Here is a listing of July 4 activities in the south suburbs:

Beecher

Festivities at Firemen's Park, 673 Penfield St., are from 6 p.m. to midnight July 3; noon to midnight July 4 with a parade at 4 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.; 6 p.m. to midnight July 5 and noon to midnight July 6. Details at www.villageofbeecher.org.

Calumet City

Freedom's Eve event starting at 5 p.m. July 3 at Thornton Fractional North High School, 755 Pulaski Road. Children's carnival, three musical acts followed by fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Chicago Heights

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. July 3 with a DJ followed by live entertainment at 7 p.m. and fireworks at dusk at the north field at Bloom High School, 101 W. 10th St.

Glenwood

July 4 fireworks at dusk at Glenwoodie Golf Course, 19301 S. State St.

Homewood

Run for Freedom is at 8 a.m. July 4 at the Lion's Club Pool parking lot at 1041 Ridge Road. Parade begins at 11 a.m. July 4 at 17951 Dixie Highway and goes down Ridge Road to the Izaak Walton Preserve, 1100 Ridge Road, for the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's Family Fun Fest.

Lansing

Grand Ole Fourth begins at 5:45 p.m. July 4 with children's games at Lan-Oak Park, 178th Street and Arcadia Avenue. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.

Sauk Village

Festivities on July 6 begin with a 1 p.m. parade, lineup starts at 11 a.m. at Jeffrey and Sauk Trail. Immediately following the parade, at the Municipal Center, 21801 Torrence Ave., there will be a memorial service at the veterans memorial, parade awards, food and other vendors, games and other activities until 9 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.

South Holland

July 4 event begins at 10 a.m. with a Rib Fest contest at Veterans Park, 160th Place and South Park Avenue. Food and children's games followed by fireworks at dusk.

Thornton

July 4 fireworks at dusk at Hubbard Park, Margaret and Hubbard streets.

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Jeanette is a journalist with The Times Media Co. who has worked as both a reporter and editor. She has a master's degree in public affairs reporting from the University of Illinois at Springfield.