Where To See Fireworks And Festivities Nearby
There are choices on July 3rd and 4th.
When/Where: July 1 to 4, centered at Harrer Park, 6200 W. Dempster, Morton Grove. Fireworks are at 9:45 p.m. on Monday, July 4.
Why Go: It's a traditional carnival--can you stomach eating cotton candy and riding the Tilt-a-Whirl? There's also a festival with food, bands, a beer garden and more. Plus the fireworks.
Pricing: Free admission to carnival, fireworks.
When/Where: 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. Sunday July 3, Maine East High School, 2601 W. Dempster, Park Ridge.
Why Go: Kids' entertainment starts at 6:30; the Brian Patti Big Band plays at 8 p.m.
When/Where: Parade begins at noon at Oakton Community College, on Lincoln east of Niles Center; a concert begins at 6 p.m. and fireworks begin at dusk at Niles West High School, 5701 W. Oakton, Skokie.
Why Go: Skokie has 3-D fireworks and will distribute 3-D glasses to the first 10,000 visitors.
Fourth of July Festivities and Fireworks
When/Where: 7 a.m. – dusk, downtown Northbrook
Why Go: Fill your belly for a day full of fun with pancakes in the park and live music by the Dooley Brothers, who perform from the gazebo on the Village Green. At 10 a.m., cheer on local police and firefighters in their annual softball game, also on the Village Green. Go home and get out of the sun for a bit, then set up a lawn chair to enjoy the parade, which steps off from Cherry Lane and Western Avenue at 2:30 p.m. Last but not least, fireworks begin at dusk.
Firecracker 5K Race
When/Where: Village Green in Winnetka, Saturday, July 2 at 8 a.m.
Why Go: Celebrate freedom with a light jog around town. Plus, there are awards for top runners.
Price: Pre-register with the Winnetka Parks District for $20, or at the door for $25
Des Plaines July 4th Parade
When/Where: Intersection of Thacker and Center Streets in Des Plaines, Monday, July 4, 10 a.m.
Why Go: This year’s parade marshal will be from Schimka Auto Wreckers, Inc., a Des Plaines business celebrating its 75th anniversary. Various awards will be presented for decorated units and homes reflecting the parade theme, including: Best Religious Entry, Best Musical Entry, Best Youth Service Organization Entry, Best Sport Related Entry, Best Uniformed Personnel Entry, Best Political Entry and more.
Independence Day Fun & Fireworks
When/Where: Sunday July 3 7 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. in Gillson Park, Wilmette, IL
Why Go: Come celebrate the 4th of July with an array of activities including a 3K run/walk, Tastefest, a musical concert and a theatrical performance. Wilmette Park District is topping off the evening with a blow-out fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
Pricing: Free Admission