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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

"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

Independence Day

Pump It Up Chicago | Chicago, Ill.

Enjoy fun for the whole family..

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Cost: $10

Fourth of July Carnival Jump Night

Pump It Up Schaumburg | Schaumburg, Ill.

Activities include potato sack races, bean bag toss, duck pond and inflatables for jumping. Pizza and drinks are also included.

When: 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free with admission

Where's Waldo? Neighborhood-Wide Scavenger Hunt

Women and Children First | Chicago, Ill.


Beginning July 1, children can stop by for a list of participating stores, which each have a 6" Waldo figurine hidden somewhere on the premises. When the child finds him, that business's staff will give the child a card that says "I found Waldo at _____." Bring all the cards back for chances to win prizes.

Cost: Free

Tree House Tales

The Morton Arboretum | Lisle, Ill.

Enter a tree house village filled with adventure and imagination. Play, make believe, and become part of the trees' ever-changing tale. The exhibition is comprised of six fun-filled, educational tree houses, aimed at kids 2-10.

When: 7 a.m.-sunset
Cost: Free with admission

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