Fourth of July Celebration

Thursday, July 4, 2019

Town Square (301 N. Bridge, Yorkville)

Game Farm Road Access:  Please note that starting June 3, 2019 Beecher Road will be closed coming from Route 34 due to construction.  Parade parking and parade floats will need to access Game Farm Road from West Somonauk Street.  

 Those looking to enter a float in the parade do not need to inform the committee of their participation prior to the parade. All participating floats should arrive at the Yorkville High School the morning of the parade starting at 7:30am for line-up.  The parade begins at 9am!  The Parade Route is listed below.

Parade route: Game Farm Rd, Somonauk Street, King Street, West Main Street, Church Street, and the parade will end at the water tower. 

For more information please download the parade route map. Throwing candy from parade floats is not permitted. Candy may be thrown by those participants walking the parade route. Streets surrounding Town Square will be closed to traffic and parking during the parade and celebration. 

Town Square Activities: The activities begin immediately after the parade and end at Noon.  Activities will include children's foot races, rides, water fights, and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band.  Food and drink will be available for purchase.  

In Case of Rain:  The Parade and Town Square Activities are a rain or shine event and will continue as scheduled unless lightening/thunderstorms or extreme rain is present. Please read the Fireworks section below for rain and cancellation information pertaining to the fireworks.  Please check the United City of Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department's Facebook page for weather related updates.

Fireworks: The fireworks will begin at dusk and will be shot off near the corner of Rt 47 and Countryside Pkwy.  The Yorkville Big Band will also be performing at 8:00pm at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home. If the fireworks are cancelled on July 4 due to extreme weather, they will be rescheduled for Saturday, July 13 at River Fest in Riverfront Park (131 E Hydraulic Ave, Yorkville).  Any fireworks updates or cancellations will be notified through the United City of Yorkville Parks and Recreation Department's Facebook page.

Additional Information:  All 4th of July activities are free to everyone, except for food and drink purchases, and are subject to change without notice.  We do appreciate and welcome donations to help support this long-standing community event. Donations are accepted online or by check. Checks can be made out and mailed to: United City of Yorkville (800 Game Farm Rd, Yorkville IL 60560).  Please write "4th of July" in the memo line.  All donations are tax deductible. If your business would like to sponsor the 2019 Fourth of July Celebration please download the sponsorship form (coming soon)for more information. Please contact Steve Redmon at 630-553-4357 or by email with any questions regarding sponsorship. 

The Legend of 'The Fox'

Thursday, July 4 at 1:00pm
Chapel On the Green
$5 Donation Appreciated

Take a break this July 4th at the Chapel on the Green and attend a most informative presentation about our Fox River.  

Friends of the Fox River (FOFR) celebrates the 50th anniversary of the "birth" of the Fox Valley's local hero "The Fox" by bringing Jim Phillips story to life again with "The Legend of the Fox" presented by FOFR's Executive Director, Gary Mechanic.

For nearly two decades, James F. Phillips successfully hid his identity by masquerading as "The Fox" while he waged a courageous, covert war against the worst polluters of the Fox River.  "The Fox" became the world's first eco terrorist to some and a world renowned environmental hero to many.  

It's a story about courage born of love.  It's a story of magic and danger.  It's a story about The Lone Ranger, Robin Hood and Henry David Thoreau rolled into one, small town teacher/activist.  It is a story about protecting the environment, and changing the culture of the world.  

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