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  • The Johnson and Dumele families of Cary and the Barnum family of Barrington camp out listening to music while they wait for the fireworks at Cary's Summer Celebration in Lions Park -- which is always held on July 3.

       The Johnson and Dumele families of Cary and the Barnum family of Barrington camp out listening to music while they wait for the fireworks at Cary's Summer Celebration in Lions Park -- which is always held on July 3.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer, 2013

 
By Lauren Rohr
lrohr@dailyherald.com

Though the Fourth of July is perhaps the most popular date for fireworks shows, some towns hold their celebrations on a different night.

Fox River Grove, for example, holds its fireworks show the Saturday following Fourth of July weekend. Donna Brouder, village clerk and office manager, said, to keep up with tradition, the town will hold its annual fireworks display on Saturday, July 12.

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The evening-long festival will begin at 6 p.m. at Picnic Grove Park, on Birch Lane. Music, food and beverages will be available at the park.

Parking is not permitted on the park grounds, so free shuttles will transport attendees to the park from locations along various routes: Victoria Woods, Hunters Farm, and Welch's Subdivision; the Foxmoor Route; and the South Route.

Brouder said Fourth of July weekend always has festivals throughout the surrounding communities, so Fox River Grove started the tradition of holding its festival a week later.

"There are always so many other venues during that time, it is nice to have it later," she said. "And we seem to draw more people."

Fox River Grove isn't the only community with fireworks on days other than the Fourth of July. Cary holds its summer celebration a day early.

On Thursday, July 3, at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, a fireworks display will begin at dusk. However, attendees who get there early can enjoy food available for purchase and live music by Alex & the Allstars starting at 7:30 p.m., according to the website.

Parking is $5 on the grass and $10 on the pavement.

Also holding its fireworks show on a different day is Crystal Lake, whose fireworks and concert festival will take place Sunday, July 6.

This event concludes Crystal Lake's weekend-long Lakeside Festival.

Live entertainment and other activities will take place throughout the day at the festival, and the fireworks show will be displayed over the lake at dusk.

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