Since this is such a grea hit, I am again listing all the great 4th of July events that I am finding in the Chicagoland area. If you know of one, let me know and I’ll get it listed!!
Aurora Independence Day Parade
July 4, 9:15 a.m.
Millview Drive and West Main Street, Batavia, IL
The event begins with our Savor-the-Flavor food vendors which begin to serve an assortment of treats at 5:00 p.m. and continues until the show begins at 9:30 p.m. Then after announcements and a welcome by the Mayor, the Sky Concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. (weather permitting). There is additional audience space on the Batavia High School athletic fields on West Main Street.
Rain Delays: Rain will not stop the show, however dangerous conditions—lightning or high winds—could cause the show to be delayed until the following evening. Parking: Absolutely no parking will be allowed on Wilson or Main Streets between Van Nortwick Avenue and Randall Road. No parking will be allowed on Randall Road from Main Street to McKee Street. Public parking for the show will be permitted at both high school parking lots (off Wilson & Main), the Ace Hardware Parking lot and at the Wilson Business Center on West Wilson Street. Parking will also be available at several of the major retail lots along Randall Road. A five-dollar donation per car will be requested at each lot. All proceeds will go to support the fireworks show. Parking in the high school lot off Main Street will be marked and reserved for vehicles carrying handicapped stickers.
Redmond Park, 3rd and John St., Bensenville
Parade at 10 a.m., activities noon-5 p.m., music 3-9:30 p.m., followed by fireworks, July 4
Community Park 23200 W. McClintock Road
9:15 p.m. July 4
Fourth of July Celebration
Chicago History Museum
July 4, 10 a.m.-noon
Bloom High School North Field, 101 W. 10 Street
July 3, at dusk
Performance by The Walk-ins, starting at 7 p.m. Fireworks at dusk.
Duffy Memorial Park, 92nd Street and Millard Avenue, Evergreen Park, IL
Parade Starts at 6:30 p.m., fireworks at dusk, July 3
34W002 Cherry Lane Geneva, Illinois 60134
July 4, 2013, after the game, usually around 9 or 9:30 p.m.
The Cougars will ring in the Fourth with an all-you-can-eat picnic, player autographs and, of course, fireworks.
Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade
July 4, Noon
4th of July Fireworks
Lake Ellyn Park
July 4, Dusk
Bring your blanket for a traditional fireworks display. Visit GlenEllyn4thofJuly.com for information on special “Boomer Booster Seats” on the Lake Ellyn boathouse dock.
Sunset Woods Park
July 4 (Sunday) , 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Featuring carnival games, inflatables, train and pony rides, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
Hamilton Lakes, Thorndale and Park Blvd.
Live music at 6 p.m., Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. July 4
3000 W. Jefferson St., Joliet
About 9:15 p.m. July 4
Gates open at 5 p.m.; concessions will be sold; live patriotic music prior to the show
La Grange Country Club, 620 S. Brainard Ave., La Grange, IL
9:30 p.m. July 3
Gather in Waiola Park, 47th and Waiola, to watch the fireworks if you’re not a member of the club. WLTL will simulcast music choreographed to the display.
Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks
July 4, 3-10 p.m.
Event features food, a beer garden, live music, activities for kids and fireworks display.
Madison Meadow Park, East Madison Street and South Lewis Avenue in Lombard
Five-day Festival July 2-6 until 11 p.m. daily; bands, carnival, food, craft fair.
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4
July 3 – July 7 (Sunday,Thursday,Friday,Saturday) , Noon-10 p.m.
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.
159th Street and Central Avenue, Oak Forest, IL
Dusk on Thursday, July 4
Star Spangled Fourth of July Celebration
July 4, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.; 6 p.m. evening
East Avenue and Lake Street, Oak Park, IL
Dusk, July 4
The event takes place at Oak Park-River Forest High School.
Centennial Park: 15600 West Ave, Orland Park, IL 60462
9:15 p.m. July 4
Members of the Orland-Palos Reber-Tesmond Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #2604 will present colors at 9:15 p.m., followed by fireworks in the southwest sky. Final Say will perform on the main stage on Thursday, July 4 from 7:15 p.m. until the fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. The band’s repertoire includes the latest top 40 hits to classics.
4120 Plainfield Road, Oswego / Prairie Point Park
9:30 p.m. July 4
7402 Lake Katherine Dr Palos Heights, IL 60463
9:15 p.m., July 3
Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks
July 3, 5 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
Red, White and Blue Bargain Day
Fox River Trolley Museum
July 4, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Pottowatamie Park, 8. North Avenue, St. Charles, IL
Fireworks start at dusk, but the concerts start at 4 p.m. July 4
Alternate viewing location: Ferson Creek Park, 300 N. 2nd St (Route 31), St. Charles, Ill.
McCarthy Park, 16801 W. 80th Ave., Tinley Park, IL
9:15 p.m. on Thursday, July 4
Two locations for fireworks:
Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Road, Wheaton, and the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 Manchester Road, Wheaton
About 9 p.m. July 3
Pre-fireworks activities, music and concessions begin at 5:30 p.m. July 3 at both locations.
Independence Day Celebration
July 4, Noon-4 p.m.
Rt. 47 and Countryside Parkway, Yorkville, IL
Dusk, July 4
All 4th of July activities are free to everyone, except food/ drink purchases and are subject to change without notice – Donations are welcome.