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Members of the Sons of the American Revolution Illinois, march down Front Street in the 4th of July parade in Wheaton on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Jake Wittman, 4 of Naperville, takes a ride on the Newhieghts Mechanical Bull, one of the activities at Ribfest in Naperville on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Nathan Kuhs, 7, of Aurora, takes a big bite of a rib during Ribfest in Naperville on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Crowds enjoy ribs, music and carnival rides during Ribfest in Naperville on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Twins Grace, left and Catherine Cahill, right, are decked out in patriotic wear as they wait for the 4th of July parade in Glen Ellyn on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Diane Telander of Glen Ellyn cheers and waves as the 4th of July parade goes by on Crescent Boulevard in Glen Ellyn on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

June Franks from Sunrise Senior Living center in Glen Ellyn, waves the flag and hands out water bottles as she takes part in the 4th of July parade in Glen Ellyn on Thursday.

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Uncle Sam makes his way down Main Street during the 4th of July parade in Wheaton on Thursday.

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Margarette Spencer, 8, left and her brother Aidan, 6, of West Chicago, are decked out in red, white and blue as they wait for the 4th of July parade in Wheaton on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Tyler and Erin Birt of Wheaton with their son Ryan, 3, watch the 4th of July parade go by in Wheaton on Thursday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Picture submitted by Karen Kozenczak, City of Des Plaines Media Services Division Elizabeth Makelim, Des Plaines Historical Society, performs as "Uncle Sam" on the Des Plaines Historical float in the July Fourth Parade.

Mt. Prospect July Fourth festivities shows a massive amount of parade watchers having fun, looking for candy and enjoying the day.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mt. Prospect July Fourth festivities has Steve Glover protecting his daughter's Lauren, 4, hearing as the fire trucks roll by blasting their horns during the parade.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mt. Prospect July Fourth festivities has Doris Kyllingstad of Park Ridge cheering on the military as they march in the parade.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mt. Prospect July Fourth festivities has Veronica Wrona, 5, of Mt. Prospect protecting her candy stash and holding the colors as she watches the parade roll by.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mt. Prospect July Fourth festivities has parade watchers on their feet as the colors roll by.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

These are images from the Hoffman Estates Independence Day parade.

Photos by Lucas Park, courtesy of the Village of H

These are images from the Hoffman Estates Independence Day parade.

Photos by Lucas Park, courtesy of the Village of H

These are images from the Hoffman Estates Independence Day parade.

Photos by Lucas Park, courtesy of the Village of H

Cousins Grace Carroll, 2, left, and Megan Murray, 3, both of Rolling Meadows, sit together during the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Junior Danielle Sioui, front, is among the members of the Rolling Meadows High School flag team performing during the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Lily Worline, 9, of Crystal Lake waves her flag during the Rolling Meadows Fourth of July parade Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Frontier Days festivities kicks off on the Fourth of July with Nela, 3, and her sister Ula Zadecki, 5, of Arlington Heights finding the pizza hot and cheesy as they have lunch after the parade.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

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Frontier Days festivities kicks off on the Fourth of July with camel feeding at the petting zoo with Rebecca White and her niece Charlotte Brook, 3, both of Arlington Heights.

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Frontier Days festivities kicks off on the Fourth of July for Lauren Schenkel, 23, of Arlington Heights seeing stars while she polished off a buttery ear of corn.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Frontier Days festivities kicks off on the Fourth of July great for Amanda Olsen, 13, of Arlington Heights who won her stuffed monkey at a basketball game.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn waves to the crowd while marching in the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Jim Grzenia of Arlington Heights wears and Uncle Sam hat and beard while watching the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Thursday.

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The police department leads the procession during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Thursday.

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Logan Boven of Arlington Heights pours a cup of coffee as he and his mom, Vicki, serve Anna Walsh, second from right, and her daughter Colleen Clark, both of Arlington Heights, outside the Uptown Cafe prior to the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Thursday.

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Emelia Weber, 4, of Arlington Heights waits for candy during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade Thursday.

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Barrington's Fourth of July parade kicks off downtown with Ryan Devona, 8, of Barrington kicking it down the parade route as part of their Tiger Martial Arts.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Barrington's Fourth of July parade kicks off downtown with Lexi Kuhlmann, 14, of Barrington getting into the spirit with her red, white and blue painted face.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Barrington's Fourth of July parade kicks off downtown with people packing both sides of the street as they watch the festivities roll by.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Gabrielle Axelrood, 5 of Lake Zurich, enjoys a snow cone she bought from the Lake Zurich Boy Scout Troop 964 booth at the Fourth of July celebration in Paulus Park on Thursday.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Wearing her patriotic dress, 7-month-old Danielle Jaynes of Barrington enjoys Thursday's Lake Zurich Fourth of July celebration with her mom Jillian Jaynes at Paulus Park.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Erik Sundling of Four Seasons Amusements gives train rides to kids during Lake Zurich's Fourth of July celebration in Paulus Park on Thursday.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Arnie Poppe of Spring Grove shows of his colors as he drives the float for Krueger's Farm during Thursday's Fourth of July parade in Lakemoor.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Arei Bein, from left, Julia Fisher, Payton Johnson and Sam Johnson throw candy from the Johnson family's military themed float during Thursday's Fourth of July parade in Lakemoor.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

The 2013 Miss Antioch Megan Vladic, from left, Little Miss Antioch Aubrey Ultsch and Junior Miss Antioch Sarah Opolka enjoy a ride in Thursday's Fourth of July parade down Main Street in Antioch.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Life guards from the Antioch Aqua Center spray parade-goers along Main Street Thursday morning during Antioch's Fourth of July parade.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Six-month-old Sierra Luellen gets some help dancing from her mom Sarah Carigan during the Elgin Fourth of July Parade Thursday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Mya Chan, 10, of Huntley, left, and Abigail Ludwig, 8, of Elgin get a good look at the floats during the Elgin Fourth of July Parade Thursday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Six-year-old Isabella Diaz of South Elgin waves her flag during the South Elgin Fourth of July Parade Thursday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Five-year-old Bethany Volkening Helps her grandfather John Volkening out on his tractor during the Sugar Grove Fourth of July Parade Thursday. Both are from Sugar Grove.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Two-year-old Logan Schroll of Sugar Grove keeps it rolling with a little help from his dad during the Sugar Grove Fourth of July Parade Thursday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Chicago Blackhawk coach Joel Quenneville celebrates a Stanley Cup victory, as the grand marshall thrills his hometown Hinsdale July Fourth parade route.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Chicago Blackhawk coach Joel Quenneville celebrates a Stanley Cup victory, as the grand marshall thrills his hometown Hinsdale July Fourth parade route.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

A float from JRC Design with the slogan "Never Forget" makes its way along the Independence Day parade route in Arlington Heights Thursday.

John Lampinen | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 7/4/2013 6:20 PM

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The spirit of America was on display Thursday as thousands of people celebrated Independence Day by donning patriotic garb, watching parades and having fun at festivals all around the suburbs.
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