11 Fourth of July Events for Chicago Families

From virtual events on the computer to drive-in fireworks, celebrations of America’s independence will continue in an age of quarantine. Read some of our Fourth of July picks below and find the most updated list on our calendar.


US President Virtual Trivia Contest


When: 12:30 p.m. July 1


Where: Zoom


Cost: Free


In honor of Independence Day, put your knowledge to the test with a star-spangled list of 20 trivia questions about the Presidents of the United States. Great for kids who know their presidents.


Parade Adventure


When: July 1, 4 p.m.


Where: Zoom


Cost: $10


Kids ages 2-5 will take an adventure through a parade with Miss Brittny of Bubbles Academy. Check the event website for any needed supplies.


Drive-Up Fireworks


When: July 3; 7:30 p.m. lot opens, 9:15 p.m. fireworks


Where: SeatGeek Stadium 7000 S. Harlem Ave., Bridgeview


Cost: Free


Bridgeview Park District hosts a Drive-Up Fireworks show to celebrate Independence Day.


Drive-In Fireworks at Boomers Stadium


When: July 3 & 4; 7:30 p.m. lot opens, 9:30 p.m. fireworks


Where: Boomers Stadium, 1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg


Cost: $20 per car, $120 all-you-can-eat dinner, $400 per 10-person suite


Families can enjoy a Drive-In fireworks show from the comfort of their cars in the West Parking Lot at Boomers Stadium or in the comfort of a 10-person suite, complete with dinner before the show. Families as many as six can enjoy a reserved table inside the stadium with an all-you-can-eat meal before the game (tables will be spaced at acceptable social distances).


Stay-Home Fireworks Romeoville


When: July 3, 9:30 p.m.


Where: Romeoville High School Auditorium, 100 N. Independence, Romeoville


Cost: Free


The village of Romeoville will host three simultaneous fireworks displays that can be seen across the area and from homes in town. The shows will be based from Volunteer Park, Lukancic Middle School and Discovery Park, and the parking lots at these facilities will be closed during the shows. Residents are encouraged to stay home to view the fireworks as access to the three sites will be restricted.


Virtual Chosen Few DJs Music Fest & Picnic


When: July 4, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.


Where: Virtual


Cost: Free


Enjoy the virtual edition of the annual gathering to celebrate house music, as well as the city’s rich house music heritage. The day-long festival features non-stop DJ performances and special musical guests.


Navy Pier July 4 Festival


When: July 4, 10 a.m.-midnight


Where: Navy Pier


Cost: Free


Guests can enjoy live DJs and Wave Wall Wax concerts while practicing social distancing and wearing face masks. The lakefront fireworks show is canceled this year. Visit event website for schedule of performances.


Evanston’s Virtual 4th of July Celebration


When: July 4, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


Where: Virtual


Cost: Free


Families can enjoy a virtual parade, streamed band concert and fireworks show as well as have a chance to win prizes.


Northbrook’s 4th of July Porch Parade


When: July 4, 2-4 p.m.


Where: Northbrook


Cost: Free


As an alternative to the traditional Fourth of July parade, Northbrook residents are invited to create their own “floats” by decorating their porch, house, front yard, or front window. Families can then follow the “route” to see the decorated homes from their cars. The interactive map will be shared via the Village website, social media, or by texting 4THJULY to 888777.


Orland Park July 4 Celebration & Fireworks


When: July 4; 7:15 p.m. music, 9:30 p.m. fireworks


Where: Centennial Park, 15600 West Ave., Orland Park


Cost: Free for Orland Park residents


Orland Park residents can enjoy a fireworks and music celebration. Social distancing protocol will be in effect as well as increased sanitation and no water fountains. To maintain reduced capacities, vehicles with a current village of Orland Park sticker only will be allowed to park at Centennial Park, the 159th Street Metra station and Centennial Park West during the celebration.


Bolingbrook Drive-In Fireworks


When: July 4, 9 p.m. or dusk


Where: Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive, Bolingbrook, Illinois


Cost: Free


Viewable from the area around the Bolingbrook Golf Club, the pyrotechnics in Bolingbrook have been asked to raise the height of the fireworks for greater viewing around the area. Parking will be allowed on nearby roads and parking lots for “drive-in” viewing.


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This article originally published on June 21, 2019. It has been updated with the most recent information. 


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