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The Naperville Salute announces musical entertainment schedule for Independence Day Weekend


Above / Rising Country Music star Jon Langston will take the stage at The Salute at 8PM Sat., July 2.

Update, 3:15PM Mon., July 4 / Due to inclement weather and incoming storms, The Salute will not reopen today. Be safe. Thanks, Naperville. We’ll see you next year in support of Naperville Responds for Veterans.

Original Post, June 20, 2022 / Naperville’s Independence Day festival, The Salute, has announced its musical entertainment schedule for the afternoons and evenings from July 1 to July 4, 2022.   

For starters, headliners on The Salute entertainment stage will feature a wide variety of music, including American pop, soul, and jazz-fusion; country; classic rock and cover as well as a “diverse music repertoire.”

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The entertainment stage will be set at the base of Rotary Hill, providing plenty of space for blankets on the hill and dancing in the dark. (PN File Photo 2021)

At 8PM Fri., July 1, Shining Star will headline on the main stage. Featuring 10 highly talented vocalists and musicians harmoniously joining forces, Shining Star presents a tribute to Earth, Wind and Fire, a celebration of the four- decade strong success, popularity and resilience of one of the most successful musical stories ever told.

At 8PM Sat., July 2, rising Country Music star Jon Langston joins the Salute in honoring our heroes! Hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the “10 New Country And Americana Artists You Need To Know,” Langston is originally from Georgia but connects with audiences in every state. He has toured with Country great Luke Bryan, and his new single, “Back Words” is now playing on country radio. 

At 8PM Sun., July 3, Maggie Speaks will perform energetic and dynamic music, promising an “ever-changing live show that spans six decades of music.” Maggie Speaks is known for delivering a nonstop stream of timeless favorites, sure to bring together the audience of all ages at The Salute. 

At 6:30PM Mon., July 4, the evening’s Independence Day headliner, ARRA, will take the stage. For three decades, ARRA has been a widely popular Chicago Classic Rock Cover Band, drawing large audiences throughout the suburbs.

Immediately following ARRA’s performance, the event will close for observance of Independence Day.

4-Day Festival features 15 sets of Music

By day and by night, the entertainment stage will be set at the base of Rotary Hill, providing a wide variety of entertainment. (PN File Photo 2021)

Gates open two hours before show times.


4PM – After School Special / 6PM – BBI / 8PMShining Star 


4PM Alika Arlynn / 6PM Eric Chesser / 8PM Jon Langston


2PM Red Pop Fury / 4PM The PriSSillas / 6PM Mike & Joe / 8PM Maggie Speaks


At noon July 4, The Starboards return to perform at The Salute, featuring piano and vocals by Gordie Laurencell; keyboards, guitar, percussion and vocals by Lisa Murtaugh; and guitar and vocals by Bill Burns. (Photo by Ron Hume 2021)

Noon – The Starboards / 1:30PM  – Convoy / 3PM Wild Daisy / 4:30PM – The Wayouts / 6:30PM ARRA

Tickets and more information are available now via www.NapervilleSalute.org.

A few notes about Naperville Salute, More than Music

The second annual Naperville Salute festival (napervillesalute.org) will continue to be a celebration of our families, our community, and our hometown values; centered around our military servicemembers and first responders, in a collective salute to them and to what they guard for us: our safety and our freedom.

In partnership with the City of Naperville, the Naperville Park District, and sponsors, The Naperville Salute will again take place at Rotary Hill, located at 443 Aurora Avenue, directly across the street from Naperville Central High School.

The four-day festival will blend family-friendly entertainment, live music, food and beverage vendors, a Family Fun Zone as well as special presentations for our military veterans.

Free entry for Family Fun Zone slated for 10AM-12:30PM Sat., July 2, and Sun. July 3; then again 10AM-2PM Mon., July 4.

Concert gates open at 4PM Friday ($5) and Saturday ($15), 2PM on Sunday ($15), and Noon on Independence Day, Mon., July 4 (Free Entry).

New this year is The Naperville Salute Ruck March 2022, a fast-paced 5K that steps off at 8AM on Independence Day from the Riverwalk Grand Pavilion.

The Salute team is ever-grateful for all of the 2022 Naperville Salute Founding Sponsors; all supporting contributors can be found at www.napervillesalute.org.

The Naperville Salute is run by a team of devoted and patriotic volunteers; thus, 100 percent of the proceeds of the 2022 Naperville Salute will go to assist local veterans in need through Naperville Responds For Veterans, a 501(c)3 organization. 

Bring your own blankets and collapsible lawn chairs and plan to sit on the hill for a natural view of the entertainment stage. Or dance the night away in front of the stage or at the top of the hill.

For event updates, sponsorship and donation opportunities or to volunteer, visit www.napervillesalute.org. 

And tell you friends and neighbors! Again, all proceeds benefit Naperville Responds for Veterans, recognizing a decade of assisting local Veterans in need of home repairs when the United States of America celebrates its 246th birthday.

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