Nothing feels more like summer than 4th of July fireworks and parades. Each town celebrates in their own family-friendly way, whether walking the streets in a patriotic parade or enjoying a colorful fireworks show at dusk. Grab a blanket, some lawn chairs, and your best patriotic gear to check out one of these awesome Independence Day celebrations with your family!
2019 4th of July Fireworks and Parades in Chicago’s Western Suburbs
Pleasant Dale Park District Independence Day Fireworks (Burr Ridge)
July 3, 2019 | Dusk
Food vendors will be in Walker Park selling snacks and refreshments starting at 5:30 pm, and fireworks begin at dusk. Reserved parking available for $10.
Taste of Oak Brook Fireworks
July 3, 2019 | Fireworks at dusk
This annual festival at the Oak Brook Polo Fields will be a bit different this year with the loss of McDonald’s as a sponsor, but it still looks to be a good time. The festival will feature restaurants, a beverage tent, a petting zoo, a bounce house, and more, plus a fireworks display. Admission is free (some children’s activities require tickets) and parking is $20. (Please note that this year, Oak Brook is no longer allowing alcoholic beverages to be brought in.)
Navy Pier Independence Day Fireworks (Chicago)
July 3 and 4, 2019 | 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks synchronized to music over Lake Michigan during the regular summer fireworks, as well as an Independence Day firework celebration.
Warrenville “Let Freedom Ring” 2019 Fourth of July Celebration
Parade on July 3, 2019 at 6:00 pm | Fireworks on July 4, 2019 at 9:15 pm
Fireworks cap off two full days of festivities, including kids’ entertainment, live blues music, and a 5K run.
Wheaton Independence Day Celebration Fireworks and Parade
Fireworks on July 3, 2019 at 9:00 pm | Parade on July 4, 2019 at 10:00 am
Festivities begin at Graf Park with rides, concessions, and DJ entertainment at 5:00 pm on July 3. Once darkness falls at 9 pm, enjoy a great fireworks display. The annual parade through the streets of downtown Wheaton steps off at 10:00 am on July 4.
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 9:00 am
This year’s parade theme is “Get in the Game!”. After an evening of live music (tickets required), the day ends with fireworks at Festival Park.
Yorkville Parade, Town Square Activities, and Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | Parade starts at 9:00 am and 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 pm at the Larson-Nelson Funeral Home before fireworks start at dusk.
Brookfield Independence Day Parade and Party in the Park
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 10:00 am with festivities in Kiwanis Park at 12:00 pm
Parade moves through the streets of Brookfield, and culminates with a “Party in the Park” at Kiwanis Park. The music, food, and fun begin at noon.
Carol Stream Parade
July 4, 2019 | 10:00 a.m.
The parade moves through the streets of Carol Stream, ending at Fountain View Recreation Center. This year’s parade theme is “Freedom, Fireworks, and the Fourth”. Check the Facebook page for parade map, sponsorship information, and other details.
North Riverside July 4 Celebration – Parade & Fun Fest
July 4, 2019 | Parade starts at 10:00 am
The annual parade will head to Veterans Park for a veterans salute before a little league baseball game. Live music, baseball, grilled food, drinks, bounce houses, entertainers, and more!
South Elgin 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2019 | 10:00 am
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.
Hinsdale Parade and Family Festival
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 10 am, with Family Festival from 11 am – 4 pm.
The parade will wind through the streets of Hinsdale, ending at Sixth and Grant Street. The post-parade event at Burlington Park features family activities, refreshments, inflatables, carnival games and face painting! Don’t forget the annual Hinsdale Rotary Club Turtle Races.
Oak Park Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 10:00 am, 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.
Villa Park 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2019 | 12:00 pm
The VFW will be coordinating its annual 4th of July parade, a 2-mile path through the streets of Villa Park.
Glen Ellyn Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 12 pm, fireworks at dusk over Lake Ellyn
Glen Ellyn’s celebrations begin June 29 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 through downtown Glen Ellyn, afternoon festivities, and a grand fireworks display.
Downers Grove Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 12:45 pm, fireworks at approximately 9:30 pm
Line the streets for the village of Downers Grove’s annual Independence Day Parade. The route 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 that evening at 75th Street and Lemont Road.
St. Charles July 4th Celebration and Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | Park opens at 8:00 am, fireworks at dusk
Pottawatomie Park will open at 8:00 am 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. The band, Shout Out, will begin at 6:00 pm.
Free Family Activities and Fireworks (Aurora)
July 4, 2019 | Parade at 10:00 am, Fireworks at 9:00 pm
Join the fun at RiverEdge Park or McCullough Park where you’ll find live music, local food vendors, and inflatables before the fireworks show begins.
Ty Warner Park July 4th Celebration and Fireworks (Westmont)
July 4, 2019 | 4:00 – 10:00 pm
Fireworks in Ty Warner Park cap off an evening of fun including food vendors, a petting zoo, games, music and more.
Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival Fireworks
July 4 – 6, 2019 | 9:45–10:30 pm
Come and enjoy this unique holiday celebration. See 20 to 30 balloons of various sizes and shapes. The carnival will also run July 3 through 7. Fireworks are visible anywhere on the festival grounds. The “Our Nation’s Birthday Spectacular” show will be on July 4, whereas traditional fireworks displays will take place on July 5 and 6.
Naperville Ribfest Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | 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. This could be the last year that Naperville will be hosting Ribfest, so don’t miss it!
Oakbrook Terrace 4th of July Celebration
July 4, 2019 | Time TBD
Festivities at Terrace View Park – corner of Route 83 & 22nd Street.
Oswego Independence Day Fireworks
July 4, 2019 | 9:30 pm
Families spread out blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy fireworks in Prairie Point Park. See website for details about best spots to park in order to view the show.
A very safe and happy 4th of July from our Kidlist family to yours! Keep checking back throughout the summer for more great outdoor family fun.