3 ways to keep celebrating the Fourth of July this weekend

  • Ribfest at Knoch Park in Naperville continues through Saturday.

    Ribfest at Knoch Park in Naperville continues through Saturday. Daily Herald file

Updated 7/5/2018 7:13 AM

Fourth of July celebrations aren't over just because Wednesday's fireworks have fizzled out.

Some of the best suburban festivals, concerts, parades and fireworks displays are still to come. Here are three ways to keep celebrating Independence Day into the weekend:


1) Naperville Ribfest: What says summer more than barbecue, music and a carnival? Eat ribs, enjoy a family area with activities and entertainment and watch national touring acts perform during this festival from noon to 10 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday in Knoch Park at West Street and Martin Avenue in Naperville.

Country music stars Jordan Davis, Chris Janson and Jake Owen takes the stage starting at 5:30 p.m. Friday. On Saturday, Haley Reinhart sings at 6:30 p.m., and Steven Tyler and the Loving Mary Band play at 8:30 p.m.

Tickets are $45 for Friday and $75 for Saturday. VIP and upgrade packages are available, as are carnival wristbands. Admission to the South Park only, with access to ribs, carnival and the family area but not the main stage entertainment, is $5 daily. Visit ribfest.net for more information.

2) Lakeside Festival in Crystal Lake: The 39th annual event features carnival rides, Taste by the Lake, children's events, historic mansion tours and a parade. It's happening from 4 to 11 p.m. today, noon to 11 p.m. Friday and noon to 10 p.m. Saturday at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road in Crystal Lake.

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The parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday, followed by a baggo tournament at 1:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Music from Hi Infidelity starts at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Modern Day Romeos take the stage at 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

General admission is $5. It's $2 for seniors and free for kids 12 and younger and active military with valid ID. More information at lakesideartspark.org.

3) Northwest Fourth Fest: Get your fill of music during this festival at the Sears Centre Arena in Hoffman Estates from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.

It also includes a carnival, children's games, pony rides, pie-eating contests and a craft fair. Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

Music headliners are the Blooze Brothers at 7:30 p.m. and 7th heaven at 9:30 p.m. Friday; The Gingers at 6:30 p.m. and Semple at 8:30 and 10 p.m. Saturday; and Hi Infidelity at 4:30 p.m. Sunday.


The carnival also runs from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. today.

Free admission and parking. More information northwestfourthfest.com.

Find a complete list of festivals in the suburbs at https://bit.ly/2z8vajF.

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