IL 4th Of July: Where Fireworks Are Happening, Where They're Not

Shannon Antinori

ILLINOIS — It's been a year for the record books — nothing is quite the same as it used to be thanks to the coronavirus pandemic — and the Fourth of July is shaping up to be no exception. In a year when birthday parties and graduations became car parades and family dinners happened more often over Zoom than in person, Independence Day celebrations aren't quite what they were in years past.

This year, 4th of July falls on Saturday. And while we can still celebrate with backyard barbecues, some communities have canceled their fireworks shows and celebrations. Others are still planning to host fireworks, and at least one town is planning three simultaneous fireworks displays so all residents can see the show show from the comfort of their own yards.

As of Monday morning, the National Weather Service was predicting a daytime high of 92 degrees on July 4 and a low chance of precipitation. This week will also be a hot one, with the heat index potentially exceeding 100 degrees.

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Scroll down to see which towns are having fireworks as usual this 4th of July and which have called it off. Editor's note: If you do go see fireworks, please practice social distancing — and in scenarios where you can't, wear a mask or face covering.

Plus:

» CITY OF CHICAGO

Canceled — Navy Pier's usual 4th of July fireworks display was called off, along with its Wednesday and Saturday fireworks shows.

» COOK COUNTY

Crestwood

Canceled

Chicago Heights

No fireworks show

Evergreen Park

Independence Day Parade and Fireworks
July 3: Parade at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks around 9 p.m.
Fireworks at Duffy Park, 9200 S. Millard Ave.

Elgin

Grand Victoria Casino's 4th of July Celebration
July 4: Parade at 9 a.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Festival Park, 132 S. Grove Ave.

Lemont

Independence Day Extravaganza
July 3: Party 4 to 10 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Centennial Park, 16028 127th St.

Morton Grove

Morton Grove Days, July 3–6
July 4: Parade at 2:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk
American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St.

Niles

Niles 4th of July Parade
July 4: Parade at 8:45 a.m.
Starts at Notre Dame College Prep at Dempster and Ozark streets and heads to Grennan Heights at 8255 Oketo Ave.

Oak Lawn

July 4th Party In The Park
July 4: Parade steps off at 10 a.m. at 95th Street and 51st Avenue; post-parade 4th of July Party from noon to 4 p.m. at Memorial Park, 102nd and Major Avenue; 6 p.m. free evening entertainment starts at Richards High School; fireworks at dusk
Richards High School, 10601 Central Ave.

Oak Forest

32nd Annual Oak Fest 2019, July 3-7
July 4: Fireworks Extravaganza starts at 9:30 p.m.; festival open from 3 p.m. to midnight.
159th and Central Avenue

Oak Park

July 4 Parade
July 4: Parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street
Oak Park and River Forest High School stadium, East Avenue and Lake Street

Orland Park

Independence Day Celebration
July 4: Concert at 7:15 p.m. featuring Suburban Cowboys followed by fireworks
Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave.

Palatine

Jaycees Hometown Fest, July 3–7
July 5: Fireworks at dusk
Community Park, 262 E. Palatine Road

Palos

Independence Day Celebration
July 3: Celebration is 4:30 to 11:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk
Memorial Park, 7607 W. College Drive

Tinley Park

4th of July Celebration
July 4: Stars & Stripes 5K is at 8 a.m., followed by activities, music (starting at 4 p.m.) and fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave. in Tinley Park

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» WILL COUNTY

Beecher

Beecher 4th Of July Festival, July 3–6
July 4: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Firemen's Park, 673 Penfield St.

Bolingbrook

4th of July All-American Celebration
July 4: Events begin at 3 p.m., including a BBQ buffet and live music from the Gina Glocksen Band and Semple Band; fireworks and the National Anthem at 9:25 p.m.
Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive

Channahon

Independence Day Celebration
July 4: Events start at 6 p.m.; Freedom Parade at 6:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Community Park, 23304 W. McClintock Road in Channahon

Frankfort

Fourth of July Celebration
July 4: Celebration starts at 5 p.m.; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Main Park on Nebraska Street

Lockport

July 3 Fireworks
July 3: Fireworks at dusk
Dellwood Park, Route 171 and Woods Drive

Joliet

Joliet July 4 Celebration
July 4: Gates open at 6 p.m.; fireworks around 9:20 p.m.
Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St.

Independence Celebration and Fireworks (featuring Cadillac Groove)
July 3: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., followed by fireworks
Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson St

Mokena

Mokena 4th of July Celebration
July 4: DJ party in the park from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.; fireworks at dusk
Main Park, 10925 LaPorte Road

New Lenox

Independence Day Celebration
July 4: Performances begin at 6 p.m.; fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
New Lenox Commons, 101 Veterans Parkway in New Lenox

Plainfield

Patriotic Picnic & Fireworks
July 3: Festivities at 6 p.m.; fireworks at dark
Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive

Romeoville

Independence Day Celebration
July 3: Live music and events start at 6 p.m. at Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Rd; fireworks at 9:30 p.m. at Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Road
Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Road

» DuPAGE COUNTY

Downers Grove/Woodridge/Darien

4th of July Parade and Fireworks
July 4: Festivities begin with a parade at 1 p.m. in Downers Grove and end with a fireworks show at 9:30 p.m.
Corner of 75th Street and Lemont Road

Glen Ellyn

Glen Ellyn's 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
July 4: Parade steps off at noon; fireworks at dusk
Parade in downtown Glen Ellyn; fireworks at Lake Ellyn, 645 Lenox Road

Lisle

4th of July Parade & Ice Cream Social/Eyes To The Skies Festival
July 4: Parade from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of The Museums at Lisle Station Park
Fireworks every night during Eyes To The Skies at Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St.

