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7.4.2024 | What You Need To Know Today

Homewood parade. Homewood’s annual 4th of July parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from St. John Neumann Church lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, and proceeds to Ridge Road then east to the Izaak Walton Preserve.

The best way to watch the parade is at the curb, but if you can’t make it, check the Chronicle’s Facebook page. We plan to livestream much of the parade.

Izaak Walton Community Picnic. Preserve volunteers provide the facilities and offer food and refreshments for sale (cooked brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, cheeseburgers, corn on the cob, corn pudding, gourmet sandwiches, soft drinks, water etc.) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For the third consecutive year, volunteers will conduct games for all ages starting at noon. There will be foot races, sack races, water balloon toss, egg toss and catch contest, a bag toss tournament (limited to 16 teams starting at 11:30 a.m.), volleyball and other games. All participants will receive Dairy Queen gift certificates. All winners will receive prizes.

Flossmoor Bike Parade. The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District will be in the Parker Junior High Parking Lot at 9:15 a.m. to help children add pizzazz to their bikes. The parade sponsored by the Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department has been a tradition since 1931. The line up will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the parade will follow Flossmoor Road east to downtown Flossmoor at 10 a.m. Enjoy birthday cupcakes, celebrating Flossmoor’s 100th birthday.


Country Club Hills 4th of July Fireworks Show, open at 6 p.m. Refreshments, entertainment and fireworks. Gates open at 6 p.m. at Country Club Hills Theater, 4150 W. 183rd St.

Glenwood Independence Day Parade and Festival, 1 to 5 p.m. Parade starts at 1 p.m. from Glenwood Oaks, 106 Main St., to village hall, 1 Asselborn Way. The festival will last until 5 p.m. behind village hall at 1 N. Rebecca St. and will include a DJ, stepping, games, food trucks and vendors.

Harvey Independence Day Celebration, 3 to 9 p.m. Parade from 3 to 4:20 p.m. going from 155th Street and Wood Street to 155th Street and Broadway. Carnival from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Fireworks begin at 8:30 p.m., both at 15320 Broadway.

Thornton Independence Day Fireworks, 6 p.m. to dusk. Concessions will open at 6 p.m. Fireworks at sundown in Hubbard Park, west of Wolcott School, 200 N. Wolcott St.

Tinley Park Ribfest and Fireworks. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. There will be an area for people to set up blankets and lawn chairs outside the event, so even those who aren’t planning on attending Ribfest can still enjoy the show. Everyone can click here when the fireworks get started to sync with the music. Live music at 2, 4:30 and 7 p.m. Free admission for Tinley Park residents with proof of residency. Tickets are $15 per person online at eventwizinc.com or at the gate. Admission is free for children age 3 and younger.

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