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Fourth Fest

Highland Park Fourth Fest | Highland Park, Ill.


Enjoy food from Highland Park restaurants, carnival games and pony and carnival rides. Music by Mike & Joe throughout the afternoon.

When: 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: Free

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade

Glen Ellyn 4th of July | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Glen Ellyn's 4th of July Parade will begin east of Glenbard West High School on Crescent Blvd. and proceed west to Main Street, north to Linden Ave. and finally, east to Lake Ellyn. Visit for more information.

When: Noon
Cost: Free

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Fireworks

Glen Ellyn 4th of July | Glen Ellyn, Ill.


Bring your blanket for a traditional fireworks display. Visit for information on special "Boomer Booster Seats" on the Lake Ellyn boathouse dock.

When: Dusk
Cost: Free

Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks

Lake Forest, Ill.

Event features food, a beer garden, live music, activities for kids and fireworks display.

When: 5-10 p.m.
Cost: $10, $15 residents; free kids 5 and under, parking $20-$50

Windy City Ribfest

Chicago, Ill.

Fest features live music, lots of ribs, arts & crafts and kids' area (on Saturday and Sunday afternoons).

When: Noon-10 p.m. July 4-5, noon-9 p.m. July 6
Cost: $5

"Bone" Appetit

Trailside Museum of Natural History | River Forest, Ill.


Join the staff at feeding time to learn about Trailside's outdoor resident animals.

When: 1-1:30 p.m.
Cost: Free

Independence Day Celebration

Cantigny Park | Wheaton, Ill.


Kids enjoy the inflatables and painting a 20-foot mural and can sign the Declaration of Independence. Revolutionary War reenactors will fire a real cannon and supervise 18th century games. Includes a magic show and performance by the The U.S. Navy Band Great Lakes. Both museums are open.

When: Noon-4 p.m.
Cost: Free, $5 parking

Fourth of July Celebration

Chicago History Museum | Chicago, Ill.


Features fun for the entire family and guest speaker Randall C. Dunn, head of school at the Latin School of Chicago. Other highlights include patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam. Following the festivities, the museum is open, noon-4:30 p.m., with free admission for Illinois residents.

When: 10 a.m.-noon
Cost: Free


Discovery Center Museum | Rockford, Ill.

Experiment with explosions, launch mini rockets, construct a potato popper, and more! Design and make your own lightup hat, assemble a sound sandwich, and create a patriotic collage. Science and art are the stars in this red white and blue day of family fun.

When: 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Red, White and Blue Value Day

Fox River Trolley Museum | South Elgin, Ill.

The museum marks America's birthday and the Trolley Museum's birthday with $2 fares for all riders.

When: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: $2, free under 3

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