Free Fireworks in Chicago Area – 2010

In an effort to bring the City of Chicago’s Independence Day celebration to even more neighborhoods, the NEW Chicago Fourth of July fireworks show on Sunday July 4 features displays on Chicago’s north and south sides, in addition to downtown. There will be NO traditional July 3 Independence Eve fireworks presentation in the downtown area and there will be NO Saturday, July 3 fireworks at Navy Pier.

Rather, three simultaneous fireworks shows will light up the lakefront at three separate locations, including Navy Pier on Sunday, July 4.  Navy Pier will launch downtown’s fireworks at 9 p.m. on July 4. Simultaneous fireworks shows will launch on the north side lakefront, with prime viewing from Foster to Montrose, and on the south side lakefront, with prime viewing from 63rd Street to Promontory Point.

Navy Pier — Sunday, July 4, 2010, 9:00pm at Navy Pierfireworks in chicago
Address: Lakefront, Chicago, IL | Cost: Free

Montrose Beach — Sunday, July 4, 2010, 9:00pm
Address: 4400 N. Lake Shore Drive  Chicago, IL | Cost: Free

63rd Street Beach — Sunday, July 4, 2010, 9:00pm
Address: 6300 S. Lake Shore Drive Chicago, IL 60637 | Cost: Free

Other Chicago area fireworks celebrations:

Evanston – Evanston 2010 musical fireworks extravaganza will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston.

7:30 pm to 9:00 pm – Twilight Concert
9:15 pm – Lakefront Fireworks

Sunday, July 4, 2010, 7:30pm at Evanston Beach
Address: Church street and Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL | Cost: Free

July 4 – Winnetka The 4th of July Parade startss at 1:00 p.m. from Elm and Glendale Streets and head east to the Village Green. Fun activities include a children’s flag parade and family activities at the Village Green starting at 2:00 p.m. Fourth fest begins at Duke Childs Field at 6:30 p.m. with lots of fun family activities. The night concludes with a concert featuring the music of Mind’s I at 7:00 pm. followed by the fireworks spectacular show on the North Shore at 9:15 p.m.

Arlington Heights – Arlington Heights Frontier Days Festival in downtown Arlington Heights runs from July 1-5, 2010. Arlington Heights Frontier Days celebrates 4th of July. Arlington Park Race Track offers 4th of July activities from July 2-5. The fireworks show at Arlington Park is on Saturday, July 3 at 9:30. Due to the popularity of the event, they suggest that people get to the park by 6:00 p.m. To see the fireworks from within the park. The gates close at 6:45.

Saturday, July 3 at 9:30pm at Arlington Park
Address: Church street and Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL | Cost: Free

Glenview – Come out and at the 2010 Glenview Independence Day Celebration on Monday, July 5 and be part of a 40+ year long Glenview tradition that builds memories for families and brings our community together for one glorious summer day of celebration and fun!!!  Glenview will be celebrating Independence Day on Monday, July 5. led by a bike parade at 11:00 a.m, then the main parade at 11:30 a.m. The Twilight show on the grounds of Glenview Park Golf Club (800 Shermer Rd.) begins at 7:30 p.m. with a patriotic concert by the 100 piece North Shore Concert Band, followed by the free fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.

Monday, July 5 at 7:30pm at Glenview Park Golf Club
Address: Glenview Park Golf Club – 800 Shermer Rd., Glenview IL | Cost: Free

Lake Forest Fireworks and Festival

Includes food vendors, a beer garden, live music from Sixteen Candles (6 p.m.) and KC & the Sunshine Band (8 p.m.), kids’ activities and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 4, 2010, 9:30pm at Deerpath Community Park
Address:  400 Hastings Rd. Lake Forest, IL 60045

July 4 – Oakbrook Terrace Fireworks
Terrace View Park – 1 Parkview Plaza – Oakbrook Terrace – July 4 : 9:30 p.m.

July 4 Naperville Ribfest Knoch Park – 700 S. West St. – Naperville
Features live music on two stages, 4th of July fireworks (9:30 p.m.)

July 3 – Oak Brook Oak Brook Polo Club, 700 Oak Brook Rd, 630-368-5000, 9pm. Free, parking $10.

July 3 – Wilmette – Wilmette Gillson Park, Michigan Ave at Sheridan Rd, 847-256-6100, 9:30pm. Free.

July 4 – SkokieThe Skokie 4th of July parade starts at noon on Sunday. Sunday night there is a concert and picnic at Niles West High School, with the music starting at 6:00 p.m. with world music band Old Tapo ImI, followed by cover band Final Day. The 3-D Fireworks Fest begins at dusk. The first 10,000 people get a free pair of 3-D glasses. Skokie Niles West High School, 7700 Gross Point Rd, 847-674-1500,


  1. What about neighborhood shows? How can I find out about those?

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  3. I am very disappointed in Chicago, I have lived here my whole life. I was looking for something to do this weekend in the neighborhood. But could only find downtown stuff, lake front stuff, and out of the Chicago area stuff, what’s wrong with putting the neighborhood events on the link. Not everybody likes the big crowd thing, or we have done them enough times that we are looking for other things to do. Chicago is MORE than downtown, there’s a lot more to Chicago.

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