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The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 - Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway
Make sure to join us for the first races in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup! As the first of 10 Chase races, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400 begins NASCAR's thrilling playoffs. With a wide variety of family friendly options, you can't beat summer at Chicagoland Speedway and Route 66 Raceway.
Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest
Enjoy this year's Jersey County Historic Society's Annual Apple Fest. Throughout the day, visitors can browse craft booths, demonstrations, quilt raffle, kettle corn and children's games. Pioneer stew, ham & beans with cornbread, and sweet treats will be sold throughout the day. Historic tours of the Cheney Mansion, Log House and Lone Star School are $5 for adults; free for children 6 and under. Bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the day. All other events are free. For more information, call (618) 498-2811.
Lucy Haskell's Birthday Celebration
A beloved Alton event, please join us in Haskell Park to celebrate the 136th birthday of Lucy Haskell! Pony rides, vintage games, lemonade cake and ice cream. Hope to see you there! For more information on Lucy's Birthday party, call (618) 465-3026.
Sauce Alton Food Truck Festival
This even will feature food trucks from around the region offering global street food cuisine. In addition, the amphitheater's concession team will offer beverages of all types to compliment the food trucks. Live music will be showcased on the amphitheater stage with Boogie Chyld as the Food Truck Festival's headliner. The Alton Food Truck Festival is free to the general public. Each food truck will have a different food offering with a range of prices. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Red, White, and Brew
Spend July 3rd the right way in Alton! Old Bakery Beer Co. and Hansen Meat Co. are throwing a fireworks viewing party with live music entertainment from One Take Band starting at 6 p.m. Fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. For more information, call (618) 465-4400. Admission: $5 cover includes chair for the night, and access to concessions!
Fireworks in Grafton, Illinois
Come out early for entertainment and food specials at local restaurants. As the sun goes down, fireworks will light up the nights sky! For more information, call (618) 786-7000.
Eagle Meet and Greet & Raptor Awareness Program
This program gives you the opportunity to see multiple species of birds of prey including an American Bald Eagle up close and personal! Ask and learn about their species and habitats. For more information, call (800) 258-6645.
Yorkville's 4th of July Celebration
The Yorkville Independence Day Parade steps off on Game Farm Road and proceeds to Somonauk Street, King Street, West Main Street, Church Street and ends at the water tower. Town Square activities begin immediately after the parade and will include children's foot races, rides, water fights, food vendors and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Fireworks begin at dusk near the corner of Rt. 47 and Countryside Pkwy. The Yorkville Big Band is scheduled to perform at 8 pm at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home. All 4th of July activities are free and open to the public. Food and drink are available for purchase.
Frozen at the Tower
It may be hot this summer, but the Lewis and Clark Confluence Tower is celebrating all things "Frozen" on Saturday, Aug. 6. Anna and Elsa from the movie "Frozen" will be on the upper two levels of the Tower for a meet and greet event and photos with their fans. Free Frozen souvenir balloon art from Jay "The Balloon Dude". Tower admission is $1 for children and $2 for adults.
Tri-County Olden Days
Come out and enjoy a family oriented event that has something for everyone in Dow, Illinois! A steam, gas and threshing show will feature antique tractors, engines and heritage demonstrations, along with an antique tractor pull. There will be live entertainment both days, with Cowboy Church on Sunday. Shop the large craft & flea market and enjoy lots of good "old-fashioned" food. Admission is $5 per person. Children 12 and under are free.
Aurora Historical Society's Independence Day Celebration
Join the Aurora Historical Society Open House at the Museum! Entertainment on the lawn, a picnic, petting zoo, magician, games, crafts, a pie-eating contest, music by Hudson Crossing and of course, the national bell-ringing ceremony at 1 pm. A free family celebration! (11 am - 2 pm)
Kewanee Windmont Park Lighting and Parade
Walk through the magical park, listen to caroler and enjoy cookies in the Shelterhouse. Drive and view the lights throughout the city streets and neighborhoods of Edgewood, Prospect and Chestnut.
Batavia's 4th of July Sky Concert
The City of Batavia is proud to host one of the most celebrated 4th of July fireworks productions in the western suburbs of Chicago, which we proudly call the “Sky Concert.” It has a more than 50-year history of being produced and paid for by local citizens.
