1. It's Independence Day in Hinsdale! The annual parade begins at 10 a.m. and marches through downtown before the Family Festival takes place at beginning at 11 a.m. .
2. Events begin later in Clarendon Hills. That town's Summer Family Festival begins at 7 p.m. and runs until 9 p.m., right around the time fireworks at start. .
3. Before Clarendon Hills' Summer Family Festival is the third installment of the village's Dancin' in the Street concert series. Sorry for Partying will take the stage at 6:30 p.m. and finish in time to see the fireworks.
4. Weather-wise, the holiday will be a scorcher. Skies will be mostly sunny, the high temperature will reach 99 degrees, and heat index values are expected to hit 103, according to the National Weather Service. There's a slight chance of thunderstorms after 4 p.m. Wednesday night, the 20 percent chance of precipitation sticks around and the low will fall to 76 degrees.
5. This morning on Patch is a story about over the next three years.