of activities for Kane County Residents to celebrate Independence Day with their family, friends and neighbors. Whether you’re looking for an activity in the morning and afternoon, or the perfect place to watch the fireworks celebration, at night, Neighbors Magazines has the scoop on the must see events in Kane County.

In the morning, head over to the Downtown Aurora Independence Day Parade. The event begins with a pre-parade ceremony at 9:15am outside of the Paramount Theatre. The parade begins at 10am at the corner of Benton and River Streets, marches east to Broadway Avenue, north to Galena Boulevard, west to Stolp Avenue, south to Downer Place, and concludes heading west to Middle Avenue.

Every year the parade is a popular, not-to-miss event for the whole family. Thanks to the efforts of the Roosevelt-Aurora American Legion Post 84 and the cooperation of the City of Aurora, various sponsors, and the parade committee, the decades-long tradition in Aurora of celebrating the birth of America at the Independence Day Parade continues. Join the thousands of spectators lining the downtown parade route and display your patriotism and civic pride while watching the fabric of the community pass in front of you.

The City of Batavia presents their “Sky Concert” Fourth of July celebration, one of most celebrated 4th of July fireworks productions, in the western suburbs, at sundown. It has a more than 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens. Today, the show is provided under the auspices of the Batavia ACCESS Committee. The show is paid for with private donations and fund-raisers. While the City of Batavia incurs costs for police and fire safety, no tax dollars are used to pay for the pyrotechnics. The audience is invited to watch from Engstrom Park at the corner of Millview Drive and West Main Street. There is additional audience space on the Batavia High School athletic fields on West Main Street.

The event begins with the Savor-the-Flavor food vendors which begin to serve an assortment of treats at 5pm.After announcements and a welcome by the Mayor, the Sky Concert will begin at 9:30 pm (weather permitting) Rain will not stop the show, however dangerous conditions—lightning or high winds—could cause the show to be delayed until the following evening.

Public parking for the show will be permitted at both high school parking lots (off Wilson & Main), the Ace Hardware Parking lot and at the Wilson Business Center on West Wilson Street. Parking will also be available at several of the major retail lots along Randall Road. A five-dollar donation per car will be requested at each lot. All proceeds will go to support the fireworks show. Parking at the Batavia Covenant Church off Main Street will be marked and reserved for vehicles carrying handicapped stickers.

Absolutely no parking will be allowed on Wilson or Main Streets between Van Nortwick Avenue and Randall Road. No parking will be allowed on Randall Road from Main Street to McKee Street.

The St. Charles Park District presents an all day celebration leading up to one of the best fireworks displays in the region at sundown. The best views are from the grounds at either Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. The fireworks show is free to the public. Before the boom-and-sizzle of fireworks supply the soundtrack to the 4th of July celebration, two bands will take the stage at Pottawatomie Park to provide music you can dance – or at least tap your feet – to.  Performing well-known marches, show tunes and light classical pieces, the Fox Valley Concert Band will appear from 4-5:30pm at the Amphitheater in Pottawatomie Park, followed by the three-part harmonies and dueling lead music of “Hello Dave” at 6pm until the fireworks begin.

Pottawatomie Park opens at 8 a.m. for family and friends who want to make a day of it. Picnic tables are available on a first-come/first-served basis. And while the 4th of July may be a perfect day for an old-fashioned, home-made picnic, you can also leave the cooking to someone else. Refreshments from hot dogs and bratwurst to popcorn and ice cream are available at the River View Miniature Golf concession stand, which will remain open until 9:15pm. 8 North Ave, St Charles.

Before the fireworks head to the LeRoy Oaks Forest Preserve in St. Charles for the Great Western Freedom 4 Run and Walk benefit, for Lazarus House, at 8am. Run in a 4 mile, CARA Certified race on a USATF certified course and on the Fox River Trail Runners Circuit, or enjoy a 2-mile scenic walk suited for the whole family. Pre-registration for the walk is $20 and children 9 and under are free for the walk only. Event day registration is $25 for walkers and $35 for runners. LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, St. Charles. Pre-register at Darlene, 630-587-2144,