As local activities begin to return this summer, Kankakee and Iroquois counties present several 4th of July events in Aroma Park, Wilmington, Watseka, Kankakee, and Peotone.

The following events are scheduled:

Cheeseburgers & Fireworks

The Aroma Park Boat Club will host Cheeseburgers & Fireworks on July 2. Food will be available starting at 5 p.m. with a 9:30 p.m. fireworks show. Additionally, at 7 p.m., the South Side Social Club will be performing.

Wilmington fireworks

At 8:30 p.m. July 2, the City of Wilmington will be hosting a fireworks show to kickoff Independence Day weekend. The fireworks show is free to the public and will be held at North Island Park, at IL-53 and North Park Street, Wilmington.

Watseka Fireworks and parade

There will be fireworks at dusk on July 2. The parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3. The parade route will proceed south on Belmont Avenue, turn west on Fairman Avenue, north on Fourth Street, east on Cherry Street, south on Fifth Street, east on Lincoln Avenue, south on Belmont Avenue, ending at the Watseka Community High School.

Kankakee Fourth of July fireworks & live music 

The City of Kankakee will again offer the annual Fourth of July fireworks show with live music on July 4.

The event will be at Kankakee Community College, 100 College Drive, and gates will open at 4 p.m. The price of admission is $20 per carload.

The Independence Day event will feature live music from the Kankakee Valley Symphony and its Youth Orchestra as well as the Kankakee Municipal Band. Organizers say this is a family-friendly event for all ages. Chairs are allowed to be brought in. 

Will County Fairgrounds July 4 laser show

At 9 p.m. July 4, there will be a special drive-thru laser show at the Will County Fairgrounds, 710 S. West St., Peotone. This is part of the summer-long Cabin Fever Laser Show series that includes music set to lasers with special effects and visual choreography.

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