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Free 4th of July Fireworks in Chicago Area – 2012

With Independence Day landing on a Wednesday this year, the 4th of July fireworks in Chicago will mostly be on July 3rd-4th. The 4th of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends, and one of the best places to see fireworks in Chicago is Navy Pier. This year’s brilliant display is scheduled to illuminate the skyline and lake at 9 p.m. on the 4th of July. If once a year just isn’t enough for you and your family, then you can always visit Navy Pier in the evening throughout summertime. Summer Fireworks in Chicago light up the sky every Wednesday night at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday evenings beginning at 10:15 p.m.

Navy Pier — Wednesday, July 4, 2012, 9:00pm at Navy Pier
Address: Lakefront, Chicago, IL | Cost: Freechicago area fireworks 2012

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Some towns in Chicago’s northwest suburbs are joining forces for July Fourth fireworks. Elgin, Hanover Park, Hanover Township and Hoffman Estates are banding together to pay for fireworks at the Northwest Fourth Fest from July 4 through July 8.  Here is our list so far……  Know of more?  Let us know in comments….

BELIEVED TO BE ACCURATE — PLEASE CONFIRM WITH YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT!!!!!!

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As of 1:30 p.m., eight Chicago area fireworks shows from our full list have been postponed or canceled, many due to the drought.  Antioch, Carol Stream, Cary, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Plainfield, Wauconda and Wheaton will no longer hold the originally scheduled events.  Wheaton has canceled both the fireworks show and the parade due to damage from the Sunday storm. Carol Stream’s fireworks and parade have been canceled for similar reasons.    Cary, Mundelein and Plainfield will not have fireworks due to the drought, but will all continue with the rest of the celebrations as planned. Mundelein will postpone the fireworks to an undetermined date.   Wauconda and Antioch have postponed their fireworks shows until an undetermined date.   Fox River Grove has postponed the fireworks show to Sept. 8, 2012.  See CBS NEWS UPDATE HERE

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Arlington Heights – fireworks show the evening of Wednesday, July 4 at the Arlington Park Race Track, 2200 Euclid Avenue.

Aurora – Hamlin Park, Tuesday, July 3, 10:00pm
 
Barrington – Metra Parking Lot in Downtown Barrington, Wednesday, July 4, dusk
Bartlett – Apple Orchard Park, Wednesday, July 4, 9:30pm
Batavia – Mooseheart Field, Wednesday, July 4, 9:30pm
 
Bensenville – Redmont Recreational Complex, Wednesday, July 4, 9:30pm
Buffalo Grove –fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at the Village.
Carpentersville – Meadowdale Park, Saturday, June 30, dusk
Cary – Lions Park, Tuesday, July 3, dusk
Crystal Lake – Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, Sunday, July 1, dusk

Downers Grove -fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at 75th Street and Lemont Road.

Deerfield -fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 in Brickyards Park.

Evanston – fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Clark Street Beach east of downtown.


Forest Park – fireworks show starting at 9:35 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 in Deerpath Community Park.

Glenview will host a Twilight Concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at the Glenview Park Golf Club at 800. Shermer Road Wednesday, July 4 and a fireworks show will follow the concert.

Highland Park – fireworks show the evening of Wednesday, July 4 at the Velodrome located on Maple Avenue west of Northbrook Junior High School and Waukegan Road.

Hoffman Estates – fireworks show beginning at dusk Wednesday, July 4 at Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway. Hoffman Estates combined with the City of Elgin, Hanover and Hanover Township.

Mount Prospect – fireworks show beginning at dusk Wednesday, July 4 in Melas Park on Central and Busse Roads.

Naperville – fireworks show starting at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 in Knoch Park.

Orland Park – fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 in Centennial Park.

Oak Forest – firework show the evening of Wednesday, July 4 as part of the 25th Annual Oak Festival at 159th Street and Central Avenue.

Oak Lawn – fireworks show the evening of Wednesday, July 4 at Richards High School.

Palos Heights – fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. on Lake Katherine.

Park Ridge – fireworks show the evening of Tuesday, July 3 at Maine East High School at the intersection of Dempster Street and Potter Road.

Palatine – fireworks show starting at approximately 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 as part of the city’s Hometown Fest.

Rolling Meadows – fireworks show starting at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 at Salk Park on Pheasant Drive.

Tinley Park – fireworks show beginning at 9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4 in McCarthy Park on South 80th Avenue.

Wilmette – fireworks shows at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3 at Gillson Park at Lake and Michigan Avenues.

 Wheaton – Graf Park, Tuesday, July 3, dusk

 Warrenville– Cerny Park, Wednesday, July 4, 9:15pm

Wauconda – Cook Park, Tuesday, July 3, dusk
Westmont – Ty Warner Park, Wednesday, July 4, dusk
Woodstock – Emricson Park, Wednesday, July 4, dusk

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Palatine Hometown FestDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Community Park, Palatine Road near Hicks Road
Palatine, Illinois 60067
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Cary Summer CelebrationDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Lions Park; 1170 Silver Lake Road
Cary, Illinois 60013
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Taste of Oak Brook

