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About Founders' Days

The Founders’ Days Festival began in 1961 with a group of local businessmen who wanted to celebrate their community. Fifty-eight years later that tradition continues. Every year a group of dedicated volunteers work to bring families, friends and neighbors together to enjoy a family-friendly four day event, with something for everyone including: Great music, Food, Carnival, Kids Korner, Outdoor Business Expo, Family Olympics, one of the longest standing parades in the state. The Fest concludes with Algonquin's Founders' Days Fireworks Spectacular.

Founders' Days is an independent social club that began the festival in 1961. There have been many individuals volunteers over the years who have given selflessly to bring Algonquin a great celebration each year. As the years have changed so has the festival, though we continue to be a self-sustaining festival without financial assistance from tax dollars. Every dollar raised brings the festival to life and is used to fund the next year. Everything you see and experience through the festival is generously provided to the community by local businesses and individuals that recognize the value of our community. Ready to make a difference? Ready to volunteer? The Founders’ meetings are held the last Monday of the month, except August & December.

Call or email us for location. Hotline 847-242-1589 email: info@algonquinfoundersdays.com

Where

SPELLA PARK

2610 Harnish Dr.

Algonquin, IL

FEST OPENS

Thursday, July 25, 2019 (04:00 PM to 10:00 PM)

Friday, July 26, 2019 (04:00 PM to 11:00 PM)

Saturday, July 27, 2019 (02:00 PM to 11:00 PM)(Parade @ 11AM)

Sunday, July 28, 2019 (09:00 AM to 10:00 PM) (Fireworks @ 9:15PM)

Main Stage - Thursday Night
Rockin' Island Night
July 25

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New Age Americans

Cover Rock Band

Thursday 6:15PM

New Age Americans

Cover Rock Band

Thursday 6:15PM

Band Members
Tyler Hodgett
Jake Smith
Axel
Kieren Schoaf

New Age Americans - An alternative rock band from the western suburbs of Chicago, IL. These four teens rock original music & cover all your favs

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Pirates Over 40

Jimmy Buffett / Island Music

Thursday - 7:30PM

Pirate's Over 40

Jimmy Buffett / Island Music

Thursday 7:30PM

Since 1999 "Pirates Over 40" have been entertaining audiences throughout the Midwest with fun and energetic renditions of your tropical favorites including Jimmy Buffett, punctuated with an eclectic mix of classic rock and oldies - all performed in our own unique tropical flavored style. From festivals to private parties, corporate events to neighborhood clubs, Pirates Over 40 are sure to deliver a fun-filled atmosphere of a tropical getaway.

Main Stage - Friday
Rockin' Country Night
July 26

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BRASS BUCKLE BAND

Country Hits

Friday 5PM

BRASS BUCKLE BAND

Country Hits

Friday 5PM

Taking this genre to an entire new level, Brass Buckle Band is Chicagoland’s premier country-rock band! Young, highly energetic and very talented, this group of musicians with years of musical experience put this band at the top of their league! Inspired and compared to the likes of major touring acts such as Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Eric Chruch, Toby Keith and many others, they come to do one thing......get you off your seat to rock the night away! Brass Buckle Band is not just any live concert; it is a live musical experience! Get ready for an explosive event that will keep you coming back shouting for more!

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FEUDIN' HILLBILLYS

Southern IL True Country Rockin'

Friday 7PM

FEUDIN' HILLBILLYS

Southern IL True Country Rockin'

Friday 7PM

The Feudin' Hillbillys have been entertaining by the thousands all across the Midwest for the last 12 years. They have performed with such artists as: Luke Bryan (twice), Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line, Cole Swindell, and over 19 of the industry's finest artists, headlined arenas, filled the center of a shopping mall, and look forward to you experiencing their high energy show. Buckle up for a ride with The Feudin' Hillbillys.

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HILLBILLY ROCKSTARZ

Chicagoland's Premier Country Band

Friday Headliner 9PM

HILLBILLY ROCKSTARZ

Chicagoland's Premier Country Band

Friday Headliner 9PM

Hillbilly Rockstarz are Chicago's very own country super group, specializing in covering the latest hits in country music, along with many of your classic favorites, The band is always true to the original recording, so they always gotcha covered. Each member of the band shares one thing in common, the desire to perform an entertaining and fun show, full of radio friendly country music, Their show always promote's a good time. Country Music fans love the connection the hillbillyz have with their audience and their connection is second to none. A Good time's show is what they guarantee and they deliver. Many bands are trying to emulate the Hillbilly Rockstarz show, but as the fans can attest, there's only one Hillbilly show and they are second to none. They perform all the top hitz found on Todays country radio week after week, mixing up the show with all your favorites. Hillbillyz will hit y'all with some Blake Shelton, Little big town then Miranda Lambert, Darius Rucker- Into some country rockin' Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line.

