Whether you’re celebrating America’s independence from Britain or the only acceptable day to wear an American flag beach tank, find something to do with our picks of the top Fourth of July events in suburban Chicago. For more things to do in the suburbs, visit Pioneer Local’s event calendar.
All events are on July 4 unless otherwise noted.
Patriot Celebration, 5 p.m. July 2, Wilmette
Celebrate the birthday of America with a picnic and concert of summertime music at the center. This is a pre-4th event designed to start the party early and avoid the crowds. The event will be help outside on the back patio if the weather allows, but seating is available inside as well. Call 847-256-9623 or come into the center to sign up. Mallinckrodt Center, 1041 Ridge Road. $15-$17.
Fourth of July Playground Sports, 9 a.m., Evanston
All ages can celebrate the Fourth of July with playground sports and games offered at parks throughout Evanston, including three-legged races, pie-eating contests and more. Locations include:
- Lincolnwood Elementary School, 2600 Colfax St.
- Willard Elementary School, 2700 Hurd Ave.
- Kamen West Park, South Boulevard and Asbury Avenue
- Robert Crown Community Center, 1701 Main St.
- Baker Park, Forest Avenue and Keeney Street
- King Lab School, 2424 Lake St.
- Elks Park, Mulford Street and Callan Avenue
- Raymond Park, Chicago Avenue and Grove Street
- Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, 1655 Foster St.
Lake Bluff’s Fourth of July Celebration, 9:30 a.m., Lake Bluff
Lake Bluff celebrate’s its 104th Fourth of July. This year’s theme is “America’s Pastimes.” Parade starts at Oak Ave. and E. Center Ave. At noon, head to Artesian Park for firehose games and pickleball. Downtown Lake Bluff, Center Avenue. Free.
Highland Park Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m., Highland Park
Highland Park celebrates Independence Day with floats, music and more. Downtown Highland Park, 442 Central Ave. Free.
Winnetka Fourth of July Parade, 10 a.m., Winnetka
Watch and support local organizations and community members as they march in Winnetka’s Annual Fourth of July Parade along with the Jesse White Tumblers, orchestras, pipe bands, Dixieland Bands, jugglers, Uncle Sam on stilts and more. The parade steps off from the intersection of Elm Street and Glendale Avenue and heads east to the Village Green. Intersection, Elm Street and Glendale Avenue.
Highland Park Fourth Fest, 11 a.m., Highland Park
Carnival rides, food from local restaurants and live music keep you and your family entertained for the afternoon. Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road. Free.
Fourth of July Festivities, 11 a.m., Glencoe
The Park District hosts a full day of Fourth of July events for all ages, including the Rotary Fun Run, a watermelon eating contest, the Glencoe Parade, children’s entertainment, preschool games at Kalk Park, live music, Glencoe’s Got Talent and fireworks at Lakefront Park. Lakefront Park, 55 Hazel Ave.
Events on the Green, 11 a.m., Winnetka
Join the community after the Fourth of July Parade for the traditional flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races. Village Green, Elm and Oak Streets.
Skokie Fourth of July Parade, noon, Skokie
The parade begins at Oakton Community College and ends at Oakton Park. Oakton Community College Skokie Campus, 7701 N. Lincoln Ave. Free.
Fun Run, 1:15 p.m., Evanston
The Fourth of July Fun Run is along Central Street following the parade. Central Street.
Independence Day Parade, 2 p.m., Evanston
The Evanston Fourth of July Parade begins on Central Park Avenue and travels east on Central Street to Ashland Avenue. The parade includes as many as 140 entrants. Central Park Avenue.
Lake Forest Fourth of July Festival, 4 p.m. Lake Forest
Food, fireworks and fun all await at Lake Forest’s Fourth of July Festival. VIP and family passes are available. Parking fees apply. Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road. $10 residents, $15 nonresidents.
Independence Day Festivities and Fireworks, 5 p.m. Skokie
Community members are invited to celebrate the Fourth of July with food, games and a concert featuring the Triple Threat Band and Mike and Joe. The first 1,000 attendees receive 3D glasses for the fireworks show at 8:30 p.m. Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St. Free.
Fourthfest, 6 p.m., Winnetka
Celebrate Independence Day with games, entertainment, food, music and fireworks for the whole family. Bring dinner or purchase food at the event. Attractions and entertainment include face-painters, balloonists, moon walks, a giant slide and more. Duke Childs Field, Hibbard and Willow roads.
Fourth of July Twilight Concert and Fireworks, 7:30 p.m., Evanston
The festivities begin with the announcements of the first place winners of the parade by the association president Tracy Alden and celebration manager Kate Lee Fester, followed by a performance by the Palatine Concert Band, featuring patriotic music and more. The musical fireworks extravaganza begins at 9:15 p.m. and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of downtown Evanston. Viewers can tune their radio to 90.5 FM to listen to the show. Clark Street Beach, Sheridan Road and Church Street. Free.
