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Fourth of July weekend festivities in Northwest suburbs of Chicago 2014

Groups of children join firefighters, police, members of the military and the public in participating in the ceremonial transfer of the National 9/11 Flag into the The National September 11 Memorial Museum permanent collection on May 21, 2014 in New York
Groups of children join firefighters, police, members of the military and the public in participating in the ceremonial transfer of the National 9/11 Flag into the The National September 11 Memorial Museum permanent collection on May 21, 2014 in New York
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Independence Day is celebrated with weekend celebrations in the Northwest suburbs of Chicago in 2014. The official Fourth of July holiday is on Friday and aeveral communities are holding festivals all weekend long to celebrate America's most patriotic holiday. Following is an overview of celebrations, fireworks, parades and family entertainment in the northwestern suburbs of Chicago. There are large festivals in Arlington Heights, Barrington, Hoffman Estates, Mount Prospect and Palatine..

Arlington Heights: The 39th Annual Frontier Days Festival in Arlington Heights runs Wed.-Sun. July 2-6. The Festival features carnival rides, free entertainment on three stages and free family activities and sporting events. , Musical headliners include: Chicago Six on Wed., Sister Hazel on Thurs., Gin Blossoms on Fri., The Bacon Brothers on Sat. and American English on Sun. The Fourth of July Parade, titled Toys on Parade, is on Fri. and steps off at 10 a.m.. Frontier Days is held at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights. Admission is free.

Barrington: Barrington's 4th of July Festival, sponsored by the Barrington Lions, runs Thurs.-Sat., July 3-5. The Fourth of July Parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Fri.. Fireworks, sponsored by Barrington Bank and Trust, are on Fri. at dusk. The festival is at Patriot Park. Admission is free during the day and $5 after 5 p.m.

Hoffman Estates: Northwest Fourth Fest is a large festival held at Sears Center Arena in Hoffman Estates Thurs.-Sun., July 3-6. The Festival, held by the Village of Hoffman Estates, Hanover Township and Hoffman Estates Parks and Rec., features entertainment, a carnival, a parade, fireworks, food and more. The Fourth of July Parade, themed "America: Yesterday, Today & Forever," steps off on Illinois Boulevard on Fri. at 9 a.m. Fireworks are on Fri. evening at 9:30 p.m. Concerts include: Heartache Tonight on Thurs.; Kashmir and Modern Day Romeos on Fri.; and Mike & Joe and Smashmouth on Sat.. Admission and parking are free.

Mount Prospect: The 76th Lions Festival is at Melas Park in Mt. Prospect Wed.-Sun., July 2-6. The festival features carnival rides, food court, beer garden and musical entertainment. All you can eat Pancake Breakfast is July 4 (7-11 a.m./ Family Day is July 6. Fireworks light the sky at dusk on July 2 and July 4.

Palatine: Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest runs Wed.-Sun., July 2-4. The festival features carnival rides, food, live music and more. Family Day is on Sat. Fireworks are on Thurs. at dusk (9:30 p.m.). The Hometown Parade is on Sat. at 10 a.m. The Art & Crafts and Business Expo is on Fri. and Sat..

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