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Fourth of July Fireworks

Find a fireworks display in the Chicago area.
Thursday Jun 10, 2010.     By Centerstage Chicago Staff
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The big downtown display may have been cancelled, but you can still get your fireworks fix in many other ways this Independence Day. Here's where and when to watch the skies on July 4.

City

Navy Pier
July 4; 9 p.m.
The Pier is no stranger to fireworks; it fills the lakefront with them on Wednesday and Saturday nights from Memorial Day through Labor Day. But amid all the multi-color fun is the biggie: The extended fireworks for the fourth is a 15-minute display set to patriotic music on 101.9 FM The Mix.

North Side (Foster to Montrose)
July 4; 9 p.m.
North Siders get their own 15-minute display this year, with the same 101.9 FM soundtrack.

South Side (63rd Street Beach to Promontory Point)
July 4; 9 p.m.
South Siders, no need to travel. You'll have your 15 minutes of fireworks, too.

Suburbs

July 2

Evergreen Park (Duffy Park)
July 2; dusk
Come early for the parade, which starts at 6:30 p.m. and heads to 91st and Richmond. Then stay for the fireworks show at dusk.

Lockport (Dellwood Park)
July 2; dusk
Games, concerts and fireworks beginning around 6:15 p.m. will make the 4th a day of fun in Lockport.

July 3
Arlington Heights (Arlington Park)
July 3; 7:30 p.m.
Arlington Park has a tradition of lighting up the northwest suburb's skies, with an over-30-minute display planned this year. It's part of an all-day celebration that includes racing (beginning at 4 p.m.), two stages of live music and more. Admission is $8 in advance, $10 at the gate.

July 4

Barrington High School
July 4; dusk
Fireworks kick off at dusk from the Barrington High School front lawn. Before then you can explore an antique fire truck and listen to live music (it's the culmination of a four-day fest).

Batavia (Engstrom Park, Millview and West Main)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Before the fireworks, Engstrom Park will be filled with the aroma of food vendors and the sounds of music by Automatic Fixx. The "Sky Concert" begins promptly at 9:30 p.m.

Bensenville (Redmond Recreational Complex)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Kick off your evening with the sounds of Sting Ray and American English (a Beatles tribute band). Fireworks begin after the music. Refreshments will be available for purchase.

Buffalo Grove Golf Course
July 4; 9:15 p.m.
The Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band will delight with a special two hour pre-fireworks concert. This large and full range band has impressed audiences and will perform a variety of classic and contemporary symphonic band pieces as well as accompany the BG Singers. The annual fireworks display will immediately follow the concert, with excellent viewing from the Rotary Village Green, the Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream.

Des Plaines (Oakton Community College)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
At 5 p.m. the grounds at Oakton Community College will be available for picnicking, children's games, pony rides and face painting. The fireworks will get underway at 9:30 p.m.

Evanston
July 4; 9:15 p.m.
Fireworks will be launched from Clark Street Beach, following a live music performance. If you want your summertime fun to start even earlier, check out the parade at 2 p.m.

Hoffman Estates (Village Hall Grounds)
July 4, 9:30 p.m.
The fireworks display kicks off at 10 p.m., but there's a lot going on all week. The Independence Day carnival runs from July 1-5.

Lake Forest (Deerpath Community Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Plan on starting your July 4th celebration at 5 p.m., when the Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks begins. You'll find food and beverages from local restaurants, live music and a new tweens and teens area, capped off by fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $7.50 in advance, and $10 at the gate.

Lincolnshire (Spring Lake Park) July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Red, White & Boom!, the annual two-day Fourth of July celebration, begins with lots of kid-friendly events on July 3. The big show (along with live music, a cardboard boat regatta and more) occurs on the 4th.

Lombard (Madison Meadow Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
The Taste of Lombard will feature more than just fireworks at 9:30 p.m. Get your fill of tasty eats like a lobster pita, fried Twinkies, cinnamon-roasted almonds, foot-long hotdogs and funnel cakes. Tons of live music is in store as well.

Morton Grove (Harrer Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
A Community Parade kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Central & Dempster and moves west to Harrer Park; hang out in the park for the afternoon, and snag a prime fireworks viewing spot. Fireworks blast off at 9:30 p.m.

Mundelein (Festival Grounds)
July 4; 9:30 p.m. p.m.
After enjoying Mundelein Community Days (July 2-4), featuring kids' activities, live music and more, take in some fireworks on the 4th.

Naperville (Knoch Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Taking over the sky as part of Ribfest, Naperville's 30-minute fireworks display begins at 9:30 p.m. Also part of Ribfest are music acts like Foghat and The Charlie Daniels Band. And, of course, ribs.

Northbrook (Techny Park)
July 4; 8:45 p.m.
There are plenty of ways to celebrate the stars and stripes on the 4th. A mile-long float-filled parade kicks off at 2:30. Fireworks begin at dusk.

Palatine (Community Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Fireworks start at dark, around 9 p.m., but before they do indulge your playful side at the Hometown Fest (July 1-5).

Skokie 3-D fireworks (Niles West High School)
July 4
Skokie's Fourth of July parade kicks off at noon and features marching bands, tumblers, live animals, drill teams, clowns, vintage automobiles, and more from Oakton Community College on Lincoln Avenue to Oakton Street, then east from downtown to Oakton Park. The fun moves to Niles WestHigh School at 5 p.m., with 3-D firework action beginning at dusk. The first 10,000 people get free pair of 3-D glasses.

Vernon Hills (Century Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
You might want to take a nap after the morning parade: It's going to be a full evening. Families will gather at Century Park at 6:30 p.m. to take in the sounds of J.P and the Cats. At approximately 9:30 p.m. the fireworks will overtake the skies over Big Bear and Little Bear Lakes.

Waukegan Harbor
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
Want to watch fireworks at the water's edge? There's no need to head all the way to Chicago. Waukegan Harbor will be ablaze at 9:30 p.m.

Wilmette (Gillson Park)
July 3; 9:30 p.m.
Games and rides for children, entertainment, roving performers, and a Tastefest are all part of the festivities beginning at 4 p.m. A traditional concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in the Wallace Bowl. It will be preceded by a sneak preview of this summer's Broadway Show Sneak Preview: "The Sound of Music." The Grand Fireworks display lights up the sky at 9:30 p.m. There will be shuttle bus service for $3.50 round-trip.

Winnetka (Duke Child's Field)
July 4; 9:15 p.m.
Pack a picnic dinner and listen to kids' music at the Fourth Fest, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. There will be face painters, a moon walk and and mini-golf as well. Fireworks with recorded musical accompaniment begins at 9:15 p.m. If you want to start early, there will be a parade at 1 p.m. and other events beginning at 2 p.m.

Zion (Shiloh Park)
July 4; 9:30 p.m.
A full day of food, fun, music (from the FullScore Chamber Orchestra) and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.

 

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