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Where to see 4th of July fireworks in Chicago

From the lakefront all the way out to the suburbs, Chicago's July 4th fireworks fill the sky all weekend long

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Emma Krupp
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After the most low-key 4th of July in recent history last year, we're looking forward to something a lot closer to normal in 2021—and that means many of Chicagoland's long-running fireworks shows are returning to the skies for the holiday weekend. We'll get the bad news out of the way first: Navy Pier's iconic Independence Day show isn't happening this year (though you can still check out twice-weekly fireworks displays at the Pier throughout the whole summer). Still, several of Chicago's nearby suburbs have announced plans to move forward with their fireworks shows and the City of Chicago is hosting its own lakefront show on July 3. We'll keep this list updated with all the spots you can catch glittering fireworks in and around Chicago in 2021. Remember to pack a blanket and check out city websites for safety guidelines before heading out!

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Fourth of July fireworks around Chicago

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Kick off 4th of July celebrations in Glen Ellyn with a parade at noon, which starts downtown and makes its way to Lake Ellyn Park. The fireworks begin at dusk, so stake out a spot early (you can set out you blanket beginning at 6am, so long as you don't use rocks or stakes to hold it down) and settle in for a show. Lake Ellyn Park. July 4 at dusk; free.

Ubiquitous ’80s cover band Sixteen Candles headlines this yearly fest, with an opening performance from local rockers Hello Weekend. Dance your heart out before fireworks start at 9:40pm. A note: The event is limited to 4,000 people this year, so grab your tickets sooner rather than later. Deerpath Community Park. July 4, Gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 9:40pm; $30, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents $20, kids 5 and under free.

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Catch two rounds of half-hour fireworks shows beginning at 9pm as part of the Independence Day celebrations put on by the local Lions Club, with one display on June 30 and another July 4. Folks can also enjoy a packed roster of events in between the fireworks, from tribute band performances (like local favorites Seventh Heaven) to carnival games. Melas Park June 30 and July 4 at 9pm; free.

Fireworks are the send-off event for The Naperville Salute, a veteran-focused festival that celebrates Independence Day over the course of three days with food, live music and games. Sunday's fireworks show is set to begin at dusk. Frontier Park July 4 at dusk; free.

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Rosemont's Rockin in the Park summer concert series doesn't feature a July 4 show, but you can watch Super Diamond (a pre-1982 Neil Diamond cover group) and blues rock band The West Side Winders tear up the stage on July 2; afterwards, a fireworks display will light up the sky. Check out the Rockin in the Park event page for a full schedule of shows that will feature fireworks this summer. Parkway Bank Park. July 2, 7–10pm; free.

Unlike most suburbs, Wheaton's 4th of July fireworks take place on July 3. Show up to Graf Park at 5:30pm for lawn games, music, concessons and giveaways; the fireworks will take to the skies starting at 9pm. Keep the celebrations going the next morning at the city's parade in downtown Wheaton, which steps off at 11am. Graf Park. July 3 at 9pm; free.

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Glenview is shaking things up this year with a "reverse" parade at Community Park West, where folks can drive through a display of decorated floats starting at noon on July 4. Later, head to Gallery Park at 5:30pm for a DJ-led dance party, followed by a 26-minute fireworks display synchronized to music. Gallery Park. July 4 at 9:15pm; free.

It might be your last opportunity to catch fireworks at Arlington Heights Racetrack, the suburban horse racing course that's likely in its last season. Reserved tickets are available at locations throughout the park on Fireworks Day, from the Miller Lite Beer Garden to various tented locations. Arlington Park Racetrack. July 3 at 9pm; $37–$100

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You can watch Aurora's 4th of July fireworks from either RiverEdge Park or McCullough Park, where DJs will spin tunes from 7pm onward—get there when gates open to secure your spot. RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park. July 2 at dusk; free.

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