Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier
9:30 p.m. July 4, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave. Free. 312-595-7437.
Patriotic music complements a 15-minute display. Watch from the lakefront or aboard one of many fireworks cruises available.
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Aurora Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 4, 360 N. Broadway Ave., RiverEdge Park. Free. 630-844-4731.
This Fourth of July event features a fireworks show. The show is part of Aurora's Fourth of July Celebration, with a live performance by Bruce in the USA from 6-8:30 p.m. and the Fox Valley Orchestra from 8:30-9:15 p.m. Shuttles are available.
Batavia Fourth of July Festival
5 p.m. July 4, 327 W. Wilson St., Engstrom Park. Free.
This Independence Day event will feature food vendors and the fireworks display will begin at 9:30 p.m.
Bensenville Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m. July 4, Redmond Park, 735 E. Jefferson St. Free. 630-766-8888.
An evening display caps off a day of festivities, including Bensenville’s 12th annual Independence Day parade (10 a.m., 12 Center St.); the party continues in Redmond Park at 1 p.m. with food, beer and live music.
Darien Fourth of July
9:30 a.m., July 4, 75th Street between Clarendon Hills Road and Adams Street. Free. 630-852-5000.
Watch the annual Fourth of July parade, presented by the Darien Lions Club, which steps off at Hinsdale South High School (7401 Clarendon Hills Rd.), proceeds west along 75th Street and ends at Eisenhower Junior High School. No fireworks.
Burr Ridge Fourth of July Festival
5:30 p.m., July 3, 7425 Wolf Rd. Free.
Pleasant Dale Park District hosts a family-friendly Fourth of July event. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Downers Grove July 4 Parade
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4 at 75th street and Lemont Road. Parade at 1 p.m. July 4, 4436 Main St., Downers Grove North High School. Free.
The annual parade proceeds south on Main Street to Warren Avenue. Afterward head to Fishel Park for a concert from cover band HindSight and food and drinks sold by Lemon Tree Grocers. A fireworks display at 75th Street and Lemont Road starts at 9:30 p.m.
Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Fireworks
Fireworks at dusk July 4 at Lake Ellyn. Parade at Noon July 4, 400 N. Main St. Downtown Glen Ellyn. Free. 630-469-5000.
Celebrate Independence Day with a festive parade at noon and a fireworks display at dusk. Throughout the afternoon, families can head to Lake Ellyn for a festival ($3 suggested donation) that features live music, carnival rides, games, food, face painting and more.
Forest Park Fourth of July
5 p.m., July 3, 7501 Harrison St. Free. 708-366-7500.
The Park District of Forest Park hosts this year’s Independence Day celebration on the Par District’s grounds. Festivities include a food court, a DJ (5-8 p.m.) and live music from the band Final Say (8:30-10:30 p.m.). No fireworks.
Hinsdale Fourth of July Celebration
10 a.m. July 4, 30 E. Chicago Ave., Burlington Park. Free. 630-789-7000.
This family festival will feature music, food vendors, carnival games, crafts, inflatables and more. The parade step off is at 10 a.m. at Sixth and Garfield Streets going north.
6 p.m., July 4, Thorndale Avenue and Route 53. Free; parking costs $20 per car. 630-773-0835.
Celebrate Independence Day with live music from Pat McKillen (6 p.m.) and cover band Maggie Speaks (8 p.m.), plus a beer tent and food vendors from local restaurants. A 25-minute fireworks display rounds out the night, starting about 9:45 p.m.
Lisle Fourth of July
11 a.m., July 4, parade starting point: Jonquil Avenue and Main Street. Free. 630-271-4100.
Lisle’s Independence Day parade wraps up at Village Hall, 925 Burlington Ave. Additional activities include a bike-decorating contest and ice cream social at Lisle Heritage Society. See nightly fireworks July 3-6 (9:45 p.m.) as part of the annual Eyes to the Skies Festival at Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short St. Admission to the festival costs $5. More information: 630-541-6095.
Taste of Lombard
Fireworks at dusk July 4. Festival begins July 2, 5 p.m. continues through July 6; 600 E. Madison St., Madison Meadow Park. Admission: $3. 630-375-7474.
The annual patriotic festival features two stages for music, carnival rides, food from local vendors, a fireworks display on July 4 and more. Country singer Keith Anderson headlines on July 5, followed by Local H on July 6.
