Fourth of July 2021: Parades, Fesivals and Fireworks!

DuPage County: 

Elk Grove Village:

  • The village will kick off the 2021 Midsummer Classics concert series with a July 4th concert by Daughtry at 8:00 p.m. on Rotary Green. There will be a special giveaway after the concert as well.
    For more information click here.


  • The Naperville Salute celebration will be held at Rotary Hill on July 2 and 3 along the Riverwalk and downtown Naperville.
  • For more information click here.
  • Firworks will be displayed from Frontier Park in Naperville. Listen to synchronized music on 95.9 The River on your car radio!

Downers Grove:

Glen Ellyn:

Will County: 

New Lenox:

  • Musical performances and food will be available during New Lenox’s Independence Day celebration. The event will be held at the Village Commons.
    For more information click here.


  • Free live music will be offered to kick off the Independence Day weekend on July 2. The Southside Soul Kings will be performing at Lincoln Landing.
    For more information click here.



  • Mokena’s 4th of July Parade is back. It will take place at noon on July 4, stepping off at LaPorte Road and Mokena Street and ending at Granite Road.For more information click here.


  • Joliet will host its 4th of July fireworks show at the Joliet Jr. College main campus. 9:15pm on July 4th.
    For more information click here.


  • Bolingbrook will be celebrating Independence Day with events at the Promenade Bolingbrook, Clow International Airport, and fireworks show at the Bolingbrook Golf Club.
  • For more information about the fireworks, including Scott Mackay’s live broadcast, click here.

Kane County:


  • The City of Aurora celebrates Independence Day with a spectacular fireworks display on the evening of Friday, July 2nd, 2021, in downtown Aurora! Best viewing is available at RiverEdge Park (gates opening at 7:00 PM) and McCullough Park.
  • For more information click here.
  • Aurora’s annual July 4 parade will step off at 10 a.m. on July 4 in downtown Aurora.
  • For more information click here.


West Dundee:

  • The $4 on the Fourth event will take place at the Dolphin Cove Family Aquatic Center for families to swim over the holiday.
    For more information click here.

East Dundee:

  • Santa’s Village in East Dundee is offering one free child admission, 12 or younger, with the purchase of one full paid general admission ticket on July 4. Families can celebrate Independence Day with thrill rides, water slides, and more.
  • For more information click here.


Cook County:

Arlington Heights:

  • Carnival Jamboree will begin July 1 and continue throughout Independence Day weekend. The Frontier Days Festival has been canceled and set to return in 2022.
    For more information click here.


  • The two-day Independence Day Salute celebration at Grant Park Music Festival kicks off on July 2. The event will begin at 6 p.m. The concert will feature patriotic music including “Armed Forces Salute,” “Florence Price’s Dances in the Canebrakes,” the “1812 Overture” and the grand finale, “Stars and Stripes Forever.”
    For more information click here.
  • Live on the Lake at Navy Pier offers free live music in the Navy Pier Beer Garden on July 4. The event will feature OSTON, The Shades and Creedence Revived. Music will begin at 1 p.m.
    For more information click here.


Mchenry County: 

Crystal Lake:

  • Lakeside Festival runs from July 1 to July 4 at the Dole Mansion and Lakeside Arts Park. The Independence Day parade will also be held on July 4.
    For more information click here.



  • Fourth of July fireworks will be launched.
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DeKalb County: 


  • On July 4. from 3 p.m. to 10 p.m., Hopkins Park will host a celebration of the nation’s independence. Guests can expect DJ entertainment, food vendors and a municipal band concert.
    For more information click here.


  • The Fourth of July parade will step off at 11 a.m. on July 4. It will have an extended route to follow social distancing guidelines.
    For more information click here.

LaSalle County:


  • From July 1 to July 4, Chicago Skydive is offering its guests to jump in celebration. There will also be competitions and a firework show to enjoy. For more information click here.
  • Ottawa fireworks take place starting at 9 p.m. July 4 at Ottawa Township High School. For more information click here.

Kendall County:


  • The village of Oswego is hosting fireworks at about 9:30 p.m. on July 4, 2021, at Prairie Point Park.
    For more information click here.


  • Independence Day parade will begin on July 3 at 9 a.m. Following the parade, the city will host activities on the Town Square including children’s foot races, bounce houses, and a performance by the Yorkville Community Band.  In addition to activities, food and drink will be available for purchase at Town Square.
    For more information click here.

Grundy County:


  • The Grundy County Fair runs from June 30 through July 4. Some activities include magic shows, petting zoos, musical entertainment and more.
    For more information click here.