Date: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Polo Grounds off of 31st Street between Spring and York Roads
Oak Brook, Illinois 60523
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Wheaton Fourth of July CelebrationDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Graf Park; 1701 Manchester Road
Wheaton, Illinois 60187
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Hawthorn Woods FireworksDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Community Park
Hawthorn Woods, Illinois 60047
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Wauconda Independence Day FireworksDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Cook Park; 700 N Main St
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Peru Fourth of July FireworksDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Water Street
Peru, Illinois 61354
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Dawson Independence DayDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Dawson Park
Dawson, Illinois 62520
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Patriotic Picnic and FireworksDate: July 3, 2012 at Dusk

Where: Plainfield Central High School; 24120 W. Fort Beggs Dr.
Plainfield, Illinois 60544
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Alton Fireworks on the MississippiDate: July 3, 2012 at 9:00pm

Where: Alton Riverfront Park
Alton, Illinois 62002
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Ribfest FireworksDate: July 3, 2012 at 9:30pm

Where: Knoch Park; 724 S. West St.
Naperville, Illinois 60540
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Wilmette Independence Day Fireworks

Date: July 3, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Gillson Park; Lake Ave & Michigan Ave  Wilmette, Illinois 60091
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Arlington Park July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Arlington Park Race Track; 2200 Euclid Avenue
Arlington Heights, Illinois 60006
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Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Melas Park;1326 W. Central Road
Mount Prospect, Illinois 60056
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Antioch July 4th Celebration
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Williams Park; 874 Main St
Antioch, Illinois 60002
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Glen Ellyn 4th of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Lake Ellyn; 645 Lenox Road
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Sleepy Hollow Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Sabatino Park
Sleepy Hollow, Illinois 60118
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Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Festival
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway
Hoffman Estates, Illinois 60179
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Eureka July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Lake Eureka Park; 200 Lake Road
Eureka, Illinois 61530
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Westmont July 4 Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Ty Warner Park; Plaza and Blackhawk Drive
Westmont, Illinois 60559
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Woodstock July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Emricson Park; 900 W. South St
Woodstock, Illinois 60098
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Shelbyville Fourth of July Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Forest Park; 110 N Morgan St
Shelbyville, Illinois 62565
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Cissna Park Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Kellert Lake
Cissna Park, Illinois 60924
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Buffalo Grove Independence Day Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Village Hall Campus
Buffalo Grove, Illinois 60089
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Herrin July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Herrin Park
Herrin, Illinois 62948
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Oak Lawn Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Richards High School; 10601 Central Ave
Oak Lawn, Illinois 60453
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25th Annual Oak Fest
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: 159th and Central
Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
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Mount Carmel Parade and Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Riverview Stadium; 201 North Pear Street
Mount Carmel, Illinois 62863
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West Frankfort July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: City Park
West Frankfort, Illinois 62896
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Mount Vernon Salute to Freedom
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Mt Vernon Airport; 100 Aviation Drive
Mount Vernon, Illinois 62864
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Kewanee Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Northeast Park
Kewanee, Illinois 61443
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Oakwood Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: The Park (sorry, I don’t have more specific information)
Oakwood, Illinois 61858
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Canton Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at Dusk
Where: Memorial Stadium
Canton, Illinois 61520
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Navy Pier Summer Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:00pm
Where: Navy Pier; 600 E Grand Ave; best viewing from Dock Stage
Chicago, Illinois 60611
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Godfrey Family Fun Fest
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:00pm
Where: Glazebrook Park; 1401 Stamper Lane
Godfrey, Illinois 62035
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Rolling Meadows July 4th Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:15pm
Where: Salk Park; 3699 Pheasant Drive
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008
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Warrenville Fourth of July Parade and Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:15pm
Where: Cerny Park; 3S258 Manning Avenue
Warrenville, Illinois 60555
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Lake Zurich Independence Day
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:15pm
Where: Paulus Park; 200 South Rand Road
Lake Zurich, Illinois 60047
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Mundelein Community Days
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Kracklauer Park
Mundelein, Illinois 60060
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Taste of Lombard Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Madison Meadow Park, 600 East Madison St
Lombard, Illinois 60148
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Bensenville LibertyFest
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson
Bensenville, Illinois 60106
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Barlett Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Apple Orchard Park
Bartlett, Illinois 60103
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Batavia July 4th Sky Concert Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Mooseheart Field
Batavia, Illinois 60539
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Capital City Celebration
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: 4th & Capitol Parking Lot
Springfield, Illinois 62706
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Clarendon Hills Concert and Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Hinsdale Golf Club; 140 Chicago Ave
Clarendon Hills, Illinois 60514
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Pleasant Plains Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Pleasant Plains High School; 500 N. Cartwright
Pleasant Plains, Illinois 62677
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Aurora Independence Day Fireworks
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: Illinois Math & Science Academy; 1500 W. Sullivan Road
Aurora, Illinois 60506
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Rockford Fourth of July
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:30pm
Where: David Park; 211 N. Main St
Rockford, Illinois 61101
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Schuyler County Fair
Date: July 4, 2012 at 9:45pm
Where: Schuyler County Fairgrounds; 200 East Scripps Street
Rushville, Illinois 62681

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Comments

  1. Tim Manock says:

    Thanks for all the dates/locations/times of the area’s fireworks! I’ve put together a good sized list as well, in case anyone’s town is missing from what’s above. You can find that at: http:// chicagolandtim.wordpress.com /2012/06/06/independence-day-2012/

  2. You missed THE BEST fireworks EVER in the Chicagoland area: at Hamilton Lakes in Itasca!! Live music, free admission to grounds, $20 parking. Check out the details here: http://www.itasca.com/index.aspx?NID=1272

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