Family fun on the Fourth of July in Hinsdale

Stiltwalker Tim Balster, a Hinsdale Central graduate, greets the crowd as a 10-foot Uncle Sam during a recent Fourth of July parade in Hinsdale. | Provided
Stiltwalker Tim Balster, a Hinsdale Central graduate, greets the crowd as a 10-foot Uncle Sam during a recent Fourth of July parade in Hinsdale. | Provided
Kimberly Fornek
kfornek@pioneerlocal.com
June 30 3:30 p.m.

Fourth of July Activities

10 a.m.: Parade starts from Sixth and Garfield streets, Hinsdale

After the parade (about 11 a.m.): Turtle Races on Chicago Avenue in front of Memorial Hall

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Childrens Activities in Burlington Park

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arts & Crafts Fair in Burlington Park

1 p.m.: West Suburban Concert Band performs

More than 60 groups are ready to march through the heart of Hinsdale in the annual hometown Fourth of July parade.

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. July 4, from the intersection of Sixth and Garfield streets.

There will be no grand marshal, unlike last year when Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville holding the Stanley Cup led the parade atop a fire truck, but there will still be plenty to cheer about.

Marching bands from Hinsdale Central and Leyden high schools will entertain the crowd, along with Harvey the Clown and stiltwalker Tim Balstar, dressed up as a 10-foot Uncle Sam.

Members of the Veterans Reserve Corp, American Legion Post 250, the Stanford Battery Artillery Unit, the U.S. Coast Guard and other veterans groups will bring the spirit of military service to the event.

Floats from the Hinsdale Public Library, the Hinsdale Humane Society and the Hinsdale Swim Club, among other groups, will fill the Independence Day parade ranks.

The parade will go north on Garfield to First Street, then turn west on First to Grant Street. The parade turns back south on Grant and ends at Sixth and Grant.

Once the parade ends, head toward Burlington Park, where the turtle races begin, or as master of ceremonies Greg Donnelly likes to say, “the most exciting six feet in all of sports.”

No registration is required, just line up on Chicago Avenue where an Astroturf track will be set out. Live turtles are provided and trophies awarded. The races are sponsored by the Rotary Club of Hinsdale.

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Fourth of July Activities

10 a.m.: Parade starts from Sixth and Garfield streets, Hinsdale

After the parade (about 11 a.m.): Turtle Races on Chicago Avenue in front of Memorial Hall

11 a.m. to 3 p.m.: Childrens Activities in Burlington Park

11 a.m. to 4 p.m.: Arts & Crafts Fair in Burlington Park

1 p.m.: West Suburban Concert Band performs

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