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Northwest Fourth-Fest returns to the Sears Centre Thursday-Sunday

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  • The Modern Day Romeos perform at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates. They are performing this year before and after the fireworks Friday night. Admission is free.

      The Modern Day Romeos perform at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates. They are performing this year before and after the fireworks Friday night. Admission is free.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

  • Fans watch the Modern Day Romeos perform at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates. They are performing this year before and after the fireworks Friday night. Admission is free.

      Fans watch the Modern Day Romeos perform at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates. They are performing this year before and after the fireworks Friday night. Admission is free.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

  • Musical performances are free at this year's Northwest Fourth-Fest on the grounds of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

      Musical performances are free at this year's Northwest Fourth-Fest on the grounds of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

  • Families enjoy the rides that are part of the carnival at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates.

      Families enjoy the rides that are part of the carnival at Northwest Fourth-Fest in Hoffman Estates.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

  • An arts and crafts festival and business expo on Saturday and Sunday inside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates are part of the Northwest Fourth-Fest.

      An arts and crafts festival and business expo on Saturday and Sunday inside the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates are part of the Northwest Fourth-Fest.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

  • The Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese Drummers will return this year to Northwest Fourth-Fest as part of the multicultural entertainment program.

      The Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese Drummers will return this year to Northwest Fourth-Fest as part of the multicultural entertainment program.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

  • People enjoy Northwest Fourth-Fest on the grounds of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.

      People enjoy Northwest Fourth-Fest on the grounds of the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates.
    Courtesy Village of Hoffman Estates

 
Submitted by Village of Hoffman Estates

The village of Hoffman Estates, along with Hanover Township and the Hoffman Estates Park District, are bringing back Northwest Fourth-Fest, the area's biggest Fourth of July celebration.

The free four-day event kicks off at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 3, with a carnival outside the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, and a free concert featuring Heartache Tonight playing the Eagles' greatest hits. The festival concludes on Sunday, July 6, at 4 p.m.

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Due to the popularity of last year's event, the venue has increased traffic control, parking (9,000 free spaces), and routes in and out of the grounds to provide for a more convenient celebration.

On Friday, July 4, Independence Day will end with a spectacular fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.

Northwest Fourth-Fest is highlighted by free performances by several bands -- including Kashmir, Modern Day Romeos, Mike & Joe and Smash Mouth -- and dozens of interactive events, including bingo with cash prizes (sponsored by the Dundee Township Boys and Girls Club), a diaper derby, a bags tournament (sponsored by 1st Place Bar & Grill), pony rides (sponsored by Schaumburg Township District Library), a pie-eating contest (sponsored by Mariano's), face painting, a water balloon toss contest and a bike auction. The carnival features more than 40 rides.

On Friday from 11 a.m. to noon and from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., the Hoffman Estates Cultural Awareness Commission will present a variety of ethnic music, dancing and fun.

Northwest Fourth-Fest hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday (carnival only); 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday; 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday; and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

For more information and a complete schedule of events, visit www.northwestfourthfest.com, or call the Fourth of July hotline at (847) 252-5446.

Northwest Fourth-Fest

THURSDAY

6 to 11 p.m. Carnival and Festival

6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday Photo Contest, take Instagram pics and submit them for a prize

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Bingo with cash prizes

7:30 p.m. Heartache Tonight, main stage

FRIDAY

8:45 a.m. Children's bike and trike parade assembly, Kingman Lane/Illinois Boulevard

9 a.m. Fourth of July Parade on Illinois Boulevard, theme of "America: Yesterday, Today & Forever"

11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Carnival and Festival

11 a.m. to noon Multicultural Entertainment: Grupo Folklorico Quetzal; Rebecca McCarthy School of Dance

1 p.m. Diaper Derby, open to the first 24 children under 12 months, crawlers only, sign-in 12:30 p.m.

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. The Magic Of Brian Holt, village green stage

1:30 p.m. Jump Taxi, main stage

2 to 6 p.m. Balloon animals, food tent

2 to 6 p.m. Face painting, food tent

12 to 10 p.m. Bingo with cash prizes

3 p.m. Bags tournament, food tent

3 to 5 p.m. Multicultural Entertainment: Vidhya Babu Indian Dancers; guitarist Jose Verduzco; Midwest Buddhist Temple Japanese Drummers

3:30 p.m. Pie-eating contest, food tent

3:30 p.m. Brian Lavender, main stage

4 to 6 p.m. Pony rides

5 p.m. Water balloon toss contest

6 p.m. Kashmir, main stage

8:30 p.m. Modern Day Romeos, main stage

9:30 p.m. Fireworks display

10:15 p.m. Modern Day Romeos, main stage

SATURDAY

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair and Business Expo, inside Sears Centre Arena

1 to 11 p.m. Carnival and Festival

1:30 p.m. Rubber chicken toss contest

2 p.m. The Barefoot Hawaiian, main stage

2 to 5 p.m. Balloon animals, food tent

2 to 5 p.m. Face painting, food tent

2:30 p.m. Bike auction

2 to 10 p.m. Bingo with cash prizes

3 to 6 p.m. Pony rides

4 p.m. North by Northwest, main stage

4 to 5 p.m. Yodeling contest, village green stage

5:30 p.m. Best legs contest, village green stage

6 p.m. Mike & Joe, main stage

8:30 p.m. Smash Mouth, main stage

SUNDAY

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Arts & Crafts Fair and Business Expo, inside Sears Centre Arena

Noon to 6 p.m. Carnival

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