Grab your red, white and blue and join the crowd along Dole Avenue in watching the 4th of July Parade.
Anxious parade watchers began staking off viewing spots with "caution tape" days ago. At least 80 parade entries have signed up for this year's Independence Day march, scheduled to step off at 1 p.m. from the Crystal Lake City Hall, 100 W. Woodstock St., Crystal Lake.
Floats, bands, performers and other parade marchers will begin gathering at city hall in the morning to prepare for the annual showstopper. The route leads from Woodstock Street south on Dole Avenue and ends at the Dole Mansion, where the 33rd Annual Lakeside Festival is ongoing.
Fireworks over Crystal Lake
Lack of precipitation has created concerns in some communities regarding traditional fireworks shows. However, the fireworks in Crystal Lake will be shot off over the lake. Spectators can watch from Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Dr., Crystal Lake.
Food and beverage concessions will be sold at Main Beach. Live musical entertainment by "Voices in Harmony" and the Crystal Lake Community Band also is scheduled.
Some residents prefer to watch the colorful display from nearby grassy areas, parks and school parking lots. Those folks watching the show from Main Beach must pay a $2 admission fee after 3 p.m.
Prior to 3 p.m., the Crystal Lake Park District's regular daily admission fees apply for resident and non-resident beach-goers.