Chicago-Area Fourth of July Fireworks, Events

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    The first week of July is here bringing pony rides, live entertainment, carnival games and the echoes of fireworks to end the night. If you are still looking for a place to celebrate Independence Day check out what neighborhoods in the Chicago area have planned festivities.

    Lake Forest Festival
    When: July 4, 3-10 p.m.
    Where: Deerpath Park, Lake Forest
    What: Event features food, a beer garden, live music, activities for kids and fireworks display.

    Fourth Fest
    When: July 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
    Where : Sunset Woods Park, Highland Park
    What: Free fest featuring carnival games, inflatables, train and pony rides, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
     
    Glen Ellyn 4th of July Fireworks
    When: July 4, Dusk
    Where: Lake Ellyn Park, Glen Ellyn
    What: Bring your blanket for a traditional fireworks display. Visit GlenEllyn4thofJuly.com for information on special "Boomer Booster Seats" on the Lake Ellyn boathouse dock.
     
    Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade
    When: July 4, Noon
    Where: Glen Ellyn 4th of July | Glen Ellyn Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Rd

    Independence Day Celebration

    Where: Cantigny Park | Wheaton
    When: July 4, Noon-4 p.m.
    What: Arts and crafts for the whole family, Revolutionary War reenactors, Inflatables for children to play on and 30 minute magic shows performed by John Measner.
     
    Fourth of July Celebration I FREE
    Where: Chicago History Museum | Chicago
    When: July 4, 10 a.m.-noon
    What: A day filled with patriotic musical performances, a reading of  the Declaration of Independence and the World's Tallest Uncle  Sam leading a children's parade.

    Aurora Independence Day Parade
    Where: Aurora Independence Day Parade | Begins at Benton and River streets, heads east on Benton, North on Broadway, West on Galena and South on River Street.
    When: July 4, 9:15 a.m.
    What: Performance by the Legacy girls, concerts, food and drinks.
     
    Naperville Ribfest
    When: July 3 - July 7, Noon-10 p.m.
    Where: Knoch Park, Naperville, 700 S West St.
    What: After eating your fill (and maybe a few other people's fill too) of ribs, settle in for Naperville's July 4th fireworks show, a 30-minute celebration kicking off at 9:30 p.m. Residents can also tune into 95.9 FM The River to hear a musical simulcast during the fireworks show.

    Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks
    When: July 3, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
    What: Face painting, games and an inflatable obstacle course.
    Where: Plainfield Central High School 24120 W Fort Beggs Dr, Plainfield

    Navy Pier Fireworks
    When: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
    Where: Navy Pier
    What: Fireworks will boom to Patriotic music with a clear viewing area. Cruises out to Lake Michigan are also available during the celebration.

    Arlington Heights Fireworks
    Where: Arlington Park Race Track, 2200 Euclid Ave.
    What: Viewing area for fireworks
    When: July 4, at dusk

    Downers Grove Fireworks
    Where: 75th St and Lemont Rd.
    When: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
    What: Independence Day parade followed by fireworks to end the night.

    Evanston
    Where: Clark St. Beach, 1811 Sheridan Rd.
    When: July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
    What: Live Music will be performed 7:30-9 p.m. leading up to the fireworks kickoff.

    Highland Park
    Where: Highland Park, 1707 St. Johns Ave.
    When: July 4 at 6 p.m.
    What: Carnival rides, petting zoo, live entertainment, children's bike and pet parade and fireworks.

    Itasca
    When: July 4 at 9:45 p.m.
    Where: Hamilton Lakes Office Campus, Illinois Rt 53 and Thorndale Ave.
    What: the US Army will present at the event, food, drinks and alcoholic beverages will be available ending with a fireworks show.

    Skokie Park District Fireworks
    Where: Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St, Skokie.
    When: July 4, at dusk.
    What: This fireworks show is given dimension with 3-D glasses to intensify the fireworks show! The first 10, 000 people will receive free glasses beginning at 5 p.m.

    Independence Day Fireworks
    Where: Oak Park, Ill., Oak Park-River Forest High School, East Ave. and Lake St.
    When: July 4 at dusk.

    Evergreen Park Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
    Where: Duffy Memorial Park, 92nd St. and Millard Ave., Evergreen Park, Ill. The parade begins at 9500 S. Pulaski Rd.
    When: July 3, parade begins at 6:30 p.m. fireworks start at dusk.
    What: An evening Independence Day parade followed by a fireworks show.

    Libertyfest
    Where: Redmond Park, 735 E. Jefferson Street, Bensenville.
    When: Parade begins at 10 a.m. activities run noon-5 p.m. music and entertainment 3-9:30 p.m. fireworks end the evening.
    What: A full day of celebration starting with a parade in the morning and activities throughout the day wrapping up with hours of music and nighttime fireworks.

    Channahon 4th of July Fireworks
    Where: Community Park, Channahon, 23200 W. McClintock Rd.
    When: July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
    What: Fourth of July fireworks!

    Joliet 4th of July Fireworks
    Where: 3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet.
    When: July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
    What: The area will be open beginning at 5 p.m. concessions will be available on site and live patriotic music will play before the fireworks show.

    Oswego Fireworks for Fourth of July
    Where: 4120 Plainfield Road, Oswego, Prairie Point Park.
    When: July 4 at 9:30 p.m.
    What: Oswego fireworks show, in case of rain the event will be moved to July 5.

    Bolingbrook July 4th Fireworks
    Where: Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr., Bolingbrook.
    When: July 4 at dusk.
    What: Bolingbrook’s fireworks show!

    Barrington Fireworks
    Where: Downtown Barrington, North Train Commuter Lot at Spring St.
    When: Parade at 10 a.m., noon-2 p.m. performance by Barrington Community Band, fireworks at dusk.
    What: A full day of celebration with a parade, live music entertainment and fireworks.

    Antioch
    Where: Williams Park and Main Streets, Antioch.
    When: July 4 at dusk.
    What: Fireworks show.

    Buffalo Grove Fireworks
    Where: Village Hall Campus, 50 Raupp Blvd., Buffalo Grove.
    When: July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
     

    Gurnee Fireworks
    Where: Six Flags Great America, I-94 and Grand Avenue, Gurnee.
    When:  July 4 at 9:50 p.m.
    What: Fireworks at night and normal park fees apply.