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Ready to celebrate the Fourth of July red, white and blue style

Independence Day celebrations get an early start in the Burr Ridge area, with celebrations July 3 in town and at the Pleasant Dale Park District, and parades nearby on the Fourth of July.

Burr Ridge

The Pleasant Dale Park District hosts a family event starting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday including food vendors selling pizza, hot dogs, nachos, funnel cakes and sno-cones in Walker Park, 7425 Wolf Road.

Boy Scout Troop 69 will organize parking on the soccer fields for $5.

Fireworks will be held at dusk.

Darien

Darien will hold its annual Fourth of July parade, but with a different route due to construction on 75th Street.

The parade begins at 9:30 a.m. Friday and will start from the Jewel parking lot at 75th and Cass. The parade will proceed north on Cass to 71st Street, then east to Clarendon Hills Road, and finally south to Hinsdale South High School.

Hinsdale

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.

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.

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 (about 11 a.m.), or as master of ceremonies Greg Donnelly likes to say, “the most exciting 6 feet in all of sports.”

Beginning at 11 a.m., there will be children’s activities and an arts & craft fair in Burlington Park, where the West Suburban Concert Band will perform at 1 p.m.

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