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Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fireworks!! and Other Holiday Links

Here is a very comprehensive Fireworks List of all the local celebrations in Chicagoland (here is another too). But here, too, are some links for a few of the Dupage 4th of July parties near you.

Wheaton parade and fireworks: The parade starts at 10 and the fireworks are at dusk. We have actually gone to this parade for the last few years but will be out of town this year. I am kinda bummed to miss it. They do a nice job.

Glen Ellyn: Fireworks at Lake Ellyn at dusk but there is a little family carnival there too from 1:30-4:30.

Naperville Rib Fest: Thursday the 2nd-Sunday the 5th, Fireworks on the 4th at 9:30. Even if you don't go to Ribfest, they are opening the gates to the public at 7pm for the fireworks.

And the Fourth of July wouldn't be the same without the Taste. My Hubby and I went one year (pre-kids) and it was one of the hottest, most tiring days of my life. But the food is delish so it makes it somehow worth it. :)
Taste of Chicago: June 26th- July 5th.
Fireworks on the 3rd at 9pm and fireworks at Navy Pier- July4 9:00

Other fun Independence Day links:
You may want to check out this tutorial on how to take good fireworks pictures with your point-and-shoot or SLR camera. It has some good tips on how to get those perfect shots of the fireworks.
A goofy quiz- How well do you know our country's history?
Some 4th of July Crafts and activities for you and your kiddos to try
Patriotic Recipes for that backyard barbecue or family get-together

If you have a favorite 4th celebration or a tip on how to make the most of the weekend, we would love to hear it. Leave a comment here and get the discussion going.


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