Main Stage - Saturday
90'S Night & You
July 27

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ROCK BAND KARAOKE

You Sing Karaoke with a LIVE BAND

Saturday 2:30PM

SONG LIST SONG SLIP

ROCK BAND KARAOKE

You Sing Karaoke with a LIVE BAND

Saturday 2:30PM

SONG LIST SONG SLIP

Rock Band Karaoke. The name says it all. Karaoke with a LIVE BAND. Combining the silly fun of karaoke with the energy of a live rock band. Live Band Karaoke allows anyone to fulfill their rock and roll fantasy.

Singing is only half the fun! Watching others performing their unique renditions of rock's greatest songs also contribute to the hilarity. Some singers really belt out the tunes, while others make up for a lack of singing ability with rowdy stage presence. Either way, the irony and humor work on many levels as the band rocks out the songs true to the original recording. Band members can also contribute as back up vocalists and help out with forgotten lyrics.

Rock Band Karaoke provides scrolling lyrics for any song on the list. There are tons of songs to choose from providing something for everyone.

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YOURZ TRULY

Pop, Rock, Modern Country

Saturday 5PM

YOURZ TRULY

Pop, Rock, Modern Country

Saturday 5PM

Yourz Truly hails out of Elgin, IL. This four member band has been rocking Chicago and the surrounding suburbs for years. They hit the stage with a vengeance playing a taste of everything from, Pop, Rock and Modern Country. Yourz Truly’s musical talents and spot on vocals will have you on your feet partying from the first note until the end of the night!​

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TOO FIGHTERS

Ultimate Foo Fighters Tribute Band

Saturday 7PM

TOO FIGHTERS

Ultimate Foo Fighters Tribute Band

Saturday 7PM

Description Not Needed...It's the Foo Fighters...what else do you need?

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FOOL HOUSE

ULTIMATE 90'S COVER BAND

Saturday Headliner 9PM

FOOL HOUSE

ULTIMATE 90'S COVER BAND

Saturday Headliner 9PM

Nonstop sing alongs, party throwbacks and choreographed dance moves is what this show is all about! Come prepared to sing your heart out and dance all night long! Fool House is THE ULTIMATE 90's DANCE PARTY! Prepare to go back to the golden era of boy bands, pop stars, hip hop, and pop punk.

Main Stage - Sunday
NO GATE FEE & FOUNDERS' FIREWORKS
July 28

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WHISKEY ROAD

"Crossroads" Rock

Sunday 1:30PM

WHISKEY ROAD

"Crossroads" Rock

Sunday 1:30PM

Whiskey Road has been bringing their unique blend of rock and country to stages thruout the Midwest since 1999. Dubbed "Crossroads" rock, the band prides itself on mixing arena style rock with current and classic country hits!!With 3 lead vocalists and some of Chicago's finest musicians, Whiskey Road covers crowd pleasing hits from Journey, Rascall Flatts, The Eagles, Miranda Lambert, Aerosmith, Carrie Underwood, and Lynyrd Skynyrd just to name a few!!!

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WALL OF DENIAL

STEVIE RAY VAUGHN TRIBUTE

Sunday 3:30PM

WALL OF DENIAL

STEVIE RAY VAUGHN TRIBUTE

Sunday 3:30PM

In 2011 Wall of Denial was formed after performing Stevie Ray Vaughan's music at shows, combined with other blues music, but the Stevie Ray Vaughan music is what really captured the audiences. The band continued to build a fan base even before it established the tribute to Stevie Ray Vaughan, but the tribute is what the fans wanted most. The fan base continues to grow larger and the band now has worldwide interest. The band members have also had many years performing Stevie Ray Vaughan's music. Especially Gary Stratton, who has performed Stevie's music for over 20 years and looks, sounds and plays just like the master himself. The next best thing to bringing SRV back from the dead.

