Chicago Area Summary of 2010 4th of July Fireworks Displays – 2010

The Daily Herald has a good summary of 2010 4th of July fireworks displays in Chicago and Chicago suburbs as does Fox TV and  Bargains Rock. Check them both out to locate your best fireworks option. Also, we’d love to have you comment below and tell us which is the best fireworks display in the Chicago area and why.





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, 2010 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 sat 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 Fireworks Display— Sunday, July 4, 2010, 9:00pm at Navy Pier
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

July 2nd

Aurora, Il
• Annual Independence Day Celebration at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and Aurora Central Catholic High School grounds between Edgelawn, and Randall Rd.
• 6:00-9:30 p.m.: Food, live entertainment and bands
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
• Free admission
• Parking limited; free fireworks shuttles to parking lots;
• More information:

July 3

Joliet, Il – July 3
• Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park on Jefferson St., Joliet, Il
• 7:00 p.m.: Live entertainment, food
Fireworks at nightfall
• Free admission and parking
• More info at

Oak Brook – July 3
• “Taste of Oak Brook” Independence Day fireworks, Oak Brook Polo Grounds, off 31st St. between York and Spring Rd.
• 4:00-9:00 p.m.: Food and children’s entertainment
Fireworks at dusk
• Free admission, $10 parking
• More info at
• 630-368-5000

Wilmette – July 3
• Gillson Park, Michigan Ave. at Sheridan Rd.
• 4:00 p.m.: Live music, games and rides
Fireworks at 9:30
• Free admission
• More info at
• 847-256-6100

Wheaton – July 3
• Graf Park, adjacent to DuPage County Fairgrounds on Manchester Road
• 6:00 p.m.: Games, food, live music
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
• Free admission
• More info at

Cary Summer Celebration, Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary: 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Food, live music and fireworks on July 3 at dusk. Rain date for fireworks is dusk Monday, July 5. Free. Parking $5 on the grass or $10 on the pavement. (847) 639-6100.

Celebrate Fox Lake, Millennium Park, Grand and Rollins, Fox Lake: Saturday, July 3. Entertainment, games, rides and crafts. Parade lineup at 9 a.m. Parade begins at 10 a.m. at Grant High School and then heads west along Grand Avenue to Fox Lake Towne Center. Craft show after the parade until 4 p.m. at Millennium Park. Fireworks on July 3 over the Chain O’ Lakes at dusk. Free admission. (847) 587-2151 for parade information. Visit

Grayslake’s Family Picnic and Fireworks, Central Park, on Lake Street between Washington and Center streets, Grayslake: 3 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Food vendors, entertainment, live music, fireworks on July 3 at dusk and more. Free. (847) 223-7529 or

Lake Zurich Fourth of July Family Day, Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich: Starts at 9 a.m. Saturday, July 3. Live music, boat parade and Taste of Lake Zurich. Fireworks start at 9:15 p.m. $2 for residents and beach pass holders 18 and older, 17 and younger admitted free. $3 for nonresidents 4 and older, ages 3 and younger admitted free. (847) 540-5054.

July 4

Antioch Fourth of July Celebration, Williams Park, Williams and Main streets, Antioch: Activities start at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3, with round one of the Fire Cracker Sports Tournament. Round two begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, July 4. Daylong celebration July 4 in downtown Antioch includes a fun fair, entertainment, food, music and fireworks. Parade at 10:30 a.m. July 4 beginning at the corner of Holbeck and Orchard streets. At 8 a.m., the 5K Run for Freedom begins. Festival admission is free to the public. (847) 838-4032.

Barrington 4th of July Festival, Barrington train station, 201 S. Spring St., Barrington: 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Friday, July 2, and 11 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 3. Live entertainment, games and food vendors. Fireworks on July 4 at dusk. Admission is free until 6 p.m. Admission after 6 p.m. is $5 for adults; $1 for ages 14-17, and free for children younger than 13. Free parking. (847) 304-3400 or

Bartlett Fourth of July Festival, at Stearns and South Bartlett roads, Bartlett: Noon to 11 p.m. Friday, July 2, and 1 to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4. Fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Free admission. Visit and

Batavia, Il
• “Sky Concert” at Engstrom Park, Main St. and Millview St.
• 5:00 -7:00 p.m.: Food and local music
Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
• Free admission to fireworks
• $5 donation to park
• More info at w

Bensenville Liberty Fest, Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson, Bensenville: Parade at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 3, from Fenton High School to Redmond Park. Food vendors, beer tent and bands starting at noon Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4. Concert by American English at 8 p.m. Sunday, with fireworks to follow. Free admission. (630) 594-1190 or

Bolingbrook, Il
• Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Dr
• 1:00-8:30 p.m.: Taste of Bolingbrook, live music, games
Fireworks at dusk
• Free admission and parking shuttles from nearby lots
• More info at
• 630 771 9400
Buffalo Grove, Il
• Rotary Village Green, can view from Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream Park
• 7:00 p.m.: Live band
Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
• Free admission
• More info at
• 847-459-2500

Downers Grove, Il

• 75th Street and Lemont Rd.
Fireworks at 9:30
• Free admission
• More info at
• 630-434-5500

Evanston, Il
• Lakefront Fireworks at Clark Street Beach, Sheridan Rd. and Church St.
• 7:30-9:00 p.m.: Concert
Fireworks at 9:15
• More info at

Elk Grove Village, IL
• Lions Park, 200 Rev Morrison Drive
• 6:00 p.m.: Concessions
Fireworks at dusk
• Free admission
• More info at
• 630-289-5380

Forest Park, Il
• Park District of Forest Park, 7501 Harrison Street
Fireworks at 9:00 p.m.
• Free admission
• More info at
• 708-366-2323

