601 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox, IL 60451
What began as a simple, two-man band under a tent playing music with a keg of beer has become one of the largest and best-attended festival in the Lincoln-Way area. With its popularity, days were added, contests, activities and carnival rides were added as well as various food vendors from local restaurants and organizations.
In July 1984, the New Lenox Chamber of Commerce became the host for what was termed the 1st Proud American Days. The Chamber received needed assistance from the New Lenox Community Park District who offered the location and other needed amenities. After several successful years, the Chamber of Commerce made the tough decision to no longer host the Proud American Days Festival. Gratefully, the New Lenox Community Park District stepped in and continues for over ten years to plan and improve the Annual Festival. This festival prides itself in providing a fun and family-oriented weekend for everyone to enjoy.
This annual, four-day festival is always held on the last weekend in July running from Thursday through Sunday and is attended by over 30,000 people throughout the Lincoln-Way area and surrounding Will County. It features live entertainment hosting some of the most popular bands in the area. The carnival rides featured always provide an economical way for families to enjoy the carnival. They feature unlimited ride wristbands on select days and hours of the festival. This festival truly has something for everyone. Activities are added almost annually and time-honored traditions remain. Some of the festival favorites include the Annual Baby Contest, Military Tribute and Bean Bag Tournament, just to name a few.
The Proud American Days festival continues to truly be a community event that spotlights the Town of New Lenox as truly the Home of Proud Americans.