Parades, fireworks, barbecue...there is nothing like celebrating American independence with timeless tradition. Find out when and where to catch your local Fourth festivities and if you can't make it to a fireworks show on the Fourth of July, you can catch them at Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday night during the summer months.
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After eating your fill (and maybe a few other people's fill, too) of ribs, settle in for Naperville's July 4th fireworks show, a 30-minute celebration kicking off at 9:30 p.m. Residents can also tune into 95.9 FM The River to hear a musical simulcast during the fireworks show.
Featuring carnival games, inflatables, train and pony rides, petting zoo, food and live entertainment.
Bring your blanket for a traditional fireworks display. Visit GlenEllyn4thofJuly.com for information on special "Boomer Booster Seats" on the Lake Ellyn boathouse dock.
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 GlenEllyn4thofJuly.com for more information.
Kids enjoy the inflatables and painting a 20-foot mural and can sign the Declaration of Independence. Includes kids' activities, a magic show and performance by the The Navy Band Great Lakes.
The museum marks America's birthday and the Trolley Museum's 46th birthday with $2 fares for all riders.
Includes concessions, Oak Lawn's Got Talent, a treasure hunt, obstacle course, kids tattoos, carnivals games, pony rides, inflatables, bingo, crafts, and more. Free evening entertainment that includes Dave Rudolf will be held at the football field at Richards High School.
Highlights include patriotic musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence and a children's parade led by the World's Tallest Uncle Sam.
Event features food, a beer garden, live music, activities for kids and fireworks display.