Naperville Ribfest 2013
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Festival begins July 3 and continues through July 7 at Knoch Park, 700 S. West St., $12-$15; Free for children 11 and under. 630-779-2702.
Taste ribs from more than 10 different vendors — such as Howling Coyote BBQ and Smokin' Joes Hog Wild BBQ — while participating in family activities, watching fireworks (July 4 at 9:30 p.m.) and listening to live music. Families with children can enjoy carnival rides and games on July 5 and July 7 from noon to 4 p.m. Musical acts include STYX, Casey James and Love and Theft, Rick Springfield and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
Oak Brook Fourth of July Fireworks
July 3, Village of Oak Brook Polo Grounds, 700 Oak Brook Rd. Free. 630-368-5005.
A display at dusk wraps up the Taste of Oak Brook (4-9 p.m.), which includes food from local restaurants and live music. Kids activities include a petting zoo, balloon artists and face painting.
Oak Park/River Forest Fourth of July
10 a.m. July 4, 201 N. Scoville Ave., Oak Park and River Forest High School. Free. 708-524-0273.
Head to Longfellow Park for a morning parade at 10 a.m. followed by a nighttime fireworks display in the town's high school football stadium at dusk.
St. Charles Fourth of July Fireworks
4 p.m. July 4, Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave. Free. 630-513-6200.
Independence Day celebrations kick off with a performance from the Fox Valley Concert Band in the pavilion (4-5:30 p.m.), followed by classic rock and alternative hits from Red Woody (6 p.m.). Fireworks begin at dusk and can be best viewed at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park (Route 31, east of Wildrose Springs Drive).
Villa Park Fourth of July
Noon, July 4, Trinity Lutheran Church, 300 S. Ardmore Ave. Free. 630-834-8500.
The parade formation begins at 10:30 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church and steps off at noon. It travels west on Central to Harvard, south on Harvard to Madison, east on Madison to Summit, north on Summit to Park and west on Park to Ardmore. No fireworks.
Warrenville Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Cerny Park, River Road and Forest View Drive. Free. 630-393-9427.
A fireworks display caps off a two-day celebration. Festivities on July 4 include the Firecracker 5K (8 a.m. at the Warrenville Park District Recreation Center; $25), and kids races and baseball games at the park (9 a.m.-noon), followed by an afternoon of activities and music. A children’s parade steps off at noon at St. Irene Church, Warren Avenue and Warrenville Road.
Westmont Fourth of July Fireworks
4 p.m., July 4, Ty Warner Park, Plaza and Blackhawk Drives. Free. 630-969-8080.
Celebrate Independence Day with an afternoon of festivities (4-9:15 p.m.), including a petting zoo, face painting, balloon sculptors and a watermelon-eating contest. Local restaurants offer food for purchase. The Grand Ave. Big Band performs prior to the fireworks display.
Wheaton Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m., July 3, Graf Park, 1855 Manchester Rd. Free. 630-682-7343.
Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. and include concessions, kids rides and inflatables and a DJ. Holiday events continue July 4 with a parade in downtown Wheaton that steps off at 10 a.m.
Woodridge Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m. July 4, 1535 75th St., Zigfield Troy Golf. Free. 630-985-9860.
The village celebrates Independence Day with a fireworks display at dusk.
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Bolingbrook Fourth of July Celebration
8 a.m. July 4, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook Golf Course. Free.
This Fourth of July event will include kids activities, music, food for purchase and fireworks starting at dusk.
Frankfort Fourth of July Festival
5 p.m. July 4, 200 S. Locust St. Free.
Activities and games will be available at this family Independence Day event. Guests can purchase a wristband for rides for $10. Fireworks will begin at dusk. Live band from 7:30 to 9 p.m.
Joliet Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Joliet Memorial Stadium. Free. 815-727-5371.
The evening’s program begins at 5 p.m. and includes the Joliet Police Drum and Bugle Corps. and a special performance from singer Tasha Menard at 8:30 p.m. Fireworks round out the night.
Mokena Fourth of July
July 4, Main Park, 10925 W. La Porte Rd. Free. 708-479-3900.
Independence Day activities include a parade (10 a.m.) stepping off at La Porte and Wolf Roads. Fireworks set to music start at dusk.
New Lenox Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m., July 4, Commons behind Village Hall, 1 Veterans Pkwy. Free. 815-462-6400.
