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Traditions! 4th of July Parades wind through Naperville neighborhoods

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Above / Decked out in red, white and blue, local residents decorate their cars, bikes, scooters and strollers to participate in local Independence Day Parades hosted by various subdivisions. The Fourth of July also is a very popular day to see the American flag lining the streets throughout the city as residents observe America’s birthday.

This “rock of ages” is decorated to rock around the clock for different holidays, notably as “Sham-rock” for St. Patrick’s Day, “Plymouth Rock” for Thanksgiving and “Jingle bell rock” for Christmas.

While no Independence Day parade is planned for West Wind, neighbors and passersby are reminded of fireworks on the Fourth of July as they walk or drive along Whispering Hills.

See the Naperville fireworks high in the night sky hosted by the City and the Naperville Park District beginning at 9:30PM in the Frontier Sports Complex, just south of 95th Street and Neuqua Valley High School. At dusk, other colorful fireworks are known to entertain throughout the city. Celebrate safely.

Knoch Knolls Homeowners Association again will host its Annual Fourth of July Parade to honor the men and women in the military and their families who have served the United States, protecting this nation’s cherished freedoms and its independence.

Parade participants will assemble prior to 11AM in the Spring Brook School circle drive at 2700 Seiler Drive, located within the subdivision. The procession will follow a route down Gateshead Avenue to Knoch Knolls Commons. 

Veterans and scouts have a long track record of marching in the Knoch Knolls 4th of July Parade. (PN File Photo 2013)

Many notable veterans, elected officials and guests again will be joining the neighborhood community located just north of 95th Street and Knoch Knolls Park.

The Knoch Knolls neighborhood has a long history of welcoming many of Naperville’s Veterans from the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

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Neighbors again will gather for a Fourth of July picnic after the parade. (2014 PN Photo)

After the running of the Independence Day parade, all-American tributes will continue with a family-friendly celebration including refreshments, beverages, music, children’s games and a bouncy house.

Cheers for the red, white and blue! (PN File Photo)

4th of July Parades in Brookdale & Wil-o-way

Naperville loves its parades every season of the year! Unlike St. Patrick’s Day, Memorial Day, India Day, Labor Day and Holiday Light parades held throughout downtown Naperville, Independence Day Parades to celebrate our nation’s birthday traditionally have been organized by homeowners’ organizations in different neighborhoods.

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Folks who visit downtown Naperville will find spectators in the “Naperville Loves a Parade” mural in downtown Naperville. The mural featuring 300 faces, all ages, is located just off Main Street between Jefferson and Jackson avenues. (PN File Photo)

The Century Walk mural, “Naperville Loves a Parade,” portrays the city’s affection for its many patriotic parades every day. Find the long wall of colorful spectators just off Main Street along Rubins Way, across the street from Heaven on Seven & Dean’s Fine Clothing in downtown Naperville.

For instance, at 11AM, July 4, the 47th Annual Fourth of July Parade steps off from Hill Middle School in the Brookdale Subdivision. Decked out in red, white and blue, entries will follow the route from Langley to Bainbridge, Bainbridge to Foxhill, Foxhill to Manchester, Manchester to Brookdale. Turn right on Brookdale and continue to Brookdale Racquet Club.

Organizers say, “Grab your bike and join us for a fun ride around the neighborhood on the 4th of July to celebrate Independence Day!”

Bike decorating starts at 9AM at the basketball courts in Wil-O-Way Park. Parade starts at 9:30AM. Wil-O-Way HOA will provide decorations and treats. Don’t be late! 

Happy Independence Day! Celebrate safely.

If your Naperville neighborhood celebrates with a 4th of July Parade and you’d like it featured here, send brief details or a photo of a yard sign to stephanie@positivelynaperville.com before midnight, July 3. Cheers!

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