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178. Barrington 4th of July Week Brat Tent Festivities at a Glance

178. Barrington 4th of July Week Brat Tent Festivities at a Glance

Home Newsroom 178. Barrington 4th of July Week Brat Tent Festivities at a Glance

The Barrington Lions Club has announced the lineup for this year’s Barrington Fourth of July Brat Tent festivities this week on July 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  The best part is that the holiday weekend forecast appears to be loaded with stars, stripes AND sunshine!

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So you can catch the Barrington Lions Club Brat Tent festivities that are just right for your family, we put together the timeline for you to review at a glance…


Thursday, July 2nd

(Tent Schedule – 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.)

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Gate Opens
  • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Bingo games to be played at 11:30am & 12:45pm
  • 11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
    Living60010 Patriotic Photo Booth
  • 1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    25′ Rock Wall & Eurobungee
  • 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Making Faces Chicago by Margie
  • 2 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.
    Frank Birdsall – Cyclist Extraordinaire
  • 2 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Battle House Laser Combat
  • 2:30 p.m.
    Visit From SPARKY the Fire Dog
  • 3:45 to 6 p.m.
    Frank Birdsall – Balloon Designs
  • 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Alex and the All Stars (Presented by Onion Pub & Brewery)
  • 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Sixteen Candles (Presented by Wickstrom Ford Auto Group)

Sixteen Candles Band - 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 5th, at the Barrington 4th of July Brat Tent


Friday, July 3rd

(Tent Schedule – 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.)

  • 11:00 a.m.
    Gate Opens
  • 11:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
    Barrington Greets Great Lake Naval Academy Sailors at the “Main Gate” off of Spring Street (Courtesy of Barrington Transportation Company)
  • 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Hands on activities/displays/community outreach opportunities:

    Toys for Tots – Drop off a toy & enter a raffle to WIN a 5′ tree from Barn Nursery * Living60010 Patriotic Photo Booth * Heart of the Marine – Chuck-A-Duck contest @ 5p & 8p * Barrington Honor Ride & Run – Baggo Games * Brave Heart Therapeutic Riding Center * 100 Club of Chicago – Safety Demonstration * Northern Illinois Special Recreation Association * USS Illinois – Display * LBS Veterans WWII/Korean War/Vietnam – Display * Vietnam Social Force 5th Group Displays * WWII Model Airplanes * Harley Davidson – City Limits support to Wounded Warrior Program – Test Drive Jump Start * A Touch of the Amish – Creating a Valor Quilt…come help us SEW * Send a Soldier a “Care Package & Note of Appreciation” * Benfold Division, Sea Cadets * Great Lakes Navy Museum * USS Illinois Display – Minnow Races * Veterans R&R – Sponsor a Flag to aid research for PTSD * 509th Parachute Infantry Display
  • 12:00 p.m. to 3 p.m.
    Making Faces Chicago by Margie
  • 12:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Battle House Laser Combat
  • 12:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Trackless Train Rides, Eurobungee & 25′ Rockwall
  • 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    Visit from SPARKY the Fire Dog
  • 2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
    Frozen T-Shirt Contest presented by Motorwerks of Barrington
  • 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Sons of Bildor (Presented by Dave & Katy Pepper)
  • 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Honor Ceremony:

    Rolling Thunder Illinois – Chapter 2 – Honor Ride * Color Guard presentation by the Benfold Division, Sea Cadets * National Anthem performed by Clare McLaughlin * Remembrance Table Ceremony narrated by Wayne Kirkpatrick, Chairman of Rolling Thunder Illinois – Chapter 2 * Battle Hymn of the Republic performed by Premium Blend BHS Acapella Group
  • 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
    Create your very own military “Dog Tag”
  • 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
    Special Performance by Ron Hawking – Honoring Those in Uniform (Presented by Lake Cook Orthopedic)
  • 8:30 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.
    Camile & Tangled Heart (Presented by Doering Landscape)
Camille & Tangled Heart
Camille & Tangled Heart

Saturday, July 4th

(Tent Schedule – 11 AM – 11:30 PM)

10:00 a.m.
Festival gate opens
10:00 a.m.
Fourth Of July Parade: “Barrington Through The Decades”Get more details on the parade website: BarringtonParade.com
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Barrington Community Band
At Dusk
Barrington Bank & Trust Fireworks at Barrington High School


You’ll find the Brat Tent set up at 201 Spring Street in the north commuter parking lot at Barrington’s Metra Station.  There will be tickets sold so you can purchase food, snacks, beer and wine.

This year’s food includes:

BBQ Pork Sandwich (4 tickets) * Brat / Italian Sausage (3 tickets) * Chicken Sandwich (3 tickets) * Hot Dog (2 tickets) * Hamburgers (3 tickets) * Guinness Flavored Brats (3 tickets) * Nachos & Cheese (3 tickets) * Popcorn (2 tickets) * Chips / Pretzels (1 ticket) * Gatorade (2 tickets) * Pepsi (1 ticket) * Water (1 ticket) * Ice Cream Bars = 1 ticket

This year’s beverages include:

Onion Brewery Micro-brews (5 tickets) * Mike’s Hard Lemonade (5 tickets) * Wine (5 tickets) * Heineken (5 tickets) * Leinenkugel Summer Shandy (5 tickets) * Miller Beer (4 tickets)

Photo by Bob lee
Photo by Bob lee

Admission is FREE during Brat Tent Daytime Hours. Evening admission starts at 5 p.m., after which time admission is free for those age 17 and under while and the cost for adults is $5. The Fourth of July Barrington Lions Club Brat Tent Festival is 100% volunteer based and 100% of ALL proceeds go to Barrington area charities and will support various Lions Club activities, including:

Sight and hearing Bus * Eye testing and Glasses * High School Scholarships * Scout Troop Support * Scout Troop Scholarships * Leo’s Club * Camp Lion and Hospice.

For a look back at 2014’s Barrington Brat Tent and what’s in store for this week, enjoy our VIDEO highlights and photos (below) from last year.

Keep in mind that 75 sailors from the Great Lakes Naval Academy will be returning to take part in the Brat Tent festivities on July 3rd.  The “Tribute Tent – Honoring Those In Uniform” will host many new organizations desiring to share history, community outreach, and activities honoring those who serve our country.  The Tribute Tent will also include displays from WWI, WWII, Korean War & Vietnam courtesy of the Veterans of Lake Barrington Shores , the 509th Parachute Infantry, Vietnam Special Force 5th Group and the Great Lakes Naval Museum.

Barrington 4th of July Brat Tent - Photographed by Bob lee
Barrington 4th of July Brat Tent – Photographed by Bob lee

Another highlight from this year’s Tribute Tent will be Toys for Tots’ Christmas in July campaign!  From 12 to 5 p.m. on July 3rd, they will be collecting new, unwrapped toys to distribute to children in our area who might not otherwise receive gifts this Christmas.  Barn Nursery & Landscape Company has provided the Barrington Lions Club with a 5′ pine tree that will be delivered and planted anywhere within zip code 60010. This tree will be raffled off to anyone who drops off a gift throughout the afternoon at the “Toys For Tots” booth (located inside the Brat Tent area). This tree will become a symbol how ONE TOY can change a child’s life.  Learning Express has also provided an assortment of toys that can be purchased and donated on-site for those not having the ability to stop by a store prior to attending the Brat Tent.

For more information about this year’s festivities, visit TheBratTent.com or BarringtonParade.com.

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