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JIMMY NICK & DON'T TELL MAMA

Blues & Rock

Sunday 5:30PM

JIMMY NICK & DON'T TELL MAMA

Blues & Rock

Sunday 5:30PM

Jimmy Nick is an old-fashioned, guitar slinging blues prodigy who spent his teenage years being schooled by legendary bluesmen in the famous Chicago clubs of Kingston Mines, Rosa’s Lounge, and B.L.U.E.S. on Halsted.

Over the last year Jimmy has recorded his first live album for a full house at The Raue Center for the Performing Arts, performed over 200 shows*, advanced to the semifinals at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, as well as headlined at Buddy Guy’s Legends, and B.L.U.E.S on Halstead. Most recently, he was featured on the WGN Morning News.

In addition, Jimmy has opened for the legendary Eddie Shaw, Bobby Rush, Toronzo Canon, Dick Dale, The Mike Wheeler Band and performed at SXSW. Jimmy has sold over 1,500 copies of his 3rd studio album –Rare Breed, which features Eddie Shaw performing with Jimmy on his original blues tune “Greedy Man”.

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Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band

Non Corporate Rock N Roll

Sunday Headliner 7:30PM

Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band

Non Corporate Rock N Roll

Sunday Headliner 7:30PM

Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band Headlines the Algonquin Founders Days. Bring your friends and family for what promises to be a fun filled night of celebration and music. Live tube driven guitar solos will flow down the Fox River like shooting stars and everything will be most excellent! NO CORPORATE RADIO BASTARDS ALLOWED

You've heard the Fox Rocker song and Mr. Capone's screaming guitar licks all over the Chicago airwaves on 103.9 The Fox and now you can watch it all happen live. "The band and I are super excited to be joining you for this cool event.. and we have worked out some whickedly cool tunes especially for this show that I know you'll really like. THIS IS IT! Let's PARTY!" - pc

Mr. Capone's Bootlegger Band features the outstanding musicianship and talent of Chicago area veterans who all donate their time and skill in order to benefit worthy causes like the Algonquin Founders Days.

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FOUNDERS' FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

SPELLA PARK

Sunday 9:15PM

FOUNDERS' FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA

SPELLA PARK

Sunday 9:15PM

The Village of Algonquin has notifed us that due to the construction that is planned to take place along our normal Fireworks spot on the river we will be moving the fireworks this year out to Spella Park where the festival site is. We will NOT be charging any gate fees all day Sunday and you are free to join us early to reserve your spot in the park. Get there early and stake out your area. NO COOLERS OR OUTSIDE DRINKS WILL BE ALLOWED

SPELLA PARK

2610 Harnish Dr, Algonquin, IL

July 25 - 28, 2019

VIP Passes Available

15 Food Vendors

The Taste of Algonquin

Event Schedule

BEST VIEWED IN LANDSCAPE / SIDEWAYS ON YOUR PHONE.
We are putting together the best line up of food, entertainment, games, and more for you and the entire family to enjoy.

EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
CARDBOARD BOAT REGATTA - CANCELLED THIS YEAR CANCELLED CANCELLED
CARNIVAL FOR SPECIAL NEEDS w/ Wristbands 4PM - 6PM VOLUNTEER
SPELLA PARK OPENS 4PM VOLUNTEER
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 5PM - 9:30PM VOLUNTEER
VIP AREA OPENS 5PM
TASTE OF FOUNDERS' 5PM
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 5PM
CARNIVAL FOR ALL ($25 WRISTBANDS) 6PM
OPENING CEREMONIES 7PM
NEW AGE AMERICANS 6:00-6:45PM
PIRATES OVER 40 7:30-9:00PM
SOCIAL GARDEN LAST CALL 9:30PM
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 10PM
EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
SPELLA PARK OPENS 4PM
CARNIVAL OPENS (REGULAR PRICES) 4PM
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 5PM
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 5PM VOLUNTEER
VIP AREA OPENS 5PM
BRASS BUCKLE BAND 5-6:30PM
FEUDIN' HILLBILLYS 7-8:30PM
HILLBILLY ROCKSTARZ 9-10:30PM
SOCIAL GARDEN LAST CALL 10:30PM
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 11PM
EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
CAR SHOW - SPELLA PARK 10AM-2PM
FOUNDERS' HONORS AMERICAN HEROES PARADE 11AM PACKET
FOUNDERS DAYS OPENS 2PM VOLUNTEER
TASTE OF FOUNDERS 2PM
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 2PM VOLUNTEER
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 2PM
VIP AREA OPENS 2PM GET VIP
CARNIVAL WRISTBANDS ($25) 2PM-6PM
ROCK BAND KARAOKE(YOU SING LIVE) 2:30PM REGISTER
SONG LIST
BAGS TOURNEY 3PM
PARADE AWARDS ANNOUNCED 4:30 PM
YOURZ TRULY (80'S, 90'S COVERS) 5PM
CARNIVAL REGULAR PRICES 6PM
TOO FIGHTERS (FOO FIGHTERS TRIBUTE) 7PM
FOOL HOUSE (90'S COVERS) 9PM
SOCIAL GARDEN LAST CALL 10:30PM
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 11PM
EVENT STARTS AT QUICK LINK
BOY SCOUT TROOP 152 PANCAKE BREAKFAST 9AM VOLUNTEER
FOUNDERS' RUN CHECK IN 7AM VOLUNTEER
FOUNDERS' RUN 1 MILE 8AM REGISTER
RACE MAP
FOUNDERS' RUN 10K, 5K 8:30 AM REGISTER
10K RACE MAP
5K RACE MAP
FOUNDERS' 5K WALK 8:40 AM REGISTER
RACE MAP
BUSINESS EXPO MARKET & BAZAAR 9AM-3PM SIGN UP
ANIMAL RESCUE 10AM
MEIJER KIDS KORNER 10AM-3PM
COMPASSIONATE DENTAL CHILDREN'S GAMES 10AM-3PM
BAKE OFF REGISTRATION 11AM FLYER
REGISTER
BAKE OFF JUDGING 12PM VOLUNTEER
TASTE OF FOUNDERS' 11AM
SOCIAL GARDEN OPENS 11AM VOLUNTEER
DESIGNATED DRIVER PROGRAM 11AM
VIP AREA OPENS 11AM
CARNIVAL OPENS FOR ALL 12PM
ICE CREAM EATING CONTEST 12:30PM
LIFELINE CHRISTIAN CHURCH FAMILY OLYMPICS 1:30 PM VOLUNTEER
WHISKEY ROAD (SOUTHERN ROCK) 1:30 PM
WALL OF DENIAL (STEVIE RAY VAUGHN TRIBUTE) 3:30 PM
JIMMY NICK & DON'T TELL MAMA (BLUES & ROCK) 5:30 PM
MR. CAPONE'S BOOTLEGGER BAND (ROCK) 7:30 PM
FOUNDERS' FIREWORKS EXTRAVAGANZA 9:15PM SPELLA PARK
SOCIAL GARDEN LAST CALL 9PM
FOUNDERS' DAYS CLOSES 10:00PM
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Daily Pass

$5
Per Day

- Standard Entry Line
- Standard Gate Fee
- Pay onsite at the Gate

Founders VIP Pass

$50 $35
All Weekend

- Over 40% off
- Express Entry Line
- 2 Drink Tokens
- Souveneir 17oz. Monster Mug
- Full Access to VIP Social Garden
- Full Access to VIP Side Stage
- Private VIP Beer Line Access
- Private VIP Bathrooms and Sinks
- MUST BE 21 OR OVER TO PURCHASE

AT FEST ONLY

2019 Founders' Honors Our American Heroes Parade Route

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West Side Shuttles & Parking


JCPENNEY, GANDER MOUNTAIN & TOYS R US Outlots & District 300 Lot (after 5pm)


Friday 5pm-11:30pm
Saturday 2pm-11:30pm
Sunday 12pm-10pm

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East Side Shuttles & Parking


St. Margaret Mary School


Friday 5pm-11:30pm
Saturday 2pm-11:30pm
Sunday 12pm-10pm

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Friends of Founders Sponsors

Daughters of the American Revolution

McDonald's

JCPenney's

Ozinga

Ed's Rental

MedExpress

Over 15 Food Vendors

... ... American Legion
... ... BBQ King
... ... Blackhawk BBQ
... ... Crave Bar
... ... Knights of Columbus
... ... Mario's Kart
... ... Midwest Citrus Smashers
... ... Passini’s Wood Fire Pizza
... ... Perk N Pickle Fresh Food Truck
... ... Ruthella's New Orleans Cuisine
... ... Toasty Cheese Food Truck

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JULY 25 - 28, 2019

SPELLA PARK
Algonquin, IL