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July 4th Fireworks: Where to Watch


Update: Due to storms Wednesday, a number of fireworks displays originally set for July 4 have been rescheduled. Updated details are below.

Sunday, July 1

Arlington Heights: Dusk at Arlington Park Race Track, 2200 Euclid Ave.

Festivities start at 4 p.m. with live music, face painting and roaming entertainment.

Tuesday, July 3

Bridgeview: 9 p.m. at 81st St. and Oketo Ave.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with music, entertainment and food trucks.

Burr Ridge: Dusk at Walker Park, 7425 S. Wolf Road

Evergreen Park: 9:15 p.m. at Duffy Park, 9200 S. Millard Ave.

Joliet: 9:30 p.m. at Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson St. 

Enjoy food, drinks and live music starting at 6 p.m. 

Lemont: 9:30 p.m. at Centennial Park, 16028 127th St.

Presented as part of Freedom Days 2018 (June 30-July 3). Festivities include flying kites, basketball clinic, swimming and live music.

Oak Brook: 9:15 p.m. at Polo Grounds off of 31st Street between Spring and York Roads

Festivities begin at 4 p.m. as part of the Taste of Oak Brook.

Palos Heights: Dusk at Memorial Park, 7607 W. College Drive

Festivities start at 4:30 p.m. with a petting zoo, face painting, food and drink vendors and other activities. 

Park Ridge: Dusk at Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster St.

A DJ and children’s entertainment kick off festivities at 6:30 p.m., followed by live music at 8 p.m.

Palatine: Dusk at Community Park, 250 E. Palatine Road

Presented as part of the Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest (June 29-July 4). Festivities include carnival rides, food and drink vendors, live music and a parade (11 a.m. June 30).

Roselle: 9:30 p.m. at Lake Park High School West Campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Enjoy a performance by 7th heaven starting at 7 p.m. 

Rosemont: 9:30 p.m. at Parkway Bank Park, 5501 Park Place

Presented as part of Rockin in the Park series. Jay Dupuis performs a complete tribute to Elvis starting at 7 p.m.

Wilmette: 9:30 p.m. at Gillson Park, Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue

Festivities start at 4 p.m. with music, games, rides, food and drink vendors and other activities. 

Navy Pier summer fireworks in 2011. (Michael Mayer / Flickr)Navy Pier summer fireworks in 2011. (Michael Mayer / Flickr)

Wednesday, July 4

Aurora: 9:35 p.m.at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway Ave. | McCullough Park, 128 W. Illinois Ave.

Note: Due to weather, fireworks were canceled and will now take place at 9 p.m. Friday, July 27.

Enjoy live music from the American Legion Band (6:15-7:15 p.m.) and the Fox Valley Orchestra (7:45-9:15 p.m.).

Barrington: Dusk at Barrington High School, 610 W. Main St.

Glimpse the annual parade as it makes its way along Main Street. Parade steps off at 10 a.m. A festival and brat tent is open at the North Commuter Lot of the Metra Station from June 29-July 4.

Bartlett: 9:30 p.m. at Community Park, South Bartlett and Stearns Road

Festivities begin at noon with pick-up games of bags, bingo, carnival rides and live music.

Brookfield: 9:35 p.m. at 8820 Brookfield Ave

Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Garfield and Grand. Live music performances also scheduled throughout the afternoon and evening at Village Hall.

Buffalo Grove: 9:15 p.m. at Rotary Green, 260 N. Buffalo Grove Road

Check out a perfmance by the Symphonic Band starting at 7 p.m. 

Chicago: 9:30 p.m. at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Elgin: Immediately following the scheduled concert at Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave.

Start the night with a concert by Kool & the Gang and The Commodores at 7 p.m. 

Evanston: 9:30 p.m. at Clark Street Beach, Church and Sheridan Road

Catch a twilight concert ahead of the fireworks with a 7:30 p.m. performance by the Palatine Concert Band. 

Downers Grove, Darien and Woodridge: 9:30 p.m. at 75th and Lemont Road

Glen Ellyn: Dusk at Lake Ellyn Park, 645 Lenox Road

Start the celebrations early with an 8 a.m. four-mile run. Or hit snooze and catch the parade through downtown Glen Ellyn at noon, followed by festivities at Lake Ellyn Park like a moonwalk and inflatable obstacle course.

Glencoe: 9 p.m. at Lakefront Park, 647-699 Longwood Ave.

Festivities begin at 8 a.m. with the Rotary Fun Run, followed by a miniature-golf tournament, Glencoe's Got Talent, food truck fest and other events.

