The Village of Hoffman Estates is well known for its popular, first-rate Fourth of July festival, and this year is no exception.
The five-day celebration kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 30, with a carnival on the Village Hall grounds, 1900 Hassell Road. The carnival continues throughout the weekend. The full festival, beginning Friday, July 1, is highlighted by performances by several bands, bingo with cash prizes, pony rides (sponsored by Schaumburg Township District Library), Billy the Balloon Guy, a bike auction, face painting and TNZ Magic Show.
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Food vendors include Bob Chinn's Crab House, Jerseys Pizza & Grill, Jockey Wok 'n' Rolls, Rosati's Pizza, and Taco Factory, among others. New this year: tickets will be required instead of cash to purchase food and beverages in the food tent.
Interested in multicultural entertainment? On both Saturday and Sunday, the Cultural Awareness and Tartan Day commissions will present a cavalcade of ethnic music, dancing and fun. Feature acts include Second Baptist Church of Elgin Choral Ensemble, Rebecca McCarthy School of Irish Dance, Jose Verduzco, Midwest Conservatory of Music and Northwest Steppers, among others.
On Sunday, July 3, the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC) is sponsoring a Village Bicycle Ride at 11:30 a.m. It will begin at the John Muir Literacy Academy, 1973 Kensington Lane, near the Village Hall.
On Monday, July 4, there will be a parade down Hassell Road, right in the heart of the Village. This year's parade theme is, "United We Stand." Children's bike parade participants should assemble at 8:45 a.m. in front of the Village Hall.
Monday will also feature several activities, including a diaper derby (sponsored by buybuy Baby), water balloon toss contest and a bags tournament with cash prizes (sponsored by America's Bar & Grill). The day will end with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
The festival ends at 10 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
Free music entertainment throughout the festival will be supplied by Yabba Griffiths & Traxx, Maddrum Soņando, One More Song, Kashmir, Jonathan Devin & New Country, and CoverGurl.
For more information, call the Fourth of July hotline at 847-252-5446.