The blockbuster Fourth of July festivals are finally here.
In the Northwest suburbs, three open Wednesday -- Frontier Days in Arlington Heights, the Lions Village Festival in Mount Prospect and the Hometown Celebration in Palatine.
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Starting Thursday are the Barrington Fourth of July festival, the Bartlett Fourth of July festival and Northwest Fourth-Fest, held at the Sears Centre Arena and sponsored by Hoffman Estates, the Hoffman Estates Park District and Hanover Township.
All six festivals run through Sunday.
At Frontier Days, the big main stage act at 8 p.m. Wednesday is The Chicago Six, a rock band featuring legendary Chicago Bears Dan Hampton, Otis Wilson and Steve McMichael with three talented musicians.
In Mount Prospect, the main stage opens with Trippin' Billies, the Dave Matthews cover band, playing at both 8:30 and 10 p.m. Wednesday. The band takes a break for the first fireworks show of the season at 9:30 p.m.
In Palatine, the main stage entertainment starts off with you -- as in live Karaoke from 7-10 p.m. Wednesday.