Kevin James plays on stage with the Yellowhammers as the group performs during last year's American Music Festival at Fitzgerald's.Photo by J. Geil/Staff Photographer

FitzGerald’s American Music Festival

There will be no shortage of live music this weekend at FitzGerald’s Night Club, 6615 Roosevelt in Berwyn, as it’s hosting the 31st Annual American Music Festival July 1-3. With over 33 bands on three different stages, there’s music for everyone, not to mention the Cajun/American BBQ fare available as well. Children 12 and under are welcome until 9 p.m. for $5 each, and adult tickets are $30/daily or $75 for a 3-day pass, available at Ticketweb. Doors open 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 1 and 12 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3. For more information, visit

Bushwood Ribfest

Those looking for their fix of finger lickin’ barbecue should head over to the Bushwood Ribfest at the Bushwood Golf Practice Center, 30 W. Madison in Maywood. The festival premieres Friday, July 1 from 3-11 p.m., continuing on Saturday and Sunday from noon-11 p.m., and concluding Monday, July 4, from noon-8 p.m. General admission is just $5 a person with an additional cost for food, drinks, and arts and crafts. So bring the whole family and enjoy this inaugural event. For more information, call 773-868-3010.

4th of July Festivities

Finally, reign in this July 4 weekend with the 4th of July parade in the morning and the fireworks display in the evening. The parade begins at 10 a.m. from Longfellow Park, at the intersection of Ridgeland and Adams. Then, march north on Ridgeland to Augusta, and then turn east before dispersing near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue. Following that, for a scintillating fireworks display, come over to the Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville, for the show beginning at dusk.

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