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Fourth of July 2021: Parades, Fests and Celebrations!

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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.

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  • Bridgeview Park District will hold a “3rd of July” celebration with live music, food trucks and family-friendly wrestling performances.

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  • 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.”

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  • 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.

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  • In-person celebration canceled but offering a virtual one. For more information click here.




  • Wilmette will be hosting an in-person Yankee Doodle Dash 5k on July 3 and a virtual one on July 3 and 4. Also on July 3, Wilmette will offer live music and food during its Fun & Fireworks festivities at Gillson Park starting at 4 p.m.
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Lake County: 

Lake Zurich:

  • Lake Zurich will celebrate Independence Day with its annual Family Day. Visitors can enjoy live music, play at the beach, eat food, and more at Paulus Park.

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Lake Forest:

  • Festivals will begin at 6 p.m. on July 4 at Deerpath Community Park.

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  • No celebrations will be held this year, but there will be fireworks.

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Round Lake:

  • Fourth of July celebrations will be held at Round Lake Area Park District on July 3.  The Village of Round Lake Beach is bringing in food and beer vendors and bands to add to the festivities.

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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.

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  • Fourth of July fireworks will be launched.

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Kane County:



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.

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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.
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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.

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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.

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  • The Naperville Salute celebration will be held at Rotary Hill on July 2 and 3 along the Riverwalk and downtown Naperville.
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Downers Grove:

Glen Ellyn:


  • 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.

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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.
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  • 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.

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Grundy County:


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

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  • 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.
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  • 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.

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  • 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.
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Kankakee County: 


  • Kankakee County College will host an Independence Day celebration with live music beginning at 4 p.m. and a firework display ending the night.

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