WONDER LAKE – This year’s Fourth of July festivities, starting with a Mardi Gras-themed parade, will be held Thursday in Wonder Lake. This is the community’s largest event.
The parade will kick off from Christ the King Catholic Church at 1:30 p.m. The route starts down East Wonder Lake Road to Hancock Drive and ends at Wonder Center Beach along East Lake Shore Drive.
The parade grand marshals are brothers Ken and Jerry Graff of C&A Auto Body and Storage. C&A was established in Chicago in 1956 by Chuck Lebda and Al Graff and expanded to Wonder Lake in 1972, when the brothers took over the business.
The brothers and their families have lived in Wonder Lake since 1967. They support local organizations and events and are members of Christ the King Church, Holy Apostles, the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce, the Wonder Lake Sportsman Club, and the Wonder Lake Ski Team, and theysupport the local food pantry.
After the parade will be an open house at the fire station on the east side. The Kids Zone, next to the Chamber office on Hancock Drive, will feature face painting, a dunk tank, an obstacle course, a photo booth and balloons.
Tours for the McHenry County Historical Museum bus and U.S. Coast Guard auxiliary boats will be available, as well as food such as pizza, funnel cakes, ice cream and coffee cakes.
The National Champion Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team will perform at 4:30 p.m. at Center Beach. A fireworks display over the lake will begin at dark.
For information, call Donna Sullivan at 815-728-0682.
Join the parade
Wonder Lake Bicycle, 4308 East Drive, invites children of the community to participate in the parade. Any children interested in decorating bicycles and joining the parade can call 815-653-9904.