16 places to watch fireworks in the Chicagoland area in 2016
Navy Pier - July 4, 9:30PM
Navy Pier | 600 E Grand Ave, Chicago
Chicago and Navy Pier go hand-in-hand when it comes to fireworks this Fourth of July. Whether you plan to watch fireworks from the pier, a rooftop or the beach, this stunning display is sure to wow firework enthusiasts.
Evanston Lakefront Fireworks - July 4, 9:15PM
Clark Street Beach | Sheridan Rd & Church Street, Evanston
Revel in your favorite patriotic and pop hits performed by the Palatine Concert Band from 7:30–9PM. Once the live music ends, tune your radio to 90.5 FM to enjoy this musical fireworks extravaganza that launches from Clark Street Beach.
Naperville Ribfest - July 4, 9:30PM
Knoch Park | 724 South West Street Naperville
Celebrating Independence from July 1st–July 4th, Rib Fest is all about food, music and fun. Headliners include 3 Doors Down, Sheryl Crow and Lee Brice, and the annual fireworks display will certainly leave you feeling patriotic. Naperville residents can also tune into CBS Radio K-HITS 104.3 FM to hear the fireworks' music simulcast.
Rosemont Rockin’ In The Park - July 3, 7-10PM
MB Financial Park | 5501 Park Pl, Rosemont
Sing along to “America” and “Sweet Caroline” as Neil Diamond tribute act Denny Diamond takes the stage at the Rosemont summer concert series. The music is followed by a pyrotechnic show. Be sure to bring lawn chairs and blankets!
Hoffman Estates Northwest Fourth-Fest - July 3, 9:30PM
Sears Centre Arena | 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates
Known as the burbs’ biggest Fourth of July celebration, this fest is fun for the whole family. Bring your kids for carnival games, crafts and a performance by 7th Heaven, and after, enjoy a computerized fireworks display that can be seen from anywhere on the grounds.
Winnetka Fourthfest - July 4, 9:20PM
Winnetka | 540 Hibbard Rd, Winnetka
Uncle Sam on stilts…. Say no more. The 4th kicks off with Winnetka’s Fourth of July parade at 10AM, followed by the traditional flag-raising ceremony at 11AM and Fourthfest at 6PM. After your kids have an evening of fun with face-paintings, balloonists, moon walks and a giant slide, get ready for a Blooze Brothers concert and the Jesse White Tumblers. Independence day closes with a stunning fireworks display at 9:20PM.
Arlington Heights Race Track - July 3, dusk
Arlington Park Racetrack | 2200 Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights
After a day of live music, family activates and horse races, this star-spangled spectacle of fireworks begins just after dusk. Be one of the first 5,000 guests to get a free July accessory, or win a pair of signed goggles from winning jockeys after every race.
Skokie Independence Day Parade - July 4, dusk
Niles West High School | 5701 Oakton Street, Skokie
Experience fireworks like never before with Skokie’s 3D Fireworks Festival. The first 10,000 people get a free pair of 3D glasses. Head to downtown Skokie at noon for the parade, and to Niles West High School at 5 for food, drinks and live bands.
Itasca 4th of July Celebration - July 4, 9:45PM
Hamilton Lakes | Illinois Rt 53 and Thorndale Ave, Itasca
Capping the night with one of the largest and most spectacular displays in the Chicagoland area, Itasca kicks off the 4th with live music performances by local acts Pat McKillen and Maggie Speaks. Afterwards, take in 25 minutes of an illuminated sky at Hamilton Lakes.
Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks - July 4, 6-10PM
Deerpath Community Park | Deerpath Rd at Hastings Rd, Lake Forest
Tribute bands Boy Band Review and MJ Live take the stage at this suburban Independence Day festival. The energy transfers from the stage to the sky with a bursting fireworks display at 9:40PM.
Downers Grove Parade - July 4, 9:30PM
Downers Grove | 75th St and Lemont Rd, Downers Grove
Gather a group of friends and stake out a spot for the Village of Downers Grove July 4th Parade. Continue the suburban fun through the night with fireworks exploding midair.
Tinley Park 4th of July Celebration - July 4, 9:15PM
McCarthy Park | 16801 W 80th Ave, Tinley Park
Start your 4th bright and early for a Stars & Stripes 5K at 8AM. Enjoy a carnival, bingo, batting cages and mini golf before Peter Oprisko and Final Say hit the stages. Cap off the night with a fireworks extravaganza at 9:15PM.
Aurora 4th of July Fireworks - July 4, 9:35PM
RiverEdge Park | 360 N Broadway St, Aurora
The City of Lights lives up to its name with Aurora’s amazing fireworks display. Enjoy great food from local food vendors, inflatables and live music from 6–9:15PM, followed by fireworks that can be viewed along the banks of the river.
Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks - July 3, 6-9PM
Plainfield Central High School | 24120 W Fort Beggs Dr, Plainfield
Pack up your picnic baskets, lawn chairs and coolers and enjoy a day of family fun with Plainfield’s bike parade, face-painting, inflatables and dance performances. The night concludes with fireworks at dusk.
Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade - July 4, dusk
Lake Ellyn Park | 645 Lenox Rd, Glen Ellyn
Share your red, white and blue pride on Glen Ellyn’s new parade route. After a suburban afternoon of family fun, end the night with this outstanding fireworks display.
Highland Park Independence Day - July 4, 9:45PM
Wolters Field | 1080 Park Ave, Highland Park
From a children’s bike and pet parade at 9:30AM to the Fourth Fest of food, a petting zoo and live music, Highland Park has got it all. Afterwards, check out the Grand Finale of the Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands at 7PM, leading up to an aerial fireworks display at 9:45PM.