Family-Friendly Weekend Events: July 1–4

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4th of July weekend is here, and absolutely packed with family-friendly fun! While it’s certainly a big weekend for backyard BBQs and pool parties, there’s more fun to be had. Celebrate America’s birthday with all things red, white and blue at Independence Day celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays. Don’t forget to tag us using the hashtag #sharekidlist while you’re out and about celebrating.

This weekend planner is sponsored by Rockin’ Rhapsody in Western Springs and the Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House.

Rockin’ Rhapsody in Western Springs

Flyer reads Save the Date! Rockin' Rhapsody will take place on Saturday, July 16, at Spring Rock Park! Featuring performances by Peach's Beach Party, Toxic Crayon, and Starlight City. Western Springs Park District logo and Donate to Ukraine flag.

Rockin’ Rhapsody
July 16, 2022 | 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Spring Rock Park
4400 Central Avenue
Western Springs, IL 60558

This free concert features three bands, including Peach’s Beach Party, Toxic Crayon and Starlight City. Wine and beer will be available for purchase with the proceeds going towards Ukraine Aid and Western Springs park improvements. Your kids can enjoy activities there too!

Fun Things To Do With Kids This Weekend and Beyond

Please check the details before you go to these events to ensure you know about registration requirements and additional safety measures to maximize your family’s fun. While we do our best to keep the most up-to-date information in our calendar, last minute location or time changes do happen.

Friday

Enjoy Kids Entertainment Series in Bloomingdale or cool off at Elmhurst Art Museum’s Free Day. At night, you can visit the animals and enjoy the first night of Brookfield Zoo’s new summer music series, Twilight Tunes.

Safety Town Open Road (Elmhurst)
July 1, 2022 | 9:00am – 10:30am
Register in advance.

Visit Your Local Park (Bolingbrook)
July 1, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:30pm

Take and Make Fridays (Brookfield Public Library)
July 1, 2022 | 10:00am – 6:00pm

Park-Hopper Storytime (Darien)
July 1, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:00am

Elmhurst Art Museum Free Day
July 1, 2022 | 11:00am – 5:00pm

Freedom Days (Lemont)
July 1, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Kids Entertainment Series (Bloomingdale)
July 1, 2022 | 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Tractor-Drawn Wagon Rides (St. James Farm, Warrenville)
July 1, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Moose Cruise Night and Friday Night Live (Downers Grove)
July 1, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Cruise Nights at the Sonic Drive-In (Villa Park)
July 1, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Family Float Night (Cypress Cove, Woodridge)
July 1, 2022 | 4:00pm – 6:00pm

Naperville Salute
July 1, 2022 | 4:30pm – 10:00pm

Food Truck Picnic at the Lake (Glen Ellyn)
July 1, 2022 | 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Parents Night Out (Geneva)
July 1, 2022 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Roselle Cruise Nights
July 1, 2022 | 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Twilight Tunes (Brookfield Zoo)
July 1, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Movies and Food Trucks: Spider Man: No Way Home (Geneva Commons)
July 1, 2022 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Movie In The Park: Paw Patrol: The Movie (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
July 1, 2022 | 8:30pm – 10:30pm

Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House

Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House
Wednesday, July 13, 2022 | 6:30pm – 8:00pm
750 Pasquinelli Drive #204
Westmont, IL 60559
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Join us Wednesday, July 13th from 6:30pm-8:00 PM for Hummingbird Pediatric Therapies’ Children’s Academy Open House. We are a one-of-a-kind therapeutic enrichment program in Westmont. Parents can learn about the academy, tour our facility and meet our amazing team of therapists. Our Academy serves as a preschool for littles or complements school schedules for older kids.

Attendees will also have a chance to win fun family giveaways, including mini golf or aquatic park passes.

About our Academy:

  • Play-based curriculum
  • Run by pediatric specialists and therapists
  • Ages 2-7 years old
  • 9-month school year academy
  • Complements school schedule for older children
  • Small class sizes
  • Builds social emotional development, problem solving & more

Sign up for our Academy Open House here!

Saturday

Kick off your 4th of July fun at the Naperville Salute, with both a Family Fun Area and Family Fun Tent running all weekend long. Outdoor adventures include a visit to Kline Creek Farm for Picnicking for the Glorious Fourth, or Storytime in the Garden at Serenity Park in Berwyn.

Yoga on the Green (Burr Ridge)
July 2, 2022 | 8:30am – 9:30am

Home Depot Workshop (check your local store)
July 2, 2022 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

Naperville Salute
July 2, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Wheaton Makers Market (Wheaton Nurseries)
July 2, 2022 | 10:00am – 2:00pm

Carol Stream 4th of July Parade
July 2, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Star Spangled Storytime (Glen Ellyn Public Library)
July 2, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:00am

Storytime in the Garden (Serenity Park, Berwyn Public Library)
July 2, 2022 | 10:30am – 11:30am

Picnicking for the Glorious Fourth (Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago)
July 2, 2022 | 1:30pm – 3:30pm

Twilight Tunes (Brookfield Zoo)
July 2, 2022 | 6:00pm – 8:00pm

Cruise Nights and Summer Concert Series (Lombard)
July 2, 2022 | 6:00pm – 10:00pm

Independence Day Fireworks (Navy Pier, Chicago)
July 2, 2022 | 10:00pm – 10:30pm

Sunday

Soak in the sweet sounds of summer at Oak Park’s Summer Concerts in the Park or Cantigny Park’s Outdoor Concert in Wheaton, or get in the spirit with many fireworks displays happening Sunday night.