Free Airplane Rides with Young Eagles
Kids ages 8 and 17 years who are interested in aviation can take a free Young Eagles flight and see what pilots do on the ground and in the air. Since 1992, more than 1.8 million Young Eagles have enjoyed a flight from EAA’s network of volunteer pilots. EAA Chapter 579 has flown over 16,000 Young Eagles - more than any other EAA Chapter worldwide. No reservations required. Next free flight dates: Sunday, August 28, Sunday, Sept. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016. Times: 9 am – 2 pm (weather permitting). For more information visit the EAA 579 website and click on the Young Eagles tab.
Raging Waves Waterpark
Illinois' Largest Waterpark, featuring 20 slides, quarter-mile long lazy river, wave pool, two kiddie areas and more.
Shop, Sip Socialize #ProudlyDeKalb
Come Sip, Shop, & Socialize in Downtown DeKalb. Stores will be offering Sidewalk sales and new inventory! The Stage Coach Players and the Garage Orchestra will providing entertainment. Downtown Merchants are also raffling off a basket full of goodies.
Waterman Summerfest & Tractor Show
Come join us for a day of affordable family fun in the park. All kinds of kid's entertainment: Live music, Crafter/Flea market, Petting zoo, Train rides, Pedal pull, Tractor pull & Tractor/truck parade, draw down raffle, food concession and many other attractions. Starts at 6 a.m. with breakfast. And ends late evening after a fireworks show and live bands by the beer garden.
MSI Summer Brick Party
To celebrate our temporary exhibition Brick by Brick, the Museum of Science and Industry is hosting a Summer Brick Party on Saturday, July 16. Get creative at interactive build stations courtesy of LEGOLAND Discovery Center Chicago. Catch a free screening of “The LEGO Movie.” See impressive brick replicas, like the Chicago skyline, on display. Learn how to build your own podcast, hosted by WBEZ Chicago. Other activities include a performance by musical act Ben and the Tatar Tots, brick character face masks, face painting, and LEGO® Minifigure caricature portraits.
Independence Day 5K Run/Walk
Wear your red, white and blue and show your patriotic spirit at The Independence Day 5K Run! The run will be held on a USATF certified course with chip timing. Walkers are also allowed and welcomed! This is a family friendly event, however, strollers, bikes and dogs are not allowed for safety purposes. Race meeting point is the Hopkins Park Shelter - on site registration will be cash only, early registration is encouraged.
Get in the game, a game for life! All ages welcome and open to the public. Includes free USA 1-2-3 tennis lessons for juniors and adults, free clinics, Little Mo Regionals, 54-event tournament, Chicago District Junior Team Tennis Championships, pet contest and more! Celebration of the sport of tennis. Opportunities for learning, building self-esteem, competition, coping, problem solving, decision making, and team building. All day.
Dairy Joy Drive-In
Situated on the historic Lincoln Highway Dairy Joy is much more than an old-fashioned ice cream parlor or hamburger joint. Dairy Joy is a unique one-of-a-kind classic American restaurant. With inside seating, an outside patio, and a walk-up window, Dairy Joy has been a favorite community gathering place for more than 50 years, where appetites are quickly satisfied and memories are formed and perpetuated.
DuPage County Fair
The DuPage County Fair provides a variety of fun for all ages. Great music and entertainment, food, moto cross shows, demolition derbies, horse and reptile shows, hands-on activities, carnival rides, petting zoo, pony rides, and so much more! Come for the Fair food and stay for the fun!
Best Western PLUS Chicagoland - Countryside
The Best Western hotel offers the best in amenities, customer service, and accommodations at an affordable rate. Located about 20 miles from Chicago and located on Old Route 66. Convenient access to I-55 brings them to the favorite Chicago area attractions. Hot breakfast buffet is complimentary along with High-Speed WiFi.
Indian Princess Storytelling at the Confluence Tower
Meet Indian Princesses Pocahontas and Sacajawea during a special storytelling experience Saturday, July 9 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The two princesses will appear at the Tower's outdoor amphitheater for a storytelling session and meet and greet. Bring lawn chairs and blankets for seating. Admission is free although there is a charge to tour the Tower. For more information, call (618) 258-9101.