Fourth of July Parade & Firework Guide – 2017

I don’t know about you, but we’re just about falling into our summer routine when the Fourth of July comes along to shake things up. I love it! Not only do I love celebrating independence and freedom, but it’s a kick in the butt. It’s a reminder that summer is filled with amazing opportunities for fun and excitement, but it’s also moving fast, so sometimes we need to relinquish the schedule and find adventure.

Looking for some explosive fun? Find parades and fireworks in your area with this Fourth of July guide! Before attending, PLEASE check the link. Some events may be cancelled or postponed depending on the weather, and even though I do my best there’s always the possibility I’ve made a typo. Most events are free, but some do charge a fee for parking. See the websites for admission or parking fees.

Multiple days

Navy Pier – Every Wednesday night at 9:30 pm and every Saturday night at 10:15 pm, through September. There are also additional nights for special events. The Independence Day show is on Tuesday, July 4 at 9:30 pm.

Friday, June 30

Midlothian – Festivities start at 6:00 pm, fireworks start at around 9:30 pm.

Saturday, July 1

Cary – Festivities begin at 6:30, then fireworks. (Parking is $5-$10)

Fox Lake – Parade at 2:00 pm, followed by festivities, fireworks at dusk.

Grayslake – Festivities start at 4:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Lisle– Festivities begin at 5:30 pm, fireworks at 9:45 pm. Eyes to the Skies Festival June 30-July 2.

Palatine – Parade at 11:00 am. Festival June 30-July 4.

Sunday, July 2

Crystal Lake – Parade at 1:00 pm. Fireworks at dusk (beach admission fees apply)

Hoffman Estates – Northwest Fest June 30-July 4. Festivities throughout the day and fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Mundelein – Parade at 2:00 pm. Mundelein Community Days June 30-July 3.

Waukegan – Parade at 1:00 pm followed by festivities.

Monday, July 3

Burr Ridge – Festivities begin at 5:30 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Deerfield – Festivities at 5:00 pm, fireworks at dusk. Deerfield Family Days July 3-4.

Evergreen Park – Parade at 6:30 pm, fireworks at 9:00 pm.

Hawthorn Woods – Music at 6:00 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Lemont – Festivities begin at 4:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Lockport – Fireworks at dusk.

Mundelein – Mundelein Community Days June 30-July 3. Fireworks at dusk.

Naperville – Ribfest June 30-July 3, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Oak Brook – Taste of Oak Brook begins at 4:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Palatine – Fireworks at dusk. Festival June 30-July 4.

Palos Heights – Festivities at 4:30 pm, fireworks at 9:15 pm.

Park Ridge– Festivities begin at 6:30 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Plainfield – Festivities at 6:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Romeoville – Festivities at 6:00 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Wauconda – Festivities begin at 6:00 pm, fireworks will follow.

Wheaton – Festivities begin at 4:00 pm, fireworks at 9:00 pm.

Tuesday, July 4

Antioch – Festivities begin at 8:00 am, parade at 10:30 am, fireworks at dusk.

Aurora – Parade at 10:00 am.

Barrington – Parade at 10:00 am, fireworks at dusk. Fourth of July Festival June 30-July 4.

Bartlett – Fireworks at 9:30 pm. Fourth of July Fest June 30-July 4.

Bolingbrook – Festivities begin at 2:00 pm, fireworks at 9:45 pm.

Buffalo Grove – Concert at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 9:15 pm.

Carol Stream – Parade at 10:00 am.

Deerfield – Festivities at 8:00 am, parade at Noon. Deerfield Family Days July 3-4.

Downers Grove – Parade at 12:45 am, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Elk Grove Village – Concert at 5:30 pm; fireworks to follow.

Evanston – Festivities begin at 9:00 am, parade at 2:00 pm, fireworks at 9:15 pm.

Frankfort – Festivities begin at 5:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Glen Ellyn – Parade at Noon, festivities following, fireworks at dusk.

Glenview – Parade at 11:15 am, concert at 7:00 pm followed by fireworks

Hawthorn Woods – Parade at 10:00 am.

Highland Park – Parades at 9:30 & 10:00 am, festivities throughout the day, fireworks at dusk.

Hoffman Estates – Northwest Fest June 30-July 4. Parade at 9:00 am.

Island Lake – Parade at 10:00 am, followed by festivities.

Itasca – Live music at 7:00 pm, fireworks at 9:45 pm.

Lake Bluff – Parade at 10:00 am.

Lake Forest – Festivities begin at 6:00 pm, fireworks at 9:40 pm.

Lake Zurich – Festivities begin at 10:00 am, fireworks at 9:15 pm.

Libertyville – Concert at 7:30 pm, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Lincolnshire – Festivities throughout the day; parade at 11:00 am, fireworks at dusk. Red, White, & Boom July 3-4.

Mokena – Parade at 10:00 am, festivities begin at 6:30 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Morton Grove – Morton Grove Days June 30-July 4. Parade at 2:30 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Navy Pier – Fireworks at 9:30 pm.

Northbrook – Festivities throughout the day, parade at 2:15 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Oak Lawn – Parade at 10:00 am. Festivities throughout the day and fireworks at dusk.

Oak Park – Parade at 10:00 am.

Palos Heights – Parade at Noon.

Round Lake Beach – Festivities begin at 6:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Skokie – Parade at Noon, festivities at 5:00 pm followed by 3D fireworks.

St. Charles – Concert at 6:00 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Tinley Park – Festivities begin at 8:00 am, fireworks at 9:15 pm.

Vernon Hills – Parade at 9:00 am. Festivities begin at 6:30 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Waukegan – Festivities begin at 1:30 pm, fireworks at dusk.

Wheaton – Parade at 10:00 am.

Winnetka – Parade at 10:00 am, festivities following, fireworks at 9:20 pm.

Woodstock – Fireworks at 9:15 pm.

Yorkville– Parade at 9:00 am, festivities throughout the day, fireworks at dusk.

Zion – Festivities begin at 8:30 am, fireworks at 9:30 pm.

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