KIRKLAND, Ill. — The Kirkland Lions Club will hold its 64th consecutive Fourth of July Celebration Saturday, June 30, through Wednesday, July 4. This is the oldest continuous Fourth of July celebration in Illinois. All proceeds from this event will go to the Lions’ charitable work throughout the year.
This festival includes carnival rides by Big M Amusements, bingo, arts and crafts, and a flea market as well as free entertainment and stage shows. Enjoy a beer garden throughout the four days. Each day is full of activities to entertain both young and old, with many changes and additions for this year.
Schedule for festivities is as follows:
Saturday, June 30, the Kirkland Methodist Church will serve a breakfast from 7 to 10:30 a.m. at the church. The Car and Truck Show registration will begin at 8 a.m. with trophies to be awarded to the winning cars and trucks at 2:30 p.m. This vehicle show has grown over the years and always has some high-quality autos on display. The Beer Garden will open at noon and close at midnight.
Free entertainment starts at noon on the Park Stage with Jung’s TaeKwonDo Academy giving a demonstration, followed by Sandy Sylver’s ventriloquist act at 1 p.m. The Kirkland Fire Department will host water fights starting at 2 p.m., with fire departments from around the area competing for trophies.
Summerfield Zoo will have an animal presentation at 2 p.m., followed by the Hiawatha Pep Band at 3 p.m. Also at 3, there will be a Baggo Tourney in the Beer Garden.
Entertainment continues in the park with the Kirkland Police Department, who will put on a Fatal Vision demonstration; the K-9 unit will also exhibit the talent and discipline of the German shepherds as they perform their police duties.
At 5 p.m., the Hiawatha Jazz Band will entertain the crowd. For those wishing to enjoy the carnival, a one-price unlimited ride wristband night will run from 6 to 10 p.m.
At 7 p.m., don’t miss the crowning of Ms. Fourth of July. The candidates for this year’s queen are: freshman — Casey Martinez; sophomore — Hannah Haak; junior — Jamie Hall; seniors — Lauren Keneway and Jessica Campbell. The Beer Garden will have country music on stage with the Back Country Road Band playing from 8 p.m. to midnight. This band has played at Country Thunder and opened for Phil Vasse and Darryl Worley.
Sunday, July 1, a Tractor Show opens at 8 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. All other activities open for the day at noon, including the lunch stand, flea market and the carnival. Bingo begins at 2 p.m. Numerous acts will provide free entertainment throughout the day on the Park Stage. Arthur Murry Dance Studio will be on stage at noon, then Storytime with Emily at 1 p.m., and “Bellydancing by Daryea” at 2 p.m. From 3-5 p.m., see Native American dancing and drums, providing both an educational experience and entertainment. Last act on the Park Stage will be “The Magic of Brian Holt” using his sleight of hand. Then catch another Baggo Tourney in the Beer Garden at 2 p.m. The band Destination Unknown will entertain from 6-9 p.m., playing a variety of country music in the Beer Garden.
Because the Fourth of July is on Wednesday and most will have to work, there will be a delay in the action Monday, July 2. The action returns Tuesday, July 3, at 5 p.m., with the festival’s activities and carnival opening again. Once again, there will be free entertainment on the Park Stage with “Kyler the Magic Man” at 5 p.m. and the Time of Worship Band playing from 6-8 p.m. Looking for a bargain on the rides? Once again, take advantage of the wristband night from 6-10 p.m. The Beer Garden will rock Kirkland from 8 p.m. to midnight with a local favorite, Shuvlhed. They bring a high-energy act that always delivers and rocks those in attendance.
Wednesday, July 4, the day begins with a pancake breakfast in the park from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. The parade starts at 11 a.m. and features floats, bands, Shriner units, old cars, clowns and more. Immediately following will be the pork chop barbecue served in the park.
The Beer Garden will have entertainment starting at noon with the band Enroute playing live music. Hiawatha Schools will have an open house from 1:30 to 6:30 p.m.
On the Park Stage, free entertainment starts at 1 p.m. with “Excited by Science,” which offers a wonderful program that is both entertaining and educational. At 2 p.m., catch the “Aloha Hula Girls Polynesian Show”. At 3 p.m., see a reprise of “The Magic of Brian Holt.” Pedal Pulls for the youngsters will take place at 4 p.m. in the middle of the park for those wanting to show off their strength and determination.
At 5 p.m., see “Lewis Dance Progressions” followed at 6 p.m. with The Couch Coins Band. The Blooze Brothers will perform from 6 to 9 p.m. Topping off the celebration will be the giant fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. The winners of the raffle drawing will be announced in the park after the fireworks.
From the June 27-July 3, 2012, issue