Chicago area fireworks

Where to catch the best Fourth of July pyrotechnic displays

Aurora Independence Day Parade
South River and West Benton Sts. | Aurora
July 3, 9:15am

Downers Grove Independence Day Parade
Main St. and Warren St. | Downers Grove
July 4 Parade at 12:45pm, fireworks at 7:30pm

 Glen Ellyn 4th of July Fireworks
Lake Ellyn Park | Glen Ellyn

July 4, Dusk
Bring your blanket for a traditional fireworks display. Visit for information on special "Boomer Booster Seats" on the Lake Ellyn boathouse dock.

Glenview Fourth of July Celebration
Glenview Park Golf Club | Glenview
July 4, Parade at 11am, fireworks at 7:30pm
On the beautiful grounds of the Glenview Park Golf Club, the twilight fireworks show begins with a patriotic concert by the 100-piece North Shore Concert Band. For more info, call 847-724-5670.

Highland Park Fourth Fest
Sunset Woods Park | Highland Park
July 4, 11am–2pm
Featuring carnival games, inflatable, train and pony rides, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.

Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Festival
Hassell Road | Hoffman Estates
June 30–July 4: 6 pm-10pm Thursday and Friday; 1 pm-11 pm Saturday; 11:30 am-11 pm Sunday; 8:45 am-10 pm Monday
A five-day Fourth fest in Hoffman Estates. Parade is Monday 4 at 9am along Hassell Road. Carnival runs 11am-10pm, and the fireworks will start at 9:30pm.

Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks
Deer Path Park | Lake Forest
July 4, 3–10pm
Event features food, a beer garden, live music, and activities for kids and fireworks display.

Eyes to the Skies Balloon Festival
Community Park | Lisle
June 29–July 4. Carnival runs June 29–July 3, 2011; festival runs July 1–4. Visit website for full schedule of events.
This festival features hot air balloon launches, as well as musical entertainment, a special kids' area, an arts and crafts fair, fireworks, a large carnival and an assortment of daily events.

Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks
Plainfield Central High School | Plainfield

July 3, 5 pm–9:30pm

Rockford Fourth of July Celebration and Fireworks
Davis Park | Rockford
, IL
July 4, gates open at 3pm; fireworks start at 9:30pm.

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