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  • Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks, featuring bike decorating and a parade, inflatables, face painting, touch-a-truck, messages to deployed troops, fireworks and more.
  • 6 p.m. July 3; fireworks at dusk
  • Plainfield Central High School, 24120 W. Fort Beggs Drive


  • Lakewood Falls Fireworks Show: Tune in to Star 96.7 and listen along as you watch the fireworks display.
  • July 1 at dusk
  • Bruce Ponti Park, 13909 S. Budler Road


  • Independence Day Celebration with live music, food and fireworks.
  • 6 p.m. July 3; fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Festivities start at 6 p.m. at Deer Crossing Park, 1050 W. Romeo Road, and fireworks are at 9:30 p.m. at Village Park, 900 W. Romeo Road


  • 4th of July Extravaganza — The All-American Celebration: Featuring a BBQ buffet (call 630-771-9400, ext. 4008 for reservations); live music from the Gina Glocksen Band, Hillbilly Rock Starz, Fool House and ARRA; a performance of the National Anthem from Chicago Blackhawks tenor Jim Cornelison; and “spectacular fireworks.” Free shuttle bus pickup at Carlow Industrial Park and Plainfield East High School.
  • 2 p.m. July 4; fireworks at dusk
  • Bolingbrook Golf Club, 2001 Rodeo Drive


  • Free Independence Day Celebration and Fireworks featuring live bands (OutDrejus, Junkyard Dogs, Hot Mess, Tamara Martinez, Tommy Slab), food, games and brews. Free admission and food and drink available for purchase.
  • 5 to 10 p.m. July 1; fireworks at dusk
  • Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park, 201 W. Jefferson St. at Bluff Street
  • Joliet July 4 Celebration
  • 9:30-9:45 p.m. July 4
  • Joliet Memorial Stadium, 3000 W. Jefferson St.


  • Grundy County Fair fireworks: Admission is free for the fireworks, but there are fees for some events/activities at the fair, which features rides, games, livestock demonstrations/judging, Magic Matt’s Family Fun Show, eating contests street stock racing and more.
  • July 3 at dusk
  • Grundy County Fairgrounds, 8890 Route 47


  • Independence Day Celebration featuring a “freedom parade” with kids, pets and bikes, a foam pit, sand art, inflatables, face-painting, live music from Young Guns, dodge ball, concessions, drinks and an after-fireworks party until 10:30 p.m.
  • 5:30 to 10:30 p.m. p.m. July 4; fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
  • Community Park, 23304 W. McClintock Road


  • Ribfest fireworks: The annual fest — jam-packed with live music, a family fun area with carnival rides and, of course, award-winning ribs — goes out with a bang during a spectacular fireworks display.
  • 9:30 p.m. July 3
  • Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.


  • 4th of July Celebration including performances by the American Legion Band, Fox Valley Orchestra, and free shuttles from 6 to 9 p.m. — plus “an attempt to create a world record for the most people head-banging to ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ in honor of Aurora’s famous duo, Wayne and Garth. Coolers, food and drinks are welcome, but no alcohol.
  • 3 p.m. July 4; fireworks at dusk
  • RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway St.


  • Independence Day Fireworks: Bring blankets and lawn chairs and come enjoy the show; fireworks viewers are encouraged to use the Traughber Junior High School, Eastview Elementary, Prairie Point Elementary and the parking lots of Oswego High School. Handicap parking will be made available in the school district’s Bus Transportation lot on Plank Road.
  • 9:30 p.m. July 4 (rain date July 5)
  • Prairie Point Community Park, 4120 Plainfield Rd.


  • Fourth of July Celebration: Thing kick off with a parade at 9 a.m. at Yorkville High School, followed by activities until noon at Yorkville Town Square (301 N. Bridge St.) including foot races, water fights and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band. Food and drink available for purchase
  • 9 a.m. July 4; fireworks at dusk
  • Town Square, 301 N. Bridge St.