Above / Many Naperville neighborhoods host parades on the 4th of July. For years, public officials, Veterans and other patriotic characters such as Uncle Sam have made the rounds to help friends and neighbors celebrate America’s birthday with star-spangled fun in red vehicles. (PN File Photo)

Brook Crossing / Friends and neighbors in Brook Crossing Estates will celebrate its 17th Annual Independence Day Parade and Festival beginning at 8:45AM, Wed., July 4. Parade entries line up at Gregory Middle School, 2621 Springdale Circle, and end up at Clow Elementary School. For 2018, the festivities include a Live Cookie Booth. Naperville and Will County public officials are expected to attend.

Cheers to the red, white & blue! (PN File Photo)

Brookdale / The 35th Annual Fourth of July Parade in the Brookdale subdivision steps off from Hill Middle School at 11AM, Wed., July 4. The patriotic parade will be followed by a neighborhood picnic at noon.

Knoch Knolls / The 15th Annual 4th of July Parade in Knoch Knolls subdivision begins at Springbrook Elementary School, 2700 Seiler Drive, at 1PM. The parade starts with the annual march down Gateshead Drive to the intersection of DuPahze Street and Haddassah Drive. At the end of the parade route, folks have a great opportunity to enjoy fellowship, refreshments and beverages. Children are invited to explore the fire truck and to play in one of the moon jumps at the reception, along with some other kid-friendly activities. Invited guests include distinguished Veterans from the American Legion Post 43 and Judd Kendall VFW Post 3873 ; Mayor Emeritus George Pradel, members of the Naperville City Council and Scouts.

Wil-O-Way / Editor’s Note: Daniel Bulley sent a message, “You missed Wil-O-Way. They’ve been doing a kids bike parade for over 40 years.”

Celebrate Safely! Leave the fireworks to the professionals.

Be prepared for the Star Spangled Banner to accompany the spectacular fireworks beginning at 9:30PM to celebrate America’s birthday at Ribfest in Knoch Park.

Alert! Due to storm warning and evacuation of Knoch Park, fireworks will be rescheduled. Stay tuned.

The Exchange Club of Naperville Ribfest runs noon to 10PM Wed., July 4, the opening day of the four-day barbecue and music festival in Knoch Park.

Exchange Club, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District will present the annual Independence Day Fireworks beginning at 9:30PM, Wed., July 4.

Admission to the South Park is $5 per person all day. Kids 11 and under are free when accompanied by an adult.

Everybody is admitted free to the South Park after 5PM on Independence Day, Wed., July 4.

Admission to the North Park varies.

For more information, visit www.ribfest.net.