Fireworks and July 4th Celebrations in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

Thursday, Jun 29th, 2017 by

Independence Day 2017 is on Tuesday, but some of the holiday fun will be getting underway days ahead of time! Here’s a list of celebrations, parades and fireworks we know about, listed in chronological order. (Click on the links for full details.) If you know of an event that should be on this list, please share in the comments section. Also, we try our best to present accurate info, but there are so many dates and times here … please do doublecheck the details before heading out. Happy Birthday to the USA!

 

Thursday, June 29

 

Historic, Patriotic Celebration 

WEST CHICAGO: You can celebrate Independence Day the 1890s way on Thursday, June 29, at Kline Creek Farm in West Chicago. At “Celebrating the Fourth” visitors can play hoops and graces and other 1890s outdoor games, tour the historic farmhouse, join a casual game of baseball, make a patriotic craft project, churn ice cream for an ice cream social and watch a celebratory model hot-air balloon launch. At 6 p.m. costumed interpreters will present a Fourth of July ceremony featuring patriotic songs and a reading of the Declaration of Independence followed by an ice cream social. This is a free event; horse-drawn wagon rides will be available for $5 per person for ages 13 and up; $2 for ages 5-12 with kids under 5 free. Adults should accompany all children. Registration is not required.

Friday, June 30

Festival and Carnival

ELGIN/HOFFMAN ESTATES: The villages of Hanover Township and Hoffman Estates, plus the Hoffman Estates Park District have joined together for the “Northwest Fourth-Fest,” which billed as the “the Burbs’ biggest Fourth of July celebration.” It is being held June 30 through July 4 outside the Sears Centre Area in Hoffman Estates, although several days are only the carnival. A range of family activities will be held July 1 and July 2 — check the schedule on the FAQ page for details. Admission to the festival and live entertainment is free, but food and beverages, bingo, carnival rides are an additional cost. The fireworks will be held on Sunday, July 2, at 9:30 p.m.

 

Balloon Festival and Fireworks

LISLE: The Lisle Eyes to the Sky Festival runs from June 30 through July 2, 2017. Check the website for the hot air balloon flight schedule, but my family loves to be there for the “balloon glow” at around 8 p.m., held in 2017 on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. That’s when the balloons will be tethered to the ground, but turn on their burners occasionally, so they “glow” against the night sky. In addition, this festival has a carnival, a craft fair and a dedicated children’s area. Fireworks are scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 9:45 p.m each night. Admission is $10 per person. Children ages 8 and under are free. Parking is in the remote festival lots, with free shuttle buses to take you to the grounds. (There are also private lots nearby that cost $5 and up.) Check out the Go West “Eight Tips for the Eyes to the Skies Festival” for lots more info and tips on where to park and when to go!

 

BBQ Festival and Music

NAPERVILLE: Check out the July 1 entry for info on Ribfest in Naperville.

 

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Saturday July 1

 

Festival and Carnival

ELGIN/HOFFMAN ESTATES: Check out the Northwest Fourth-Fest entry from June 30. Fireworks will only be offered on Sunday, July 2.

 

Balloon Festival and Fireworks

LISLE: See the entry for the “Eyes to the Skies Festival” on June 30. Note that fireworks are offered each night at about 9:45 p.m. July 1 is billed as a “pyro-musical production.”

 

Elgin Fireworks

ELGIN: The fireworks in Elgin will be on Saturday, July 1, this year and put on by the Grand Victoria Casino in Festival Park along the river at about 10:30 p.m. This page has info on where you can park and info on bringing food into the park.

 

BBQ Festival and Music

NAPERVILLE: Ribfest, put on by the Naperville Exchange Club, will take place in Naperville’s Knoch Park from June 30 through July 3, 2017. There are a variety of ticket prices, including some family specials early in the day. The event includes lots of BBQ, a family area and musical performances by acts including the Wallflowers, Better than Ezra, the B-52s, a Flock of Seagulls and more. A detailed scheduled for the Family Area attractions can be found under “Family Fun” on the Ribfest website. Fireworks will be offered at 9:30 p.m. only on Monday, July 3. In 2015, free public access entry time for the fireworks was 7:30 p.m., but there is no current information for 2017 fireworks viewing on the website, only a warning that the park can be closed around the free entry period due to capacity.

 

 

 

 

Sunday, July 2

 

BBQ Festival and Music

NAPERVILLE: See details on Ribfest, put on by the Naperville Exchange Club, under the July 1 entry. There will be fireworks only on July 3.

 

 

Balloon Festival and Fireworks

LISLE: See the entry for the “Eyes to the Skies Festival” on June 30. Note that fireworks are offered each night at about 9:45 p.m. July 2 is the “grand show.”

 

Festival and Carnival

ELGIN/HOFFMAN ESTATES: Check out the Northwest Fourth-Fest entry from June 30. Fireworks will only be offered on Sunday, July 2.

 

Monday, July 3

 

BBQ Festival and Music

NAPERVILLE: See details on Ribfest, put on by the Naperville Exchange Club, under the July 1 entry. There will be fireworks only on July 3.

 

 

Parade and Fun in the Park

WARRENVILLE: The city of Warrenville has a two-day celebration, starting with a parade on Monday, July 3, at a parade at 6 p.m. and family fun and a band at Cerny Park afterward. On Tuesday, July 4, there are activities scheduled all day, including a children’s parade, flag ceremonies, water fights, music and more when Cerny Park is transformed into a large festival to celebrate the nation’s birthday. Fireworks are scheduled for 9:15 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Here’s a link to a detailed schedule as well as parking info and here’s the event flyer, too.

