Several communities in the southwestern suburbs of Chicago, in DePage County, will be celebrating the Fourth of July in 2012. Celebrations include festivals, parades, fireworks and more. Following is the lineup of Independence Day festivities in DuPage County.
Please note: Some communities are canceling their fireworks shows due to the hot, dry weather conditions. Please check for the latest information before heading out to a fireworks show.
The Aurora Independence Day celebration is on Wednesday, July 4, starting with a ceremony at 9:15 a.m. outside the Paramount Theatre, at 23, E. Galena Blvd. The parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. at the corner of Benton and River Streets and marches east to Broadway Avenue, north to Galena Blvd., west to Stolp Avenue, south to Downer Place and concludes heading west to Middle Avenue. The Independence Day Fireworks celebration is at Illinois Math & Science Academy, at 1500 W. Sullivan Road, starting at 6:00 p.m. The celebration includes family fun, entertainment and live music. The fireworks are scheduled to start around 9:30 p.m.
Bartlett celebrates with a five day festival, July 4-8, at Apple Orchard Community Park at Stearns and South Bartlett Roads. The festival includes carnival rides, food and beer tents, bingo and musical entertainment. The Fireworks extravaganza is on July 4, starting at 9:30 p.m. The Bartlett Lion’s Club Fourth of July Parade is on July 8 at 1 p.m.
The Batavia ‘Sky Concert’ is one of Fox Valley’s premier 4th of July Fireworks displays. The audience is invited to watch the display from Engstrom Park at the corner of Main and Millview Streets. Engstrom Park will open at 5:00 PM with food vendors, at 7:00 PM, the local band Automatic Fixx will take the stage. The Sky Concert begins promptly at 9:30 PM.
Bensenville Libertyfest, held on July 4, is co sponsored by the City of Elmhurst and the City of Wood Dale. Bensenville’s parade starts at 10 a.m. and marches to Redmond Park for Liberyfest. LibertyFest is featuring Taste of Towns with some of the best menu offerings from the area being served all day long. The fireworks show starts at 9:30 p.m.
Carol Stream has canceled the July 4 parade and fireworks due to safety concerns resulting from the weather.
Downers Grove July 4: The parade begins at 12:45 p.m. This year, the Downers Grove parade route will be the reverse of last years. The parade will originate at Main St. and Grant St. on the north side of town and proceed South on Main toward Downtown, ending at Warren Avenue. A free concert will be held Fishel Park in the new Veterans Memorial Pavilion, starting at approximately 2:30 p.m. The fireworks show will be s at Zigfield Troy Golf Course, starting at 9:30. p.m.
Glen Ellyn July 4: The full day of activities include the Freedom Four Four Mile Run (8:00 a.m.), Glen Ellyn’s 4th of July Parade (noon), Carnival in the Park at Lake Ellyn Park (1-4 p.m.) and the fireworks show at Lake Ellyn Park at dusk.
Itasca July 4: Enjoy the largest fireworks in the area at Hamilton Lakes. Live music begins at 6 p.m. with Pat McKillen and continues at 8 p.m. with 7th Heaven. Admission to the event is free. On-site parking is $20 per car.
Lisle Eyes to the Skies June 29 – July 3 Eyes to the Skies festival celebrates hot air balloons in Lisle
Lombard – Taste of Lombard at Madison Meadow Park. Hours: July 3–5-11 p.m. July 4–Noon-11 p.m. (Fireworks at dusk on Wednesday) July 5–5-11 p.m. July 6–5-11 p.m. July 7–Noon-11 p.m. FREE shuttle buses from Madison School, Pleasant Lane School and Glenbard East High School.
Naperville June 29-July 3 – Ribfest in Naperville celebrates food and the Fourth of July
Oak Brook Terrace July 4: 4th of July celebration at Terrace View Park includes at picnic from 4 – 7 p.m. Tickets (free for residents, $10 for non-residents – the last day to pick up tickets in July 3 at the City Hall – tickets will not be sold at event) are required for the picnic, but no the following concert. R-Gang starts playing music at 8 p.m. Fireworks start at 9:30 on .
Roselle has canceled the fireworks due to lack of funding.
St. Charles July 4: Pottawatomie Park for food, fun and an amazing fireworks display at the annual July 4th Celebration. Fireworks begin at dark and are best viewed from either Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park.
Warrenville July 3 -4: The celebration at Cerny Park is a two day event.
The Independence Day celebration is at Ty Warner Park starting at 4p.m. 7:30-9:15pm Grand Ave Big Band – Big Band Music plays 7:30-9:15 p.m.The fireworks spectacular is at 9:30 p.m.
Wheaton has canceled the Fourth of July parade and fireworks.
Information is subject to change.
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