2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs

The 4th of July is such a fun part of summer with lots of local, family-friendly events! Here’s a great line up of all the colorful 4th of July fireworks displays and spectacular parades listed alphabetically by town for the western suburbs of Chicago. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs and your best patriotic gear, and check out one of these awesome independence day celebrations with your family!

2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in Chicago’s Western Suburbs

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Free Family Activities and Fireworks (Aurora)
July 4, 2018 | Begins at 6:00 pm, fireworks at 9:35 pm
Live music, local food vendors, and inflatables make for a big family party before the fireworks show begins.

Brookfield Independence Day Parade and Party in the Park
July 4, 2018 | 10 a.m. parade followed by festivities in Kiwanis park at noon
Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Garfield and Grand, proceeds down Grand Blvd. to Brookfield Ave., and ends at the Village Hall. Music, food, and fun in Kiwanis Park beginning at noon.

Pleasant Dale Park District Independence Day Fireworks (Burr Ridge)
July 3, 2018 | Dusk
Food vendors will be in Walker Park selling snacks and non-alcoholic refreshments starting at 5:30 p.m., and fireworks begin at dusk. Parking available on the soccer field for $10.

Carol Stream Parade
July 4, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.
This year’s parade theme is “Portrait of an American Town.” Check the Facebook page for updates.

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Navy Pier Independence Day Fireworks (Chicago)
July 4, 2018 | 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks synchronized to music over Lake Michigan during the Independence Day Fireworks/Celebration.

Downers Grove Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | Parade at 12:45 p.m., fireworks at approximately 9:30 p.m.
The parade begins at Main and Grant Streets, then heads south to end at Warren Avenue. The Villages of Downers Grove and Woodridge, along with the City of Darien, are teaming up to put on a fireworks display at 75th Street and Lemont Road.

Grand Victoria Casino’s 4th of July Celebration (Elgin)
July 4, 2018 | 10:30 pm
After an evening of live music (tickets required), the day ends with fireworks at Festival Park.

Glen Ellyn Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | Parade at 12 p.m., fireworks at dusk over Lake Ellyn
Glen Ellyn’s celebrations begin June 30 and include a cardboard regatta, a food truck picnic, and a fundraiser for the 4th celebration. On July 4, enjoy a full day of activities, including a 4 mile run, parade, afternoon festivities, and a grand fireworks display. Parade route starts on Ellyn Ave. going west on Crescent Blvd.

Hinsdale Parade
July 4, 2018 | 10 a.m. | followed by celebration from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Burlington Park
The parade will begin at Sixth Street and Garfield headed north to First Street, continue West to Grant Street, head south on Grant and end at Sixth and Grant Street. The post-parade event features handmade arts and crafts, family activities, refreshments, inflatables, carnival games and face painting!

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival Fireworks
June 29, June 30, and July 1 (Grand Show) | 9:45–10:30 p.m.
Fireworks are launched south of the hot air balloon field and are viewable from anywhere in the festival grounds. Come June 29 or 30 for a traditional fireworks display, and enjoy a grand fireworks finale on July 1.

Lombard Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | 9:30 p.m.
Bring your own food and drinks (no alcohol allowed) to Madison Meadow Park to watch the fireworks. Parking restrictions are in effect, but a shuttle will run from 7 – 11:30 p.m. from Glenbard East High School, Madison Elementary School, and Pleasant Lane School.

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Naperville Ribfest Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | Dusk
Naperville’s huge annual Ribfest event includes four days of food, music, and family fun kicking off with a fireworks display on July 4.

North Riverside July 4 Celebration – Parade & Fun Fest
July 4 | Time TBD
The annual parade will head to Veterans Park where Little Leaguers will take to the field, but not before a grand salute to our veterans. Live music, baseball, grilled food, drinks, bounce houses, entertainers, and more!

Taste of Oak Brook Fireworks
July 3, 2018 | Dusk
This annual festival at Oak Brook Polo Field features restaurants, beverage tent, a petting zoo, live entertainment, and a fantastic fireworks display. Admission is free and parking is $10.

Oak Park Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | Parade at 10 a.m., fireworks at dusk
The parade kicks off from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street, heads north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street, and turns east to end near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue. The fireworks display begins at dusk at the Oak Park and River Forest High School football stadium, near East Avenue and Lake Street.

Oakbrook Terrace 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2018 | Time TBD
Festivities at Terrace View Park – corner of Route 83 & 22nd Street.

Oswego Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | Dusk
Families spread out blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy fireworks in Prairie Point Park starting at dusk.Pottawatomie Park opens at 8am

South Elgin 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2018 | 10:00 a.m.
This yearly tradition gets flags flying through South Elgin. The Parks & Recreation Department will collect non-perishables at the start of the parade to help stock the food pantry.

St. Charles July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
July 4, 2018 | Park opens at 8:00 a.m., fireworks at dusk
Pottawatomie Park will open at 8:00 a.m. for people to celebrate with home-brought picnics or food from the River View Miniature Golf concession stand. The fireworks display kicks off at dusk.

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Villa Park 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2018 | 12 noon
The VFW will be coordinating its annual 4th of July parade again with free hotdogs and water!

Westchester July 4th Parade
July 4, 2018 | 9:30 a.m.
Westchester’s annual parade will march through town on the morning of July 4. Parade route here

Ty Warner Park July 4th Celebration and Fireworks (Westmont)
July 4, 2018 | 4 – 10 p.m.
Fireworks in Ty Warner Park cap off an evening of fun including food vendors, a petting zoo, games, and more.

Wheaton Independence Day Celebration Fireworks and Parade
July 3 fireworks 9 p.m. | July 4 parade at 10 a.m.
Festivities begin on Monday, July 3 at Graf Park with rides, concessions, and DJ entertainment in the afternoon. Once darkness falls at 9 p.m., enjoy a great fireworks display, followed by an annual parade the next morning (July 4) on the streets of downtown Wheaton at 10 a.m.

Warrenville Red, White, and Blues 2018 Fourth of July Celebration
Parade July 3 at 6:00 p.m. | Fireworks July 4 at 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks cap off two full days of festivities, including kids’ entertainment, live blues music, and a 5K run.

Yorkville Parade, Town Square Activities, and Fireworks
Parade starts July 4 at 9:00 a.m., immediately followed by activities at 12:00 pm | Fireworks begin at dusk
The Yorkville parade ends at the water tower and is followed by town square activities including children’s races, rides, and live music, with food and drink for sale. The Yorkville Big Band performs at 8:00 p.m. at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home before fireworks start at dusk.

A very safe and happy 4th of July from our Kidlist family to yours!

About the Author

Jill Borkowicz
Jill is thrilled to be sharing her insight and knowledge of local fun on Kidlist! As an Oak Park native, Jill and her husband settled in La Grange Park in 2007 and couldn’t be happier with the community they call home. Raising two lovely daughters, ages 8 and 10, Jill is always on the lookout for cool things to do as a family. She is passionate about yummy food, an organized abode, creative entertaining, frugal finds, travel adventures, a healthy spirit, and overall family fun. Jill’s favorite wintertime activity with the fam? Ice skating followed by hot chocolate! Summertime family favorite? Long pool days with friends that end with a BBQ!

2 Comments on "2018 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in the Western Suburbs"

  1. Camille Brune | June 27, 2016 at 10:08 pm | Reply

    Elmhurst hosts a 4 (miles) on the 4th race (CARA’s 2015 Race of the Year) which kicks off at 7:15 am; there’s a kids’ 1k race at 8:25 am. Run early, celebrate all day!
    For details viisit http://4on4th.com/

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