Fourth of July Events for Chicago Families

Celebrate Independence Day with these kid-friendly and firework events in the city and suburbs.

Fourth of July features everything red, white and blue and big, beautiful firework displays for families to enjoy. Whether you’re in the mood for a fun craft, some outdoor music or a fireworks show, we’ve got you covered.

Star Spangled Garland

June 27, 2023

Ages 6 and up can create their own red, white and blue garland just in time for Fourth of July. Registration required.

Firework Painting

June 28, 2023

Ages 6 to 13 can enjoy painting Fourth of July fireworks at Jeffery Manor Branch using recycled materials. Registration required.

Star Spangled Painting

June 28, 2023

Ages 6 to 13 can enjoy painting Fourth of July fireworks at Jeffery Manor Branch using nontraditional printmaking techniques. Registration required.

Navy Pier’s Official 4th of July Fireworks Show on the Water with Chicago Fireboat Tours

June 28, 2023

Step aboard the Fred A. Busse to catch the official 4th of July Fireworks Show at Navy Pier. Chicago Fireboat Tours will host their special fireworks cruise so you have one of the best views of the show, right on the water.

Decorate Patriotic Pretzels

July 3, 2023

Stop in to decorate some pretzels for the Fourth of July at Gage Park Branch, while supplies last.

Drop In 4th of July Craft

July 3, 5, 2023

Ages 3 and up can drop in at Little Italy Branch to create a variety of red, white and blue crafts to make and take home.

Aurora Fourth of July Fireworks

July 3, 2023

Join the city of Aurora for their annual firework show with the theme, “City of Lights” this year. DJ Suave Smooth will be spinning at RiversEdge and DJ Pena will be spinning at McCullough Park. Wilder Park and Promenade will host a food truck court beginning at 5 p.m.

4th on 53rd Parade and Free Festival

July 4, 2023

he day will begin at 11 a.m. with the parade and feature floats, community groups, marching bands and kids on decorated bikes and scooters on the 1.3-mile route. Afterwards, there will be a free festival at noon with performances, face painting, bounce houses, petting zoo, magician and much more.

Aurora Fourth of July Parade

July 4, 2023

The parade route will begin at Benton and River, head east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer and Middle Ave.

Glen Ellyn 4th of July Parade & Festival

July 4, 2023

Downtown Glen Ellyn will host their 4th of July Parade at noon with music, floats and American pride. Later in the evening, head to Lake Ellyn Park to see their fireworks display at dusk.

Glenview Fourth of July

July 4, 2023

Join the Fourth of July celebrations with a bike parade, floats, live music, entertainers, food trucks and more. End the evening with a fireworks show, synchronized to music in Galley Park.

Independence Day | Remember, Reconnect, and Represent

July 4, 2023

  • Address: Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark St., Chicago
  • Cost: Illinois residents/free; Nonresidents: $19/adult, $17/senior and students, free/ages 12 and under

Join the museum for their Fourth of July event featuring music from the Americana Concert Band and family-friendly activities.

Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks

July 4, 2023

  • Address: Lake Forest Parks & Recreation, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest
  • Cost: $30-$35/non-residents, $25-$30/residents, free/under 5; $20/parking pass day of event (cash-only)

This event features musical entertainment and a firework display on the North Shore, set to patriotic music.


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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Chicago Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring new places with her son.
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