Oak Brook - CANCELLED

Taste of Oak Brook
July 3: Oak Brook has cancelled its fireworks due to weather
Oak Brook Polo Club, 1200 Oak Brook Road

St. Charles

Independence Day Festivities
July 4: Entertainment and activities throughout the day, fireworks at night
Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Avenue in St. Charles

Wheaton

Independence Day Celebration
July 3: Fireworks around 9 p.m.
Graf Park , 1855 Manchester Road

» FOX RIVER VALLEY

Aurora

Aurora’s Fourth Of July Celebration
July 4: Parade at 10 a.m. from Benton and River Streets; live music and bounce houses at 7 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St. in Aurora

Batavia

Batavia's 4th of July Sky Concert
July 4: Food vendors open at 5 p.m.; patriotic music at 8:15 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
326 Millview Drive, Batavia

Oswego

Independence Day Fireworks
July 4: 9:30 p.m. (rain date July 5)
Prairie Point Park, 4120 Plainfield Road in Oswego

Yorkville

July 4th Celebration
July 4: Parade at 9 a.m. stepping off from Yorkville High School; activities start at noon; fireworks at dusk
Town Square, 301 N. Bridge in Yorkville

» NORTH SHORE

Evanston

Evanston 4th of July
July 4: Lakefront musical fireworks extravaganza at 9:30 p.m.; music on 90.5 FM
Fireworks will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of downtown Evanston.

Deerfield

Deerfield Family Days
July 3: Entertainment at 6 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Brickyards Park, 375 Elm St.

Glencoe

July 4th Celebration
July 3: Two-mile fun run at 8 a.m. followed by games in the park; 3 p.m. parade followed by Party in the Park; fireworks at 9 p.m.
Lakefront Park, 647-699 Longwood Ave. in Glencoe

Glenview

Glenview 4th of July Celebration
July 4: Children's bike parade at 11:15 a.m.; parade at 11:20 a.m.; twilight concert at 5 p.m. and fireworks at dark
Concert at Gallery Park; fireworks at dark from the middle of Lake Glenview

Highland Park

4th of July Parade and Celebration
July 4: 9:30 a.m. children's bike & pet parade, St. Johns and Laurel avenues; 10 a.m. Independence Day parade; 11 a.m. Fourth Fest at Sunset Park; 4 p.m. Bitter Jester Music Festival & Fireworks at Wolters Field
Best viewed from Wolters Field, 1080 Park Ave.

Lake Forest

Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks
July 4: 5 to 10 p.m.
Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road in Lake Forest

Northbrook

Northbrook 4th of July
July 4: 7:30 a.m. 5K, 7:30 to 11 a.m. breakfast, 11 a.m. mini golf tournament, fireworks at dusk
Meadowhill Park and Techny Prairie Park and Fields

Skokie

Skokie's Independence Day Parade & 3D Fireworks Festival
July 4: 5 to 10 p.m.
Downtown and Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St. in Skokie

Winnetka

Fourth of July Parade and Fourthfest
July 4: Parade at 10 a.m.; Fourthfest at 6 p.m.; fireworks at 9:20 p.m.
Parade steps off from Elm Street and Glendale Avenue; fireworks at Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Road

» LAKE COUNTY

Barrington

Barrington 4th of July Fest
July 4: Fireworks at dusk
Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St.

Buffalo Grove

Independence Day Fireworks
July 4: Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band concert at 7 p.m.; fireworks at dusk
Viewing from Rotary Village Green, the Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream Park

Gurnee

July 4th Fest at Six Flags
July 3–6: Fireworks at 9:45 p.m.
Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway

Lake Zurich

4th of July Celebration
July 4: Fireworks around 9:15 p.m., following a day of music, entertainment, kids' games, inflatable rides, swimming and more
Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road

Libertyville

Libertyville Village Band and Fireworks
July 4: Band at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Butler Lake Park, 500 Lake St. in Libertyville

Vernon Hills

Vernon Hills Fourth of July Parade
July 4: Parade at 9 a.m., music at 6:30 p.m. and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway in Vernon Hills

» McHenry County

Cary

Cary Summer Celebration Fireworks
July 3: Fireworks at dusk
Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road

Huntley

4th of July Fest
July 4: Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Deicke Park, 11419 Route 47

The information compiled in this list was sourced from municipal and park district calendars and websites. FireworksInIllinois.com was also used for reference.

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