In addition to the fireworks display, two bands play at approximately 7 and 8 p.m.
Orland Park Fourth of July Celebration
9:15 p.m. July 4, 15600 West Ave. Free.
Enjoy live entertainment provided by Final Say. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m.
Palos Heights Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m., July 3, Lake Katherine, 7402 Lake Katherine Drive. Free. 708-361-1800.
Watch a lakeside display the night before Independence Day. Additional festivities take place July 3 at Memorial Park (Rt. 83 and 76th Avenue) from 4 p.m.-midnight; a July 4 parade along Harlem Avenue (126th Street to Rt. 83) starts at noon.
Plainfield Fourth of July Fireworks
July 3, Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive. Free. 815-436-8812.
A display at dusk concludes an evening of patriotic fun beginning at 5 p.m. Activities include a bike parade around the school campus (6 p.m. step off), an inflatable obstacle course, face painting and a DJ. The Plainfield Central Athletics Booster Club provides concessions. Alcohol is not permitted.
Romeoville Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m., July 3, Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Rd. Free. 815-886-6222.
Prior to a fireworks display, enjoy activities, food and a live band at Deer Crossing Park (1050 W. Romeo Rd.) from 7-9:15 p.m.
Tinley Park Fourth of July
8 a.m. July 4, 16801 S. 80th Ave., McCarthy Park. Free. 708-342-4200.
Celebrate Independence Day with day-long activities, such as a Stars and Stripes 5K, bingo, crafts, live entertainment and a fireworks show at 9 p.m.
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Fourth of July Fireworks at Arlington Park Racecourse
1 p.m. July 4, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Park Racecourse. $15 adults; $2 children. 847-385-7500.
Enjoy a day of horse racing, live music and kids activities. The first 5,000 in attendance receive a special gift and the first 1,000 kids get a complimentary Firecracker Popsicle. The evening culminates with a large fireworks display.
Bartlett Fourth of July
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Festival July 3-7, 700 S. Bartlett Rd., Bartlett Park District. Free.
The town celebrates Independence Day all weekend long, with a carnival, a food and beer tent, bingo and live music Wednesday through Sunday. Don't miss a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. on July Fourth and a parade at 1 p.m. on July 7.
Buffalo Grove Fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 4, 651 Old Checker Road.
The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band performs a pre-fireworks concert beginning at 7 p.m., followed by the annual fireworks display at 9:15 p.m.
Cary Fourth of July
7:30 p.m., July 3, Lions Park, 1170 Silver Lake Rd. 847-639-6100. Free.
The town celebrates Independence Day with live music from cover band Spoken Four at 7:30 p.m., followed by a fireworks display.
Crystal Lake Fourth of July Fireworks
Dusk, July 7, main beach at Crystal Lake, 300 Lakeshore Drive. Free. 815- 459-2020.
A display lights up the sky over Crystal Lake starting at dusk. The Crystal Lake Community Band with Voices in Harmony provides accompaniment.
Elgin Fourth of July
9 a.m., July 4, parade starting point: Slade and Douglas Avenues. Free. 847-488-1456.
Elgin’s Downtown Neighborhood Association hosts this year’s Independence Day parade. After the starting point, the parade continues south through downtown, ending at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues. No fireworks.
Fox River Grove Fourth of July Fireworks
July 6, Picnic Grove Park on Birch Lane. Free. 847-639-3170.
The party kicks off with live music by Marty Monti and Rick Cornwall (6 p.m.), plus food and drink vendors. Fireworks round out the night.
Northwest Fourth-Fest, Hoffman Estates
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4. Festival July 3-July 7, 5333 Prairie Stone Pkwy., The Sears Centre. 630-328-1222.
The Village of Hoffman Estates is partnering with the City of Elgin, the Village of Hanover Park and Hanover Township to host a huge Fourth of July bash. The parade kicks off at 9 a.m. on July 4 and the fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. A kids' carnival, food vendors, live music, activities like bingo and bags take place over the course of the festival.
Huntley Fourth of July
8 a.m., July 6, Coral Street between Church and Woodstock Streets. Free. 847-515-5200.
The village of Huntley hosts its All American Family Fun Day on Coral Street with a farmers market, craft fair, moon bounce and live entertainment. Fireworks have been postponed until Labor Day weekend.
