Fourth of July Activities

Fourth of July

What are your plans for the Fourth of July? If you don’t have any yet and are staying in the area, use our list below to help you decide! We have events for both those who want to head into the city and those who’d like to stay in the suburbs.


  • Navy Pier Fireworks – July 4th at 9 pm
  • Chicago History Museum 53rd Annual Fourth of July Celebration – July 4th from 10 am -12 pm
  • Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Celebration – July 4th in Millennium Park
  • African Caribbean International Festival of Life – July 4-8 in Washington Park
  • Wicker Park Fountain Water Balloon Fight – July 4th at 12 pm


  • Naperville Ribfest – July 3-7 in Knoch Park (fireworks on July 4th)
  • Bolingbrook All-American Celebration – July 4 (fireworks at 9:15 pm)
  • Aurora Independence Day Parade – July 4 at 9:15 am
  • Plainfield Patriotic Picnic and Fireworks – July 3 from 5-9:10 pm
  • Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Celebration – July 4th (All Day)

We know there’s a lot more Fourth of July events going on as well—these are just a few! If you’d like to share any additional events going on in the area, please post them in the comments section!