4th of July Fireworks Celebrations in Illinois

Communities across Illinois are celebrating the 4th of July with fireworks, parades, live music, carnivals, food vendors and more.


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 corner of the state.

Chicago and Beyond

Naperville Salute | July 1-4: Centered around Naperville's appreciation for veterans, active military, first responders and their families, this annual celebration blends community, local entertainment and family fun with live music entertainment, food vendors, beer and arts and crafts for the kids! 

2022 Mundelein Community Days Festival | July 1-4: Mundelein's weekend-long celebration includes a car show, pet parade, face painting, live bands, carnival, fireworks and more. 

Navy PierEvery Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Saturday at 10 p.m., including Saturday, July 2: Catch the all-a-glow fireworks show along the backdrop of Chicago's skyline at Navy Pier. 

Mercury 3D Fireworks Cruise  | Every Saturday, including July 2: Thanks to "3D" glasses, this eye-popping fireworks display will be unlike any you've seen before.

Celebrate Fox Lake | July 2: 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 2: The parade lineup starts bright and early at the Sandwich Fairgounds, which will also serve as the location for a dazzling fireworks display when it gets dark, plus live music, entertainment, food and games. 

Six Flags Great America Coca-Cola July 4th Fest | July 2-4: Celebrate Independence Day at an epic three-day party at Six Flags, presented by Coca-Cola with rollercoasters, rides, fireworks, music and of course ice-cold Coca-Cola.

36th Annual Streator’s 4th of July Celebration | July 2-10: Why settle for one day of play when you can enjoy nine? Stop by as your schedule allows for fireworks, a parade, a carnival, diverse music acts, a food and beer garden, an emergency vehicle show, 5K and more.

Yorkville Independence Day Celebration | July 4: 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. 

Westmont Independence Day Celebration | July 4: The fun begins at 3:00 p.m., with food trucks, games, food trucks, kids crafts, entertainment, fireworks and more. 

Lake Forest July 4th Festival & Fireworks | July 4Boston vocalist Tommy DeCarlo and special guest Rudy Cardenas of American Idol headline the music lineup at the 15th annual Lake Forest July 4th Festival & Fireworks, 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 from swimming, golf, live music and mini golf. 

Bensenville | July 4Bensenville’s “LibertyFest” celebration begins with a parade at the Town Center and includes live entertainment, food, drinks and a fireworks show. 

City of Elgin 4th of July Parade, Concert and Fireworks | July 4: The City of Elgin is excited to celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, concert and fireworks, with this year's theme is "There is No Place Like Home."

For a more comprehensive list of fireworks and celebrations across Chicagoland, check this out!

Great Rivers Country

Galena - Shenandoah Freedom Reins Pro Rodeo | July 1-2: 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, live concert by John King and more.

Alton Fireworks Spectacular | July 3: This aptly named bash at the Alton Liberty Bank Amphitheater features live entertainment and a fireworks show that will produce a spectacle of light over the majestic Mississippi River. 

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 games, a firecracker run, and a pancake breakfast.

Red White and Boom | July 3: See the largest fireworks display in the Quad Cities shot from two barges in the middle of the Mississippi River, plus live music and kids activities. 

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, car show, bounce houses and live entertainment.

Land of Lincoln

Chatham’s Rock the Dock | July 1: The picturesque Lake Springfield offers a prime location for one of Central Illinois’ best fireworks displays.

Bond County Fourth Fest | July 1-2: Enjoy an incredible fireworks display, a carnival, a huge selection of street food, a farmers market, a beer tent, and tons of live music by national touring bands like The Traveling Salvation Show, Dr. Fever and the Venus Flytrap. 

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 watermelon eating contest and music shows. Don’t miss the fireworks at dusk on Sunday night.

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.

Trails to Adventure

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 2: 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.

36th Annual Salute to Freedom | July 4Celebrate Independence Day at the Mt. Vernon Outland Airport, the celebration includes a live DJ, laser tag, inflatables, concessions, live performances by The United States Air Force Band at and a colossal fireworks display at dusk. 

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