Red, white and blue as we celebrate the 4th

 

Red, white and blue are the colors of the day as residents across the region celebrate the Fourth of July with parades, festivals, cookouts and, if the weather holds tonight, fireworks.

Lily Warren, 14, of Elgin wears star stickers as she watches the city's Fourth of July parade on Thursday.
  Lily Warren, 14, of Elgin wears star stickers as she watches the city's Fourth of July parade on Thursday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Em Ramangkoun, left, of Elgin's American Legion Post 57 marches in the city's parade Thursday.
  Em Ramangkoun, left, of Elgin's American Legion Post 57 marches in the city's parade Thursday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Michael Borawski of St. Charles and his 2-year-old daughter, Zofia, enjoy Elgin's Independence Day parade Thursday.
  Michael Borawski of St. Charles and his 2-year-old daughter, Zofia, enjoy Elgin's Independence Day parade Thursday.
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The Wheeling High School marching band performs Thursday during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade.
  The Wheeling High School marching band performs Thursday during the Arlington Heights Fourth of July parade.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
A member of the Krazy Clown Klub greets the crowd Thursday at Arlington Heights' parade.
  A member of the Krazy Clown Klub greets the crowd Thursday at Arlington Heights' parade.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
One of the more than 80 units marching in Vernon Hills.
  One of the more than 80 units marching in Vernon Hills.
Christopher Placek | Staff Photographer
The South Shore Drill Team marches in the Vernon Hills parade on Thursday.
  The South Shore Drill Team marches in the Vernon Hills parade on Thursday.
Christopher Placek/cplacek@ dailyherald.com
Veteran Patrick Green of Carpentersville and American Legion Post 679 holds his rifle as wreaths are placed during a ceremony Thursday at The Wall That Heals in West Dundee.
  Veteran Patrick Green of Carpentersville and American Legion Post 679 holds his rifle as wreaths are placed during a ceremony Thursday at The Wall That Heals in West Dundee.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Hundreds of flags representing prisoners of war and those missing in action in Vietnam are part of the "Welcome Home Tribute in West Dundee."
  Hundreds of flags representing prisoners of war and those missing in action in Vietnam are part of the "Welcome Home Tribute in West Dundee."
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Tommy Boratto of Bloomingdale digs into a rib Thursday during the Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest in Knoch Park.
  Tommy Boratto of Bloomingdale digs into a rib Thursday during the Exchange Club of Naperville's Ribfest in Knoch Park.
Joe Lewnard/ jlewnard@ dailyherald.com
Patrons line up for barbecue Thursday during Naperville's Ribfest celebration in Knoch Park.
  Patrons line up for barbecue Thursday during Naperville's Ribfest celebration in Knoch Park.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
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