10 Fourth of July celebrations in the South suburbs

The Fourth of July is one of my absolute favorite holidays. There is just something about the smell of sunblock, firing up the grill, relaxing outside, and spending time with family and friends that remind me of the summers of my youth. Another part of the holiday that reminds me of when I was growing up is how I can see the fireworks in my neighborhood from the comfort of my home.

For those of you not as lucky to put on your jammies and watch the fireworks from your living room, or for those that don’t mind battling the bugs and crowds: here is a list of the dates and times of all the South suburban community Fourth of July celebrations and fireworks.

Chicago Heights: Fireworks will follow live entertainment at dusk at Bloom High School on July 2.

Glenwood: Fireworks will be on July 4 and begin at dusk. They will be set off from Glenwoodie Golf Course.

Homewood: There will be a parade on July 4 that begins at 10 a.m. and travels along Ridge Road. You are also able to take part in the Family Fun Fest from 11 a.m. -2 p.m.

Frankfort: There will be a celebration on July 4 in the Main Park beginning at 5 p.m. with music, games, and concessions. The fireworks will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Mokena: There will be an entire day of activities in this suburb on July 4 including a parade that begins at 10 a.m. that begins at LaPorte and Wolf Road. There will also be a several activities at the park including music and re-enactors. Fireworks will begin at dusk.

New Lenox: On July 4 at 7 p.m. there will be a rock concert at The Commons followed by the American Legion Band. Stay for the Fireworks which will begin at 9:15 p.m.

Oak Forest: Fireworks on July 4 begin at dusk at 159th and Central.

Palos Heights: You will be able to view fireworks from beautiful Lake Katherine on July 3 at dusk. Come early to find a spot as this is such a gorgeous location.

Orland Park: Annual fireworks will be held on July 4 at 9:15 p.m. from Centennial Park. Come early and enjoy a concert that will begin at 7:15 p.m.

Tinley Park: Activities begin early on July 4 at McCarthy Park at 4 p.m. with music, games, food, entertainment, and even bouncy houses for the kids. Stay for the fireworks which will begin promptly at 9:15 p.m.

Now that you have so many options for enjoying celebrations in the far south suburbs, where will you go?

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