On the heels of a year in which many events were cancelled, Independence Day festivities will feel extra special in 2021. Communities across Illinois are celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks, parades, live music, carnivals, food vendors and more — keep reading for a roundup of some of the top events in every region of the state.
The City of Chicago: Fireworks will return for this year’s Fourth of July holiday weekend. Dates, times and viewing locations will be announced soon.
Mercury 3D Fireworks Cruise | Every Saturday, including July 3: Thanks to "3D" glasses, this eye-popping fireworks display will be unlike any you've seen before.
Yorkville Independence Day Celebration | July 3: This day-long hullabaloo kicks off with a parade in the morning and culminates with a fireworks display at dusk — with fun, family-friendly activities in the town square sandwiched in between.
Celebrate Fox Lake | July 3: Following a parade down Grand Avenue, musical performances at Lakefront Park will begin at 5 p.m. When dusk rolls around, fireworks will light up the sky over the scenic Nippersink Lake.
Sandwich Park District Freedom Days Celebration | July 3-4: The parade lineup starts bright and early on July 3 at the Sandwich Fairgounds, which will also serve as the location for a dazzling fireworks display when it gets dark. Day Two includes a tot trot, a one-mile fun run/walk, and a 5K race.
35th Annual Streator’s 4th of July Celebration | July 3-11: Why settle for one day of play when you can enjoy eight? Stop by as your schedule allows for fireworks, a parade, a carnival, diverse music acts, a food and beer garden, an emergency vehicle show and more.
Westmont Independence Day Celebration | July 4: Not only will this event celebrate the 4th of July in style, it will commemorate the Village of Westmont’s 100th Anniversary! The fun begins at 4:00 p.m., with food trucks, games, concessions and more.
Lake Forest July 4th Festival & Fireworks | July 4: Chicagoland favorite 16 Candles headlines the music lineup, leading into what the organizers describe as the North Shore’s greatest fireworks display.
St. Charles Fourth of July Celebration | July 4: One of the area’s top annual fireworks shows is back! Pottawatomie Park opens at dawn for family and friends who want to make a day of it.
Alton Fireworks Spectacular | July 3: This aptly named bash at the Alton Liberty Bank Amphitheatre features live entertainment and a fireworks show that will produce a spectacle of light over the majestic Mississippi River.
Galena - Shenandoah Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo | July 3-4: For those looking to venture outside the box of traditional Independence Day celebrations, look no further than this two-night event featuring tough cowboys, bucking horses, bull riding, steer wrestling and more.
East Moline’s Independence Day | July 3-4: An impressive array of activities will be packed into two exciting days in the Quad Cities, from fireworks (of course) to a children’s carnival, a firecracker run, and a pancake breakfast.
Stockton 4th of July Celebration | July 4: This annual blowout — which has been around for more than 50 years — has grown to include a basketball tournament, a kid's science show, bounce houses and live entertainment.
Flora 4th of July Downtown Celebration | July 2-4: There’s something for everyone at this three-day festival, whether that’s carnival rides and food vendors or the cake walk and music shows. Don’t miss the fireworks at dusk on Sunday night.
Chatham’s Rock the Dock | July 2: The picturesque Lake Springfield offers a prime location for one of Central Illinois’ best fireworks displays.
Normal 4th of July Celebration | July 4: The little ones will get a kick out of the inflatables, face painting and balloon artists that precede the fireworks show, while the parents can enjoy a concert and food vendors.
Mount Carmel's Fantastic 4th Celebration | July 1-4: This fest is ideal for a long weekend family trip, complete with movie nights, free swims days, car shows, food booths, a parade, and the obligatory fireworks.
Carlyle Fireworks Spectacular Dam Jam | July 3: You can take in the fireworks by boat or post up at one of the recreation areas to be mesmerized on shore. But before that, make sure to enjoy the volleyball tournaments, sand castle building contest, live music performances, and local vendors.
Goreville Freedom Fest | July 4: As far as activities go, take your pick — a competitive race, a fun run, a free concert, a parade, a gospel show and fireworks await at this full-day festival.
Centralia 4th of July Celebration | July 4: Dive into pursuits for all ages over five action-packed days that include a vehicle show, pony rides, carnival rides, a veterans parade and a beer garden for the adults.
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