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posted: 6/25/2014 3:32 PM

Waukegan to hold American Independence Parade and Festival June 29

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  • The North Suburban Young Marines march in last year's Waukegan American Independence Parade. This year's parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29.

      The North Suburban Young Marines march in last year's Waukegan American Independence Parade. This year's parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Park District

  • The Navy Band Great Lakes Marching Band perform in last year's Waukegan American Independence Parade. This year's parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29. This year's parade will be followed by a festival from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Bowen Park.

      The Navy Band Great Lakes Marching Band perform in last year's Waukegan American Independence Parade. This year's parade will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 29. This year's parade will be followed by a festival from 2:30 to 5 p.m. at Bowen Park.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Park District

  • The Lake County Mounted Posse horse club rides in last year's Waukegan American Independence Parade.

      The Lake County Mounted Posse horse club rides in last year's Waukegan American Independence Parade.
    Courtesy of the Waukegan Park District

 
Waukegan Park District submission

Waukegan's American Independence Parade and Festival will be held Sunday, June 29. This year's theme is "Bringing Home the Gold."

The parade will step off at 1 p.m. at Sheridan Road and Franklin Street and follow Sheridan north to Greenwood Avenue, ending at Bowen Park. Waukegan Mayor Wayne Motley will serve as Grand Marshal.

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The festival will take place from 2:30 to 5 p.m. throughout Bowen Park, and will include children's games, inflatables, a petting zoo, skate park exhibition and competition, music, food and more. New to the festival lineup is a show from Chicago's Radio Disney Jr. The Disney Road Crew will entertain children ages 3 to 7 with music, interactive games, dancing and prizes from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Food vendors will open at 11:30 a.m. Bowen Park is at 1800 N. Sheridan Road.

From 3 to 5 p.m., the Waukegan Band will perform a program of patriotic music titled "Salute to America," including "America the Beautiful," "Armed Forces Salute" and marches by John Philip Sousa. For information about the band, visit www.waukeganband.com.

For information about the event, including sponsorships and volunteer or vendor opportunities, call (847) 360-4700 or visit www.waukeganparks.org.

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