 

Family Fun and Fireworks

WHEATON: The city of Wheaton celebrates the holiday over two days. On Monday, July 3, there will be “Family Fun” at Graf Park starting at 4 p.m. Fireworks will begin on July 3 at at about 9 p.m. (Grandstand seating will NOT be available at the DuPage County Fairgrounds.) On Tuesday, July 4, Wheaton will host a parade that gets underway in downtown at 10 a.m. from Hawthorne and Main streets and concludes at Front and Cross streets. Here’s a map of the route.

 

 

 

Tuesday, July 4

 

 

 

Parade, Music, Family Fun and Fireworks

AURORA: The city of Aurora’s celebrations are centered around downtown. The annual 4th of July Parade with a theme of “Party on Aurora,” will step off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4 from Benton and River, head east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Galena, south on Stolp and west on Downer ending at River Street..The city’s annual fireworks will also be taking place this year on Tuesday, July 4. But first, RiverEdge Park will feature the American Legion Band and Fox Valley Orchestra playing patriotic music starting at 6:15 p.m. on July 4; McCullough Park will have free inflatables, music and food vendors, with the band Pawnshop Horns playing blues, rock, soul, ska and more from 7 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. Fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4, and will be visible from both locations and the banks of the Fox River. There will be free park and ride shuttle service to 13 locations throughout the city. Get the full details on the city’s celebrations here.

 

Festival, Children’s Activities and Fireworks

WARRENVILLE: The city of Warrenville‘s celebration continues on Tuesday, July 4. Check the July 3 entry for details.

 

Parade

WHEATON: The city of Wheaton’s celebrations continue on Tuesday, July 4, when the city hosts a parade that gets underway in downtown at 10 a.m. from Hawthorne and Main streets and concludes at Front and Cross streets. Here’s a map of the route.

 

Parade

SOUTH ELGIN: The village of South Elgin hosts an Independence Day parade that will kick off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, at the corner of Spring Street and Wedgewood Drive. It proceeds east on State Street and crosses the river and eventually ends at the Lion’s Club on Fulton Street. Here’s more info.

 

Parade

CAROL STREAM: Carol Stream hosts a July 4th Parade, stepping off from County Farm and Lies Road at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4. You’ll find a map of the route here.

 

Parade, Music and Fireworks

YORKVILLE: The Annual 4th of July Celebration in Yorkville will feature a parade the morning of Tuesday, July 4, stepping off at 9 a.m. Here are details on the 2017 parade route. Town Square Park activities will take place immediately after the parade and end at noon. They feature children’s foot races, rides, water fights and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Fireworks will begin at dusk around Route 47 and Countryside Parkway. The Yorkville Big Band will perform at 8 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home.

 

Historic Celebration

AURORA:  The historic Tanner House in Aurora will  be celebrating the holiday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. There will be tours of the Tanner House, a magic show, balloon twisting, face-painting, live band, petting zoo and old-fashioned lawn games. Picnic fare will be available to purchase, and there will be a ceremonial “Ringing of the Bells” (kids are encouraged to help!) at 1 p.m. This is the 50th annual Ringing of the Bells and Independence Day Picnic at the Tanner House!

 

Parade, Family Fun and Fireworks

GLEN ELLYN: Glen Ellyn has a parade through downtown that steps off at noon on Tuesday, July 4. Here’s the route. Then, the Glen Ellyn Park District sponsors “Afternoon Festivities” on July 4 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Lake Ellyn Park. There will be moonwalks, inflatable obstacle course, penny carnival games, live music, dancing and face painting. The admission price is a $3 wristband. Concessions are available for purchase. Fireworks will also be viewable from Lake Ellyn Park at dusk on Monday, July 4.

 

Parade and Fireworks

ELGIN: The Downtown Neighborhood Association of Elgin and the City of Elgin team up for a parade on Tuesday, July 4. Stepping off at 9 a.m. at Slade and Douglas is the “Prehistoric Creatures” 2017 parade. Find more info here and a parade map here plus parking info too.  (The Elgin fireworks will be on July 1.)

 

Fireworks

OSWEGO: Oswego’s Independence Day Fireworks Show is scheduled to begin at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday July 4, with the fireworks being launched from Prairie Point Park. Both the park and Prairie Point Elementary School are good viewing points. Here’s info on other spots to parking and traffic limitations before the show.

 

Sky Concert

BATAVIA: The Batavia “Sky Concert” is scheduled for Tuesday, July 4, at 326 Millview Drive. The “Savor the Flavor” food vendors start serving at 5 p.m., the band Laughing Gas takes the stage at 6 p,m. The Batavia Community Band starts their patriotic music at 8:15 p.m. The Sky Concert begins at 9 p.m. Audiences are invited to watch the free show from Engstrom Park at the corner of West Main and Millview streets, or from the Batavia High School athletic fields on West Main Street. Find more info here.

 

Music, Picnics, Swimming and Fireworks

ST. CHARLES: The July 4th Celebration in St. Charles centers around Pottawatomie Park, where families are invited to come early in the day to picnic, play miniature golf or swim at Swanson Pool. (Regular admission rates apply.) The band Final Say will play at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 4. Fireworks at dark are best viewed from Pottawatomie or at Ferson Creek Park. Admission for the fireworks is free, but you are urged to arrive early – parking is limited.

 

3 thoughts on “Fireworks and July 4th Celebrations in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

  1. Natalie

    Elgin has a parade starting at 9 am on Douglas and Slade and continues into the down town area. There are also fireworks and a concert series at Festival Park.

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