Tie-Dye for the Fourth of July, 2 p.m. June 27, Mundelein
Tie-dye lovers of all ages bring one white t-shirt and bleed it with red, white and blue. Outdoors; weather permitting. Fremont Public Library District, 1170 N. Midlothian Road. Free.
Rocky Mountain Chocolate Making, 2 p.m. June 30, Park Ridge
Rocky Mountain Chocolate stops in to help students create Independence Day chocolate treats. For students in grades six to 12. A second session begins at 3 p.m. Park Ridge Public Library, 20 S. Prospect Ave.
America’s Greatest Patriotic Composers, 2 p.m. July 3, Wheeling
Through music and narration, learn how the music of Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, George M. Cohen and others has endured. Register at www.itpld.org or 847-279-2232. Indian Trails Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road. Free.
Freedom Classic 5K Run/Walk, 8 a.m., Mundelein
Celebrate the Fourth of July with the 5K race that takes runners from Community Park through Cambridge Country North. Medals for 5K winners are awarded to the top three finishers in each age category. There will also be a half-mile run for kids ages 4-10 that is free and requires no registration. Sign up before the event and save $5. Keith Mione Community Park, 1401 N. Midlothian Road. $35.
Village of Niles Fourth of July Parade and Celebration, 9 a.m., Niles
The Village of Niles is sponsoring the Fourth of July Parade. The parade route begins at Notre Dame College Prep and ends at Grennan Heights Park where there will be holiday entertainment, including performances by R-Gang Band and the Wilmette Community Band, games for kids, face painting, a community information tent and pony rides. Notre Dame College Prep, 7655 W. Dempster St.
Red, White and Splash, noon, Norridge
Celebrate Independence Day poolside with scavenger hunts, a water balloon toss, coin dive and more. Grilled hotdogs, hamburgers and concessions are available for purchase. Norridge Park District, 4631 N. Overhill Ave. Afternoon gate fees apply, free for pool-pass holders.
Annual Independence Day Concert, 7 p.m., Buffalo Grove
Performance by Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band. Rotary Village Green, Buffalo Grove and Old Checker Roads.
Patriotic Tie Dye, 2 p.m. June 28, River Forest
Make something special to wear for the Fourth of July. Bring your own clothing to tie dye in red and blue. This is an all-ages event. River Forest Public Library, 735 Lathrop Ave. Free.
Patriotic Favorites and Show Tune Singalongs, 4:30 p.m. June 29, St. Charles
The Fox Valley Academy and Philharmonic perform uniquely American music on its Concert in the Park performance. The program will conclude with the traditional playing of John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever” conducted by the city of St. Charles’ Mayor Raymond Rogina. Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave. Free.
Fourth of July Celebration, 10 a.m., Elmwood Park
Celebrate the United States of America with the Village of Elmwood Park. Enjoy the Fourth of July Parade, followed by various activities leading up to the fireworks show. Elmwood Park High School, 8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
GALA July Fourth Fireworks Show, 8:30 p.m. Oak Park
The Community Bank of Oak Park River Forest presents to fireworks show at the high school stadium. The event is free and open to the public. Oak Park and River Forest High School, 201 N. Scoville Ave.
Travel America Summer Festival, 10 a.m. July 5, Lisle
This Independence Day, travel the diverse regions of the United States with the whole family, through food, live music, games, tram tours of the arboretum tree collections and more. The event includes everything from blue grass music to Tex-Mex food to Native American entertainment and old-school sack races. The celebration is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 5 and 6. Morton Arboretum, 4100 Illinois 53.
Independence Day Parade, 10 a.m., Hinsdale
The parade steps off from the corner of East Sixth and South Garfield streets, heads north to First Street, continues west to Grant Street, turns south on Grant Street and ends at Sixth and Grant streets. The village encourages community groups, families and businesses to participate in the parade. Downtown Hinsdale, East Sixth and South Garfield streets.
Independence Day Celebration, 11 a.m., Hinsdale
The festivities follow the Hinsdale Independence Day Parade and include an arts and crafts fair, family entertainment, inflatables, carnival games, face painting, a concert and turtle races. Burlington Park, 30 E. Chicago Ave. Free.
Red, White and Blue Day, 12:30 p.m., Hinsdale
Any adult or child with a suit or towel that has the colors red, white and blue receive a discounted pool-entrance rate all day. Hinsdale Community Pool, 500 W. Hinsdale Ave. $4.
Stars and Stripes 5K Run, 8 a.m., Tinley Park
Tinley Park Park District hosts an all-ages race for Independence Day. Awards will be given for first, second and third place finishers in each age category, split between men and women. Pre-registration ends June 27, and runners can pick up their registration packet June 28 and 29 at the Tony Bettenhausen Recreation Center. The first 550 registrants receive a free T-shirt. McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave. $16 with pre-registration, $19 day of race.
Fourth of July Celebration, 11 a.m., Tinley Park
Tinley Park celebrates Independence Day with a full day of free events. Miniature Golf, batting cages, carnival rides, music, food, fireworks and more are all scheduled. McCarthy Park, 16801 S. 80th Ave. Free.
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