McHenry Fourth of July Fireworks
July 6, Petersen Park, 4300 Peterson Park Rd. Free, parking costs $6. 815-363-2100.
Fireworks light the sky starting at dusk. Gates open at 4 p.m.; live music is also featured.
Mount Prospect Fourth of July Fireworks
9 p.m. July 4, 1326 W. Central Road, Melas Park. Free.
This Fourth of July event will feature a fireworks show to commemorate our nation's independence. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest
Fireworks at dusk July 5. Festival July 3-July 7, Community Park.
This patriotic festival, presented by Palatine Park District and the Village of Palatine, will benefit many different organizations in the community. The festival includes a carnival, entertainment, food and beverage vendors, a parade, arts/crafts expo and fireworks. The fireworks display will be at 9 p.m or dusk on Friday, July 5.
9:15 p.m. July 4, 880 S. Park Blvd. Free.
Rain date is July 5.
Woodstock Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, 900 W. South St., Emricson Park. Free.
Fireworks begin at dusk.
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Antioch Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m. July 4, 741 Main St., Free. 847-395-2160.
This Fourth of July event will feature a fireworks show. Fireworks begin at dusk.
Deerfield Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 3, Brickyard Park, Fountain View Drive. Free. 847.848.3048.
A fireworks display the night before Independence Day rounds out Deerfield Family Day fun beginning at 5 p.m. The 50th annual festival includes food vendors, live entertainment, a silent auction and more. On July 4, the festival moves to Jewett Park (Park Avenue and Jewett Park Drive) from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Fox Lake Fourth of July Celebration
July 6, Grand Avenue and Rollins Road. Free. 847-587-3944.
A parade kicks off at 10 a.m. Enjoy arts and crafts show, games, food, raffles and live entertainment. On Sunday there will also be a pie and ice cream social from noon to 3 p.m. at 411 Washington St.
Highland Park Fourth of July Celebration
6 p.m. July 4, 1801 Sunset Road, Wolters Field. Free.
This patriotic event will feature music, food and a patriotic celebration at Highland Park's annual Fourth Fest.
Lake Bluff Fourth of July
July 4, parade starting point: Oak Avenue at East Center Avenue. Free. 847-234-0774.
Lake Bluff’s 103rd annual Fourth of July Parade steps off at 10 a.m., ending at Lake Bluff Middle School, 31 E. Sheridan Pl. Additional festivities include the Kiwanis Club’s pancake breakfast (6:30 a.m.) and a children’s parade (9:50 a.m.). No fireworks.
Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks
6 p.m. July 4, 400 Hastings Road, Deerpath Community Park. $10-$15; free for children ages 5 and younger. Parking costs $20-$50. 847-234-2600.
Dennis DeYoung of Styx headlines the annual event, which culminates in a fireworks display. Festivities include food vendors, a beer garden and kids activities.
Lake Zurich Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Paulus Park on Whitney Road. Residents and beach pass holders: $2; free for kids ages 17 and under; non-residents: $7; free for ages 3 and under. 847-438-5141.
A fireworks show illuminates the shores of Lake Zurich. Additional holiday festivities: the Taste of Summer (11 a.m.) and live music from College of Lake County’s StateLine band (3:15-5:30 p.m.). Beach and park open at 9 a.m.
Libertyville Fourth of July fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 4, 810 Lake St., Butler Lake Park. Free.
Music by the Libertyville Band accompanies the display.
Lincolnshire Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Spring Lake Park at Oxford and Lincolnshire Drives. Free. 847-615-9209.
The Lincolnshire Community Associations finishes its annual Red, White and Boom! Independence Day celebration (July 3-4) with fireworks at dusk. Added attractions during the festival include carnival rides, an antique car show, live music, food and beer.
Mundelein Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m. July 4, 1401 N. Midlothian Road, Free. 847-949-3200.
The annual display runs in conjunction with the Mundelein Community Days Festival.
Round Lake Fourth of July Celebration
6 p.m. July 4, 2007 Civic Center Way, Round Lake Beach Cultural & Civic Center, Free. 847-201-9032.
Enjoy family activities, live music and more at this annual event. The fireworks will begin at dusk.
Vernon Hills Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m. July 4, Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Pkwy. Free. 847-367-3725.
