A pyrotechnic spectacle decorated the night sky over Cary on Thursday night as others will in these coming summer nights in celebration of the anniversary of our independence.
The Fourth of July is when we celebrate Congress adopting the Declaration of Independence from England – our nation's 238th birthday.
"And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor," the Founding Fathers wrote.
We still celebrate that pledge in Philadelphia, in Crystal Lake, Woodstock, McHenry, Huntley, Lake in the Hills, Algonquin, Harvard, Richmond, Johnsburg, Cary, Fox River Grove, Hebron and across this entire land with proud tradition.
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The following Fourth of July events and fireworks are taking place in the McHenry County area. Dates, times and locations are subject to change or cancellation.
CRYSTAL LAKE INDEPENDENCE DAY PARADE CENTENNIAL CELEBRATION, 1 p.m. July 6, stepping off at City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake. Parade and centennial celebration of the 100th birthday of Crystal Lake. The parade will turn south on Dole Avenue and end at the Lakeside Festival grounds. Fireworks at dusk over the lake at Main Beach. Information: 815-459-1300 or www.clchamber.com.
Fox River Grove
VILLAGE FIREWORKS CELEBRATION, 6 p.m. July 12, Picnic Grove Park, Birch Lane, Fox River Grove. The celebration will feature music and fireworks. Local community groups will be selling food and drinks. There will be no entry after 9 p.m. as a safety measure. Information: 847-639-3170 or www.foxrivergrove-il.org.
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS SHOW, dusk July 4, Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd., Huntley. Information: 847-515-5200 or www.huntley.il.us.
4TH OF JULY PARADE & PICNIC, 10 a.m. July 4. Parade route runs from Burnett Road to Veteran’s Park, 432 W. State Road, Island Lake. Free hot dogs, chips, drinks, kids’ games, disc jockey and pony rides at Veteran’s Park after the parade. Information: 847-650-8410 or villageofislandlake.com.
PISTAKEE BAY FIREWORKS, dusk July 5, in front of the Oak Park Lounge, 801 W. Oak Grove Road, Johnsburg. Fireworks over the bay in front of the Lounge. Information: 815-385-9872 or www.facebook.com/pages/pistakee-bay-fireworks.
INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS, dusk July 5, Petersen Park, on McCullom Lake Road, McHenry. Rain date is July 6. Information: 815-363-2100 or www.ci.mchenry.il.us.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, noon July 4, Parade route is north on Winn Road, east on Main Street, north on Blivin Street and into the Horse Fair Park. There will be a variety of family activities after the parade at the park and disc jockey Jessica Juska will entertain everyone after the parade from 2 to 5 p.m. Mr. Myers Band will play at 6 p.m. Fireworks will be at Thelen Park at dusk and can be viewed from Spring Grove and Horse Fair Park. Parking: $5 Horse Fair Park or Spring Grove Park; $10 Thelen Park. Information: 815-675-2121 or www.springgrovevillage.com.
4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION, 1:30 p.m. July 4, Parade starts at Christ the King Church, 5006 E. Wonder Lake Road, Wonder Lake. There will be an open house starting at 2:30 p.m. at the East Side Fire Station, and Kid’s Zone and games at the Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce. The Wonder Lake Water Ski Show Team will perform at 4:30 p.m. at Center Beach. Fireworks at dark over the lake. Information: 815-728-0682 or www.wonderlake.org.
FIREWORKS DISPLAY, dusk July 4, Emricson Park, 900 W. South St., Woodstock. Information: 815-338-4300 or woodstockil.gov.