Glenview: Dusk at Lake Glenview, Lehigh and Lake Avenues

Begin the day with a children’s bike parade at 10:30 a.m. at the Glenview Public Library. Be sure to catch the Independence Day Parade, stepping off from Harlem Avenue and Glenview Road at 11:20 a.m. A DJ, food trucks and concerts start the night’s entertainment at 5 p.m.  

Highland Park: 9:30 p.m. at Wolters Field, 1080 Park Ave.

Festivities begin with a children’s bike and pet parade at 9:30 a.m., followed by the annual Independence Day parade. The fun moves to Sunset Park for carnival rides, a petting zoo, games and more. Cap off the day of activities with live music at Wolters Field ahead of the fireworks show.

Itasca: 9:45 p.m. at Hamilton Lakes, I-390 and Park Boulevard

Live music begins at 7 p.m. with performances by Pat McKillen and Maggie Speaks.

Joliet: 9:15 p.m. at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St.

Note: Due to weather, fireworks were canceled and will now take place at 9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

Lake Forest: 9:40 p.m. at Deerpath Community Park, 95 W. Deerpath Road

Hear live performances from 97Nine (6 p.m.) and Hairball (8 p.m.) ahead of the fireworks show.

Lombard: 9:30 p.m. Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Ahrens Avenue

Morton Grove: Dusk at Harrar Park, 6250 Dempster St. 

Festivities start at 2:30 p.m. with a parade, followed by performances by Mystery Girls Band, Sealed with a Kiss and Neverly Brothers. 

Mount Prospect: 9:30 p.m. at Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road

Presented as part of the Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival, which begins at 7 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, followed by musical performances and other events. 

Naperville: Dusk, at Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.

Note: Due to weather, fireworks were canceled and now will take place at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5.

Presented as part of Ribfest (July 4-7), featuring rib vendors, carnival rides and live music from national acts like Melissa Etheridge (July 4), Pitbull (July 5), Jake Owen (July 6) and Steven Tyler & the Loving Mary Band (July 7).

Northbrook: Dusk at Meadowhill Park, 1479 Maple Ave.

Festivities begin at 7:30 a.m. with the Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk, followed by a breakfast, miniature-golf tournament, cookout, bike parade and other activities. 

Oak Lawn: Dusk at Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave.

Oak Park: Dusk at Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 Scoville Ave. 

Take in the Independence Day Parade starting at 10 a.m. at Longfellow Park.

Orland Park: 9:15 p.m. at Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave.

Note: Due to weather, fireworks were canceled and will now take place at 9 p.m. Friday, July 6. 

Rolling Meadows: Dusk at Community Center Park, 3705 Pheasant Drive

Skokie: Dusk at Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St.

Festivities begin at 5 p.m. with a concert at 6:30 p.m., followed by a 3D fireworks display (first 10,000 attendees can get a free pair). Children’s games and face painting also start at 6:30 p.m.

Streamwood: 9:30 p.m. at Dolphin Park, 880 S. Park Blvd.

South Holland: Dusk at Veterans Memorial Park, 450 E. 160th Place

Festivities begin at 11 a.m. with a carnival for kids, followed by wing and pie eating contests, musical performances and other events. 

Tinley Park: 9:15 p.m. at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave.

Note: Due to weather, fireworks were canceled and will now take place at 9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 5. 

Afternoon activities (starting at 4 p.m.) include face painting, giant slide, obstacle course, bungee run and live entertainment. 

Winnetka: 9:20 p.m. at Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Road

Start the day with a parade at 10 a.m., followed by a flag-raising ceremony, family races and more activities as part of the annual Fourthfest. 

Thursday, July 5

Joliet: 9:15 p.m. at ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St.

Note: Previously set for Wednesday but reschedued due to weather.

Naperville: 9:30 p.m. at Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.

Note: Previously set for Wednesday but reschedued due to weather.

Presented as part of Ribfest (July 4-7), featuring rib vendors, carnival rides and live music from national acts Pitbull (July 5), Jake Owen (July 6) and Steven Tyler & the Loving Mary Band (July 7).

Tinley Park: 9:30 p.m. at McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave.

Note: Previously set for Wednesday but reschedued due to weather.

Friday, July 6

Orland Park: 9 p.m. at Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave.

Note: Previously set for Wednesday but reschedued due to weather.

Saturday, July 7

Hoffman Estates: 9:30 p.m. at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway

Fireworks are just one of the highlights of the annual Northwest Fourth-Fest (July 4-8). Enjoy live entertainment, carnival rides, a parade and an arts and crafts fair. 


Events listed are subject to change. We recommend double-checking times and locations before you head out the door. Do you know of a fireworks show that we missed? Send us an email.

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