DeKalb County’s 4th of July Happenings


DeKalb County knows how to celebrate Independence Day. Below are details about the events planned around the area.

Kirkland 4th of July Celebration

July 1-4: Come join the 4th of July Celebration in Kirkland for its 61st year! Four days of live music, food, vendors, rides, parade, events, and ‘The Bigges Fireworks in Northern Illinois’ on Sunday night. Visit their website for a complete schedule of events.

Sandwich Freedom Days

2010 Sandwich Freedom Days Parade will be held on Saturday July 3rd. Line-up will begin at 8am at the Sandwich Fair Grounds with the parade starting at 10am. Fireworks are Sunday night at the Sandwich Fairgrounds.  Due to the Railroad St road construction project, the annual downtown events of Sandwich Freedom Days 2010 are cancelled. The Parade and Fireworks will go on as planned.

Shabbona 4th of July Celebration

July 3-4: The Shabbona Hometown Festival’s includes Screamer’s Car Show and fireworks at Shabbona Lake State Park. Shabbona’s celebration will have Carnival rides, moon walks, inflatable slides, magic shows, music and games of all sorts. Be sure to check out the petting zoo, which is sure to be a big hit. Several food vendors will have booths on-sites. Parade will be Sunday, July 4th at 12:30pm.  Fireworks will be Sunday night at Shabbona Lake State Park. Visit their website for more information.

DeKalb’s 4th of July Celebration

Photo by Curtis Clegg

July 4: Art at Ellwood: Come and enjoy art, music and food at this 38th Annual event where more than 80 fine artists and artisan crafters show and see their work on the lawns of the Ellwood House Museum. The Fair & Sale run from 9AM-4PM. For more details please visit their website.

DeKalb celebrates this patriotic holiday with vendors, food, crafts, live music, and fireworks at Hopkins Park. Visit their website for more details.


  1. Russ… this is the 2010 story… in 2011 the tradition continues at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. The DeKalb Municipal Band (Dee Palmer, Director) will perform in the bandshell before and during the fireworks. Fireworks at dusk are co-sponsored by the DeKalb Park District and City of DeKalb. There’s booths filled with food, crafts and fun vendors. Come early to get a good spot.

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