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UPDATE / Naperville Salute opens at 3PM July 3, music begins at 4PM


Above / Following the Honor Guard and the Star-Spangled Banner, the Main Stage at the base of Rotary Hill featured The Cadillac Three on July 1, 2023. (PN Photo)

July 2, 2023 / Most memorable music sung by 12-year-old Jurjovec

Just prior to ARRA’s taking the stage at 8PM, a grateful crowd erupted with rousing cheers during the final high notes of a beautifully performed Star-Spangled Banner. (PN Photo)

God Bless America & Naperville’s volunteer can-do spirit

The Naperville Salute returns to Rotary Hill alongside the Riverwalk on July 3. The four-day Salute that began on June 30 is the City’s family-friendly Independence Day Weekend hometown celebration, centered around appreciation for Veterans, active military, first responders and their families.

The rainy morning delayed opening until 3PM Sun., July 2. Sunshine greets the morning on July 3.

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The festival features live music, Ruck March (Click here for videos & photos from the July 2 event, rain or shine), food and beverage vendors, special presentations for our military veterans, and a Family Fun Area.

Ruckers carry American flags down Rotary Hill after walking five miles in 2022 / Photo by Ron Hume

The Naperville Salute Ruck March is scheduled for day three on July 2. A ruck is a brisk walk or march – and most ruckers generally march with a weighted backpack for fitness purposes. If you ever walked to school with a backpack full of books, you’ve rucked.

After the Ruck, participants were provided with food, drinks, music and family entertainment on Rotary Hill. 

Salute Family Fun Area 

Kids enjoy getting up close and personal with reptiles and big bugs during the Naperville Salute exhibits at the top of the hill. These brothers are considering a good theme for a birthday party. (PN Photo)

The Family Fun Area is located at the top of Rotary Hill with lots of free giveaways.

A kids’ tattoo artist offers a selection of choices with glitter accents. (PN Photo)

Youngsters will be able to meet exotic reptiles and creepy crawlers, have their faces painted, receive glittery tattoos, play games, create patriotic crafts and much more.

All ages, especially World War II Veterans, are welcomed to Naperville Salute where the primary colors for face painting at the four-day event are red, white and blue. (PN Photo)

Hours for the Family Fun Area are 3:30-8PM each day. (Hours are subject to change without notice.)

Attractive reptiles welcome youngsters to get to know them. (PN Photo)

Salute General Admission Daily

Admission Monday: $5 / FREE for Veterans and Military / Kids 12 and under are FREE with paying adult

Hours – 3-10PM Monday, July 3

Proceeds from The Salute benefit Naperville Responds For Veterans, a nonprofit organization that assists qualified Veterans in need with home repairs and renovations.

Tickets can be purchased at www.eventbrite.com/e/the-naperville-salute-tickets.

Salute organizers Michele Clemens and Adam Clemens are set to present 13 bands during the four-day family-friendly community event along the Riverwalk. Find free parking at Naperville Central High School.

Updated Music Schedule / July 3

Monday, July 3 / Tickets – $5

4PM – OMT (Hometown favorite! kicks off the final evening of 2023 Salute.) 

6PM – PriSSillas

8PM – Whiskey Romance

Salute Food Court presents variety of vendors

Pizza, hotdogs, tacos and BBQ will be featured among beverages, ice cream and ice pops presented by food vendors.

A sponsorship area also provides menus for sponsors. Another tent on site is designated for Veterans, open with complimentary meals and gratitude to all Veterans, thanks to sponsoring businesses.

Hot off providing pizza at the Naperville Woman’s Club Fine Art & Artisan Fair at Naper Settlement, Terrell Cole will return to SALUTE with his bright red oven, providing his movable feasts during the 4-day event with other food venders at Rotary Hill.

Opportunities to thank Veterans and First Responders for service

In 2022, American Legion Riders sold RED shirts with the message “Remember Everyone Deployed.” The successful fundraiser helped to sponsor the Gold Star Families Memorial Monument, recently dedicated in Veterans Park. Thanks also to Naperville Responds for Veterans, Naperville Freemasons and all donors that made the GSFMM a local tribute on the Century Walk Tour. (PN File Photo)
Featuring etchings that focus on “Homeland, Family, Patriot and Sacrifice,” the Naperville Gold Star Families Memorial Monument is a place to pause and reflect every day about the service and sacrifices that have contributed to freedom. Find the GSFMM at Veterans Park, 301 Gartner Road. (PN Photo)

Cheers! God bless America! Happy Independence Day!

Naperville Municipal Band Annual Patriotic Concert set for June 29 has been reset to 7:30PM Thurs., July 6, in Central Park because of air-quality conditions.  Again the Independence Day tribute promises to be a blast during its performance of the 1812 Overture with cannon accents. Open to the public and free of charge.

The annual fourth of July concert is accompanied by Civil War era cannons during the 1812 overture. (PN File Photo)

Naperville Fireworks begin at 9:30PM Tues., July 4, at Frontier Sports Complex, just south of 95th Street. Open to the public and free of charge.

Celebrate safely. Leave all fireworks to the professionals. Thank you.

One more thing about Salute NOs to know…

Thanks to all for cooperation and for help to keep the event safe. Food and beverages will be available for purchase. (PN File Photo)

Just for the fun of it… Check out Jim Hoch’s 2023 Salute photos

Photos for Naperville Salute can all be viewed in James Hoch Photography main gallery:

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