Eight-year-old Natalie Gorgius of Island Lake is decked out in red, white and blue Wednesday during the Island Lake Fourth of July Community Picnic at Veterans Park.
Three-year-old Audrey Fox of Island Lake enjoys a hot dog Wednesday during the Island Lake Fourth of July Community Picnic Veterans Park.
The Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade kicks off Wednesday morning.
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Four-year-old Maddy Gardner, left, and 3-year-old Olivia Altergott, both of Wauconda, wave as the Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade begins Wednesday morning.
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Racers dash for the water during a cardboard boat regatta at Lincolnshire's Red White and Boom 2012 event Wedensday at Spring Lake Park.
Twelve-year-old Sahsa Pinchuk, left, and 14-year-old Naomie Lapointe, both of Lincolnshire compete in a carboad boat regatta as Lincolnshire held its Red White and Boom 2012 event Wedensday at Spring Lake Park.
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The Boy Scout motto is "Be prepared," and members of Vernon Hills' Troop 95 took that to heart Wednesday morning as they waited to march in the town's Independence Day parade. With the temperature already climbing toward 90 degrees before the 9 a.m. kickoff, the boys and their leaders stood under shade trees with water bottles ready.