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Things to do around Naperville 4th of July weekend 2014

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Fast Forward…

Editor’s Update, November 30, 2022 / Whenever PN analytics tell us a PN post in our archive receives more than five searches in a single day, we update info if a future event is planned. That’s the case for Independence Day weekend when the 3rd Annual Naperville Salute returns to Rotary Hill with more activities for youngsters, adjusted hours and many other bright ideas. Stay tuned. Meanwhile, thanks for reading and for your interest in Naperville Responds for Veterans. Cheers!

Did you see Naperville Responds for Veterans’ entry in the Holiday Parade of Lights on Nov. 25, 2022? Perhaps that’s why this post has been searched at this time. Happy Holidays!

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Editor’s Update, June 27, 2022 / According to PN analytics, this online post from 2014 has been visited numerous times. Kindly note that some events posted here in PN’s archives for perpetuity are no longer planned.

That said, Naperville Trolley and Tours, Casey’s Foods, Farmers Market and annual Independence Day Fireworks are ongoing. Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest, no longer held at Knoch Park, held its fundraising festival on Father’s Day weekend in Wheaton.

Naperville Salute, hosted by Naperville Responds for Veterans, is now an Independence Day weekend family-friendly community event held at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Watch for details of the 2nd Annual Naperville Salute slated for July 1-4, 2022.

Fireworks are now held at the Frontier Sports Complex. For 2022, Naperville fireworks begin at 9:30PM Sun., July 3.

Thursday

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Historic Trolley Tour of Naperville – 11AM | $5-$10
Jackson Ave. & Eagle St. Naperville, IL 60563
Learn about old Naperville, and see the new Naperville! This one-hour Historic Tour of Naperville blends the past with the present, highlights Naperville’s growth, and includes some fun stories! Due to the Fourth of July holiday, this tour only is being given on this Thursday, July 3rd. (Tours are normally every Friday during June, July, and August) Please arrive at 10:50am. No strollers. $10 for Adults, $5 for Children ages 4-17. All public tours start and end at the ‘Trolley Stop’ on Jackson Avenue at Eagle Street. Walk on’s available if space permits.

Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest – noon to 10PM | $10
The annual festival runs daily through Sunday, July 6 and features ribs, BBQ and music in Knoch Park along West St., just south of Naperville Central High School.  For complete info and band schedules, visit PN’s Ribfest Page.

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival – noon | $7
Lisle Community Park – 1925 Ohio Street Lisle, IL 60532
The Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival Committee is pleased to announce the dates July 3 – 6 for this popular hot air balloon festival. This year’s visitors to the festival can expect daily launches of hot air balloons and balloon glows, carnival, a large craft fair, live music, three nights of fireworks, food court, plus more.  INFO: eyestotheskies.org.

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Firecracker 5K Run/Walk – 8AM | $25-$30 
Warrenville Park District Recreation Center – 3S260 Warren Ave. Warrenville, IL 60555
Join the Warrenville Park District for the Annual Firecracker 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ 50- and 100-Yard Dashes on July 4 Join your fellow runners and walkers in this annual race on the Fourth of July. The race starts out in front of the Warrenville Park District’s Rec Center at 8AM; the race is run on USATF Certified Course IL-09121-JW. Chip timing is provided. Kids can participate in a 50- or 100-yard dash (registration is required). Awards are announced the day of the race. A portion of all proceeds benefit the Warrenville Park District Scholarship Program, which provides funds to children in need so they can participate in park district programs and events. Sponsorship opportunities are available. Register in advance at signmeup.com, www.warrenvilleparks.org, in person at the Registration Office, fax your entry to 630.393.7278; or sign up the day of the race from 6:30-7:30AM. The first 400 registrants are guaranteed a t-shirt and goody bag.

Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest / Day #2 – noon to 10PM | $10
The annual festival runs daily through Sunday, July 6 and features ribs, BBQ and music in Knoch Park along West St., just south of Naperville Central High School.  For complete info and band schedules, visit PN’s Ribfest Page.

Ribfest Fireworks – 9:30PM
The fireworks in Naperville start at 9:30PM at Knoch Park. See Popular popular places to view the Naperville fireworks for more info.

Saturday

Naperville Farmers’ Market – 7AM
Naperville Farmers Market – Fifth Avenue Station, 200 E. Fifth Ave., Naperville, IL 60540
Beginning the first Saturday in June through the last Saturday in October, the Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 7AM to noon at the Fifth Avenue Station parking lot.

Travel America Summer Festival – 10AM 
The Morton Arboretum – 4100 Illinois Route 53 Lisle, IL 60532
This Independence Day weekend, travel the diverse regions of the United States through foods, live music, games, tram tours of the Arboretum’s tree collections, and more. From 10AM to 4PM Saturday, July 5 and Sunday, July 6, families can listen to live bluegrass music, feast on Tex-Mex food, take part in old-school sack races and watch Native American dancing. The festival is free with general admission. Free with general admission

Casey’s Fires up the Grill – 11AM
Casey’s Foods – 124 W. Gartner Rd. Naperville, IL 60540
Lunch is served fresh off the grill each Saturday and Sunday from 11AM 2PM at Casey’s Foods. Choose from a variety of options, including burgers, brats, tacos or our weekly special. Add a dollar and get chips and a drink. It’s great food, at a good price, in a fun atmosphere.  INFO: www.caseysfoods.com.

Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest / Day #3– noon to 10PM | $10
The annual festival runs daily through Sunday, July 6 and features ribs, BBQ and music in Knoch Park along West St., just south of Naperville Central High School.  For complete info and band schedules, visit PN’s Ribfest Page.

Sunday

German Church Services – 11:30AM
St. John United Church of Christ – 1190 Olesen Drive Naperville, IL 60540
Church services in the German language will be held at St. John United Church of Christ in Naperville at 11:30AM on Sunday, July 6. The service will be led by Pastor Egon Gerdes, and all are welcome to attend. St. John UCC is located at 1190 Olesen Drive. Services in the German language are held on the first Sunday of each month and will continue on August 3 and September 7. For more information call 630.355.5208.

Naperville Exchange Club’s Ribfest / Day #4 – noon to 10PM | $10
The annual 4-day festival runs daily through today and features ribs, BBQ and music in Knoch Park along West St., just south of Naperville Central High School.  For complete info and band schedules, visit PN’s Ribfest Page. Thanks to all the volunteers, sponsors and patrons. Celebrate safely.

Fast Forward…

Editor’s Update, Nov. 22, 2021 / According to PN analytics, every day for several months this online post from 2014 has been visited numerous times. Kindly note that some events posted here in PN’s archives for perpetuity are no longer planned.

That said, Naperville Trolley and Tours, Casey’s Foods, Farmers Market and annual Independence Day Fireworks are ongoing. Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest, no longer held at Knoch Park, is expected to announce the site of its 2022 event soon.

Naperville Salute, hosted by Naperville Responds for Veterans, is now an Independence Day weekend family-friendly community event held at Rotary Hill along the Riverwalk. Watch for details of the 2nd Annual Naperville Salute slated for July 1-4, 2022.

 

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