Naperville Salute
July 3, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Bartlett Lions’ 4th of July Parade
July 3, 2022 | 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Sunday Makebreak (Michael’s Craft Stores)
July 3, 2022 | 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Outdoor Concert (Cantigny Park, Wheaton)
July 3, 2022 | 3:00pm – 5:00pm

Taste of Oak Brook
July 3, 2022 | 3:00pm – 9:00pm

Independence Day Extravaganza (Lemont)
July 3, 2022 | 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Willowbrook Happy Hour (Willowbrook Wildlife Center, Glen Ellyn)
July 3, 2022 | 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Warrenville 4th of July Festivities
July 3, 2022 | 5:00pm – 11:00pm

Independence Day Celebration (Wheaton)
July 3, 2022 | 5:30pm – 9:30pm

Independence Day Fireworks (Burr Ridge)
July 3, 2022 | 5:30pm – 10:00pm

Summer Concerts in the Park (Oak Park)
July 3, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

July 4th Fireworks Display (Naperville)
July 3, 2022 | 9:15pm – 10:00pm

4th of July Fireworks (Lisle)
July 3, 2022 | 9:30pm – 10:00pm

Romeoville’s Fourth of July Fireworks
July 3, 2022 | 9:30pm

Monday

Stretch your legs at Glen Ellyn’s Freedom Four 4Mile Run, Riverside’s Friends of the Fourth 5K, or the Firecracker 5k in Warrenville. We hope the rest of your day is filled with parades, good food, quality time with loved ones, and of course, fireworks!

July 4th Celebration and Fireworks (St. Charles)
July 4, 2022 | all day, with fireworks at dark

Freedom Four 4Mile Run (Glen Ellyn)
July 4, 2022 | 7:30am

Friends of the Fourth 5K (Riverside)
July 4, 2022 | 7:30am – 9:00am

Firecracker 5k (Warrenville)
July 4, 2022 | 8:00am – 10:00am

4th of July Parade and Festival in the Park (Riverside)
July 4, 2022 | 8:45am – 10:00am

Fourth of July Parade, Concert, and Fireworks (Elgin)
July 4, 2022 | 9:00am – 9:30pm

Independence Day Celebration (Yorkville)
July 4, 2022 | 9:00am – 10:00pm

4th of July Parade (Darien)
July 4, 2022 | 9:30am – 10:30am

Fourth of July Festivities (Hinsdale)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 4:00pm

4th of July Parade (Lisle)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Independence Day Parade (Wheaton)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Independence Day Parade (Villa Park)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

Aurora 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am

4th of July Parade (South Elgin)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

LibertyFest (Bensenville)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

Naperville Salute
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

July 4th Parade (Oak Park)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

4th of July Parade (Westchester)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

Story Time at Kline Creek Farm (West Chicago)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 12:00pm

4th of July Parade & Party in the Park (Brookfield)
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 10:00pm

North Riverside 4th of July Parade
July 4, 2022 | 10:00am – 11:00am

4th of July at the Pool (Clarendon Hills)
July 4, 2022 | 11:30am – 5:00pm

Chicago History Museum Illinois Resident Free Day (Chicago)
July 4, 2022 | 12:00pm – 5:00pm

Glen Ellyns 4th of July Parade and Fireworks
July 4, 2022 | 12:00pm – 9:00pm

Warrenville 4th of July Festivities
July 4, 2022 | 12:00pm – 9:30pm

4th of July Celebration (Glendale Heights)
July 4, 2022 | 12:00pm – 6:00pm

Independence Day Parade (Downers Grove)
July 4, 2022 | 1:00pm – 2:30pm

4th of July Festivities and Fireworks (Bolingbrook)
July 4, 2022 | 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Picnic, Concert and Fireworks (Oakbrook Terrace)
July 4, 2022 | 3:00pm – 10:00pm

Independence Day Celebration (Westmont)
July 4, 2022 | kicks off at 4:00pm

Cruise Nights at the Sonic Drive-In (Villa Park)
July 4, 2022 | 4:00pm – 8:00pm

Monday Miles (Oswego)
July 4, 2022 | 6:00pm – 7:30pm

North Riverside July 4th Celebration
July 4, 2022 | 6:30pm – 9:00pm

Aurora 4th of July Fireworks
July 4, 2022 | 7:00pm – 10:00pm

Fourth of July Fireworks ( Lombard)
July 4, 2022, 8:30pm – 9:30pm

July 4th Fireworks (Downers Grove)
July 4, 2022 | 9:30pm

Independence Day Fireworks (Oswego)
July 4, 2022 | 9:30pm

Want to look ahead to next week?

Check out all the family-friendly events happening in your neighborhood and beyond on our events calendar!

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We hope you found some family-friendly fun in our list of weekend events in the western suburbs of Chicago! This list is updated every week and sent out in the Kidlist emails. (Click here to sign up if you haven’t already.)

We love local businesses, libraries, park districts, villages, and organizations- they plan great events for all of us to enjoy. If you are hosting an event or know of an event that should be on our list, click here to submit it to the Kidlist calendar!

We strive to be the most comprehensive source for family fun, which is why you’ll always see so many weekend events listed. It would definitely be easier to just list the details for a few events and call them “the best weekend events for families”, but we recognize that everyone has different interests. Not to mention, sometimes I’m in the mood to go to a huge festival, and sometimes I’d rather go to a low key storytime at the library. I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that way. That’s why we work hard and spend a lot of time to find everything going on in our area so you don’t have to!

We hope you find it helpful and we are open to suggestions. The Kidlist Team always talks about how we can improve and evolve to meet your needs, so let us know!

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