A parade kicks off the celebrations at 8:45 a.m. at Deerpath Subdivision (Atrium Drive across from Countryside Fire Department). Enjoy live music at Century Park (6:30-9:30 p.m.) followed by a lakeside display over Big Bear and Little Bear lakes.
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Des Plaines Fourth of July Parade
10 a.m. July 4, Center Street, between Thacker and Oakton Streets. Free. 847-321-0583.
Starting at 10 a.m. Des Plaines hosts its 12th annual Fourth of July parade, which steps off at Center Street and proceeds north towards downtown. No fireworks.
Evanston Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m. July 4, 1811 Sheridan Road, Clark Street Beach. Free.
Enjoy a fireworks display on the beach, which can be viewed from anywhere east of downtown Evanston.
Glencoe Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Glencoe Beach on Hazel Avenue. Free. 847-835-4111.
Fireworks over Lake Michigan round out a full day of activities, including the village parade at 2 p.m. (starting point: 620 Greenwood Ave.) and the Glencoe’s Got Talent event at 3 p.m. at Wyman Green (675 Village Ct.). A beach party starts at 6 p.m. and features a barbecue and live
Glenview Fourth of July Celebration
11 a.m. July 4, 800 Shermer Road. Free.
This Fourth of July event will feature a parade at 11:15 a.m. The party will continue at the Twilight Show, which will include a patriotic concert by the 100-piece North Shore Concert Band. Fireworks will be included in the concert.
Morton Grove Fourth of July Fireworks
Dusk July 4, American Legion Memorial Civic Center, 6140 Dempster St. Free. 847-965-4100.
A holiday display at dusk is part of the Morton Grove Days Commission Festival (July 3-6), featuring a carnival, live entertainment and kids activities. The carnival opens at 5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday; 2 p.m. Saturday. A July 4 parade begins at 2:30 p.m.
Niles Fourth of July Parade
9 a.m., July 4. Notre Dame College Prep, 7655 W. Dempster St. Free. 847-588-8000.
A holiday parade steps off at Notre Dame and ends in Grennan Heights Park (8255 N. Oketo Ave.), where festivities continue with live music, face painting and pony rides until 2:30 p.m. No fireworks.
Northbrook Fourth of July Celebration
7 a.m. July 4, 1320 Shermer Road, Village Green Park.
This event includes a full day of activities for patriots of all ages, including a bike parade, softball game, music and food. Check the event website for the full schedule. Fireworks will be held at dusk at Meadowhill Park.
Northfield Fourth of July Celebration
10 a.m., July 4, Willow Park, 401 Wagner Road. Free. 847-446-4428.
A bike parade kicks off festivities at 9:45 a.m. (line up at Somerset Lane and Old Willow Road). At the park, families can enjoy amusement rides, concessions, face painting, relay races and more until 1 p.m. No fireworks.
Park Ridge Fourth of July Fireworks
9:15 p.m., July 3, Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster St. Free. 847-692-5127.
A music-filled evening begins at 6:30 p.m. with an interactive dance party and DJ, followed by an orchestra performance at 8 p.m. Stick around for a fireworks display. Alcohol is not permitted.
Skokie Parade and 3D Fireworks Fest
Noon July 4, 5701 Oakton St., Niles West High School. Free.
This annual Independence Day celebration begins with the parade at noon which is held in downtown Skokie. Niles West High School hosts food, drinks and music from 5 p.m. until dusk. A 3D fireworks display begins at dusk.
Wilmette Fourth of July Fireworks
9:30 p.m., July 3, Gilson Park, Michigan Avenue and Sheridan Road. Free. 847-256-7908.
An entertainment-filled evening kicks off at 4:30 p.m. and features live music and performers, plus carnival games and rides. Tastefest features food from local restaurants, and the Palatine Concert Band performs at 7:30 p.m. at the Wallace Bowl. View a lakeside fireworks display between the Pier and Wilmette Harbor.
Winnetka Fourth of July Fireworks
July 4, Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Rd. Free. 847-501-5779.
An Independence Day parade kicks off at 10 a.m. from the intersection of Elm Street and Glendale Avenue and heads east to the Village Green. A flag-raising ceremony and family races follow the parade at Village Green at 11 a.m. Prior to a fireworks display, Fourthfest begins at 6 p.m. at Duke Childs Field, and features face painters, balloonists, live music and food for purchase.
-- Compiled by Scott Sutton and Lauren Comitor and submissions to MetromixChicago.com.