Top 5 activities for this Fourth of July

Fourth of July is one of the biggest days for celebration all year. Between fireworks, parades and BBQs, there are plenty of things to do! Here are a few fun things you should check out this Friday.

1. The annual Fourth of July Parade

This is one Bloomington festivity you won’t want to miss.  Right before the parade, there will be a concert at the Courthouse Square at 9 a.m. featuring local musicians. The parade will begin at 10 a.m. The parade route starts on the intersection of Indiana Avenue and Seventh Street and will end at Kirkwood Avenue. After the parade, there will be parade awards on the Courthouse Square.

2. Miller Park

The annual Sky Concert at Miller Park will be full of family fun this Fourth of July. The Splash Pad opens at 10 a.m. and the playground is a great place for siblings and kids to run free. Mini Golf is also available and Miller Park Zoo will be open until 6 p.m. Fireworks in Miller Park start at 9:15 p.m. and will be set to music on WJCB radio station.

3. Fairview Family Aquatic Center

An early bird swim will take place at the pool from 9-10:30 a.m. where adults 16 and up are just $1 and children 15 and under are free! Fairview will supply cake, ice cream and fun giveaways. A concert featuring the “Bygones” starts at 6 p.m. before the fireworks show at 9:15 p.m.

4. Naperville Ribfest

Now I know Naperville is a bit of a long haul for you townies. However, the festival, held July 3-6, is worth the trip and great for those suburban college students back home for the summer. Ribfest is a fun-filled weekend of food, live music and activities. General admission tickets are $15 at the gate. This year, the up-and-coming country band “Love and Theft” will perform at 6:30 p.m.

5. Navy Pier in Chicago

This Chicago landmark will hold its famous annual firework display on the Fourth at 9:30 p.m. Those of you You city goers can enjoy the view of Lake Michigan and the city lights with an amazing Fourth of July experience on the Pier.

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