Galena Il
• Main St, Galena, Il
• 5:30 p.m.: Entertainment, live music, food
Fireworks at dusk
• Free admission
• More info at
• 815-777-2111

Des Plaines Fourth of July festival, Oakton Community College, 1600 E. Golf Road, Des Plaines: 4 p.m. Sunday, July 4. Picnicking, live entertainment, food, games and fireworks at dusk. Admission is free from 4 to 5 p.m. After 5 p.m., $5 per car. Visit

Glen Ellyn Cardboard Boat Regatta, Lake Ellyn, Linden Street and Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn: Noon Saturday, July 3. Free for spectators; advance registration required for entrants. Picnic in the Park is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Glen Ellyn firefighters cook and sell burgers, hot dogs and sweet corn; proceeds help pay for the Glen Ellyn Fourth of July parade and July 4 fireworks. Visit

Great Lakes Fourth of July Celebration, Naval Station Great Lakes, 30 Paul Jones St., North Chicago: Noon to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Free and open to the public; the public should enter through Gate 3. Includes arts and crafts fair from noon to 8 p.m. both days, Firecracker 5K Run at 10 a.m. Saturday and entertainment including a Laser Light Show on Saturday and Loverboy on Sunday. (847) 688-2110, ext. 484, or

Hoffman Estates Fourth of July Festival, Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates: Runs through Monday, July 5, on Village Hall grounds. Free admission. Entertainment, carnival, parade, fireworks and food. Free parking at ADP building and Muir School. Fireworks at dusk Sunday, July 4. (847) 252-5446.

Lake Forest Fourth of July Festival, Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest: 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 4. The ’80s tribute band Sixteen Candles performs at 6 p.m. and KC & the Sunshine Band headlines at 8 p.m. The fest also features food vendors and kids’ activities. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Festival admission is free for anyone 48 inches or shorter; $10 for anyone taller than that height. For those wanting to view the fireworks display only, gates open at 9 p.m. on July 4 with free admission. (847) 234-6700.

Lisle’s Eyes to the Skies Festival, Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle: 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 2-4. Hot air balloon rides, crafts, food, carnival and entertainment. Parade at 3:30 p.m. Sunday along Short Street. Fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Daily admission is $5. Free for children younger than 5. Visit

Mount Prospect, Il
• Melas Park, 1326 W. Central Rd, Mount Prospect, Il
Fireworks at Dusk
• Free admission
• More info at
• 847-392-6000

Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest, Knoch Park, West Street and Martin Avenue, Naperville: Noon to 10 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 2-4. Bands, carnival rides and ribs. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Sunday. $9 in advance and $12 at the gate; free for children 11 and younger. Visit

Oakbrook Terrace Fourth of July celebration, Terrace View Park, Route 83 and 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace: Sunday, July 4. Picnic, rides and special attractions from 4 to 7 p.m.; concert at 8 p.m.; and fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission to concert and fireworks is free. Tickets must be purchased in advance for the picnic and are free for city residents, $10 for others. (630) 941-8300 or

Orland Park
• Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave, Orland Park
• 7:30 p.m.: Live music
Fireworks at 9:10 p.m.
• Free admission
• More info at
• 708 403 7275

Palatine, Il
• 2010 Hometown Fest at Community Park: Palatine Rd. and Hicks Rd.
• 12:00-9:00 p.m.:Carnival, live music, food
Fireworks at 9:30
• Free admission
• More info at

Rockford, Il
• Davis Park, Downtown Rockford
• $6 admission fee into Davis Park includes food and entertainment
• More info at

Roselle, Il
• Lake Park High School West Campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Fireworks at 9:30 pm
• Free admission
• More info at

Skokie, Il
• 3-D fireworks at Niles West High School, Oakton St.
• 5:00 p.m.: Food, drinks, live music
• Free admission
3-D Fireworks at dusk, first 10,000 attendants receive free 3-D glasses
• More info at
• 847-674-1500

Sleepy Hollow Fourth of July Celebration, Sabatino Park, Winmoor Drive and Willow Lane, Sleepy Hollow: Sunday, July 4. Sleepy Hollow Mile Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m.; Bob Zdenek Memorial Fishing Derby from 9 to 11 a.m. at Lake Sharon; games, booths and pony rides and entertainment begin at 11:30 a.m.; Bill Ritchie Memorial Parade starts at noon in the pool’s parking lot; main raffle drawing at 3 p.m.; and fireworks at 9 p.m. $5 donation to park for fireworks. Rain date is Monday, July 5. (847) 574-8116 or

Taste of Lombard, Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue, Lombard: 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 2; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4. Carnival, food, entertainment, fireworks and more. $2 for ages 13 and older. (630) 375-7474 or or

Warrenville Fourth of July celebration, Cerny Park, River Road and Forest View Drive, Warrenville: Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4. Firecracker 5K Run at 8 a.m. Saturday. Parade steps off at 4 p.m. Saturday in downtown Warrenville, followed by concessions and bands until 11:30 p.m. Children’s parade at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. Concessions, games and entertainment until 9:15 p.m. Sunday when fireworks begin. Free admission. (630) 393-9427.

July 5

Lakeside Festival, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake: 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 2; noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, July 3-4; and noon to 10 p.m. Monday, July 5. Carnival, food vendors, music, beer and wine garden. Parade at 1 p.m. and fireworks at dusk Monday, July 5. $2-$4. Free for children ages 12 and younger and military personnel with ID. (815) 455-8000 or


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  2. Mealagh Ayeilidh

    All of these events SHOULD be listed as INDEPENDENCE DAY Celebrations! USA

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  4. Whoa … wait a sec … to my understanding, the fireworks at Navy Pier have been CANCELED this year … see here:

    Has this changed?!

  5. duh, OK, I didn’t read ALL of the article … my bad

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