Looking for some Fourth of July patriotic fun? We’ve rounded up some festivals, fireworks, and parades happening nearby. Break out the red, white, and blue!


July 1-3: Eyes to the Skies Festival, Lisle

Lisle Community Park, 1825 Short Street

An amazing hot air balloon festival, including a carnival, craft fair, parade, and children’s activities. Fireworks go off every night at 9:45.



July 1-4: Ribfest, Naperville

Knoch Park, 724 S. West St.

This is the 28th year for the popular rib and food festival, which also includes a carnival, family activities and a main stage featuring Sheryl Crow, Gin Blossoms, 3 Doors Down, and more. Fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m.



July 3: Taste of Oak Brook

Oak Brook Polo Fields, 700 Oak Brook Road

Fireworks begin at sunset, and the Taste runs 4-9 p.m. with live music, food, kids entertainment, and a petting zoo.



July 3: Schaumburg Boomers baseball

Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road

The Schaumburg boomers take on the Normal CornBelters at 6:30 p.m. The Jesse White Tumblers and Myron Noodleman perform after the game followed by an expanded, patriotic fireworks display.  



July 4: 4 on the 4th Race

Elmhurst College, 190 S. Prospect Ave.

Elmhurst’s annual 4-mile runner’s race takes off at 7:15 a.m. Participants run a circuit through downtown Elmhurst and around Wilder Park. The course is USATF-certified and a CARA Runner’s Choice Circuit. Kids 1K will start at 8:25.



July 4: Hinsdale Parade and Family Festival

The parade steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown Hinsdale, followed by a Family Festival at Burlington Park that includes an arts and crafts fair, kids' activities, and a concert band performance.



July 4:  Westmont Fourth of July Celebration

Ty Warner Park, Plaza and Blackhawk Drive

The fun begins at 4 p.m. and includes food, kids’ activities, a petting zoo, face painting, balloon artists, watermelon eating contest, and music. Fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m.



July 4: Navy Pier Fireworks

600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago

Chicago’s famous fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m., all synchronized to patriotic music over Lake Michigan. You can view them on Navy Pier, on the water, or from any nearby beach or venue. Or you can attend the Freedom Festival on the rooftop terrace of Navy Pier. The family-friendly event includes barbecue, full bar, music, and perfect views of the fireworks.



July 4: Glen Ellyn Fourth of July

Lake Ellyn, 645 Lenox Rd

Glen Ellyn hosts a full day of activities. The Freedom Four Four-Mile Run starts at 8:00 a.m. at Glenbard West Football Field. The parade steps off at noon in downtown Glen Ellyn and ends at Lake Ellyn where an afternoon festival, including food, a carnival, and bands, will run until 4 p.m. The Grand Fireworks display goes off at dusk.



July 4: Bensenville Liberty Fest

Redmond Park, 545 John St.

An Independence Day parade steps off at 10 a.m. in downtown Bensenville, followed by a Taste of the Towns food festival in Redmond Park and fireworks beginning at 9:30