Annual 5k run/walk first of many Independence Day activities at Hopkins Park


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The dance will take place in the Hopkins Park Terrace Room, located at 1403 Sycamore Road. Masks are required while indoors.

By Jamie O'Toole, Columnist

DeKALB — Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, will host their annual Independence Day 5K Run/Walk at 7:30 a.m. Sunday. Attendees are encouraged to wear red, white and blue.

The fee to participate in the 5K is $25 and includes a race bag with a bib, participation medal and an Independence Day 5K t-shirt, according to the DeKalb County Website

Registration for the 5K can be completed online at or by Thursday, according to the DeKalb County Website. On-site race day registration is accepted, but a race bag is not guaranteed. 

The results of the 5K and medals will be administered after the last runner returns, or no later than 10 a.m, and will be distributed electronically, according to the DeKalb County Website

“Both the Independence Day 5K and the fireworks are an annual tradition here at Hopkins Park in DeKalb. It’s (existed) more than 50 years now,” Drum said. 

Festivities are set to include food vendors such as Big D’s Hot Dogs, Papa Johns and the Cream King from 3-9 p.m. and a DJ from 3-7 p.m., according to a June 28 email from Katie Drum, Hopkins Park marketing coordinator. There will also be a firework show 30 minutes after sunset.

The DeKalb Municipal Band will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., according to the email. The DeKalb Municipal Band has become known as the longest continuous playing band in Illinois, according to the band’s website