Colorful Independence Day fireworks will be lighting up the suburban skies in the coming days. Here's our guide to a sampling of suburban fireworks displays. Let the celebration begin!
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Dusk Saturday, July 2, as part of the "Racing, Music and Fireworks" event at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. More than 30 minutes of fireworks, with a mix of patriotic and popular music. Spectators will be admitted only with a ticket for racing. General admission is $10, with children 17 and younger admitted free. (847) 385-7500 or arlingtonpark.com.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy, 1500 W. Sullivan Road, on property bounded by Edgelawn Drive, Sullivan, Randall and Indian Trail roads, Aurora. Music, food vendors and kids' activities start at 6 p.m. A patriotic ceremony will be held at 8 p.m. and the American Legion Post 84 Band plays at 8:30 p.m. Free. (630) 256-3370.
Dusk Sunday, July 3, at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington. The viewing area is on the west lawn of the school. Free general admission. $5 for parking. (847) 304-3400 or barrington-il.gov.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Batavia High School, 1200 W. Wilson St., Batavia. Food vendors open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The band, Field Day, performs from 7 to 9:15 p.m. $5 donation for parking. Visit bataviafireworks.org.
9:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday, July 3-4, at the Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson, Bensenville. Free. (630) 766-8200 or bensenville.il.us.
9:15 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Buffalo Grove Golf Club, 48 Raupp Blvd., Buffalo Grove. Fireworks can also be viewed from the nearby Rotary Village Green or Willow Stream Park. Free. Visit vbg.org.
Dusk Sunday, July 3, at Burlington Park, off South Street and Deutsch Road, Burlington. Air Force Brigadier General Joseph A. Lanni will speak at 8:30 p.m. Rain date Sunday, July 10. (847) 867-4061.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Ross Ferraro Town Center, Gary Avenue and Lies Road, Carol Stream. Free. (630) 665-7050 or carolstream.org.
Dusk Friday, July 1, at the Cary Summer Celebration, Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Rain date for fireworks is at dusk Friday, July 8. Free. Parking $5 on the grass; $10 on the pavement. Visit carypark.com.
Dusk Sunday, July 3, at Main Beach, Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. After 3 p.m. admission is $2 per person; $10 per family. Nonresident parking is $5. Visit clchamber.com.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Hopkins Park, 1403 Sycamore Road, DeKalb. Food booths from local caterers, grills and vendors will begin at 2 p.m. The DeKalb Municipal Band will perform before and during the fireworks. Free. Visit dekalbparkdistrict.com.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Lemont Road and 75th Street, Downers Grove. Free. Visit events.downers.us.
Elk Grove Village
Dusk Sunday, July 3, on Fox Lake. Free, but donations encouraged at keepthesparkalive.com.
Fox River Grove
Dusk Saturday, July 9, in Picnic Grove Park, off the Fox River, Fox River Grove. Free. No entry to the park after 9 p.m. and no parking at the park. Shuttle bus service will be available. (847) 639-3170.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Lake Ellyn, Linden Street and Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. Free. Visit glenellyn.org.
Dusk Wednesday, July 6, and Sunday, July 10, in Camera Park, at Bloomingdale Road and Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights. Free. Visit glendaleheights.org.
Dusk Saturday, July 2, at Grayslake's Family Picnic, Central Park, on Lake Street between Washington and Center streets, Grayslake. Free. (847) 223-7529 or glpd.com.
9:15 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. Part of a full-day celebration at the amusement park. Admission costs $36.99 to $56.99. sixflags.com.
Dusk Sunday, July 3, in Hawthorn Woods Community Park, off Old McHenry Road, Hawthorn Woods. A free family concert will be held from 6:30 to 9 p.m. before the fireworks. Vendors on site or bring a picnic. Free. (847) 438-5500 or vhw.org.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Road, Hoffman Estates. Free. (847) 882-9100 or hoffmanestates.org.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd., Huntley. Free. (847) 515-5200.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Hamilton Lakes, Thorndale Avenue and Route 53, Itasca. Entertainment and food from 4 to 11 p.m. Free admission; parking is $20. Visit itasca.com.
9:15 p.m. Sunday, July 3, in Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Free after 9 p.m. For the Family Day Celebration preceding the fireworks, fees range up to $7. (847) 438-5141 or volz.org.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Butler Lake, Libertyville. Free. (847) 362-2430 or libertyville.com.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, Lincolnshire. Free. lincolnshirecommunity.org.
9:45 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 1-3, at Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Free. Visit eyestotheskies.org.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, as part of the Taste of Lombard event, Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue, Lombard. $3. Kids ages 9 and younger admitted free. (630) 375-7474. Visit tasteoflombard.com or lombardparks.com.
Dusk Monday, July 4, in Melas Park, at Central and Busse roads, Mount Prospect. Free. (847) 392-6000 or mountprospect.org.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, over the fairgrounds on Seymour Avenue at Division Street, Mundelein. Free. Rain date is Tuesday, July 5. (847) 949-3200 or mundelein.org.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Knoch Park, West Street and Martin Avenue, Naperville. Free public access at 7:30 p.m. Simulcast with music and broadcast on FM 95.9 The River. Visit ribfest.net.
9:30 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at the Oak Brook Sports Core and Polo Club, 700 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. $10 parking. Visit www.oak-brook.org.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Terrace View Park, Route 83 and 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace. Concert by The Moods at 8 p.m. Free. (630) 941-8300 or obtpd.org.
9 p.m. Sunday, July 3, at Palatine Community Park, Palatine Road and Northwest Highway, Palatine. Free. (847) 604-0288 or visit palatine.il.us.
Dusk Saturday, July 2, near baseball fields off Wester Boulevard, Pingree Grove. Free. Visit villageofpingreegrove.org.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Lake Park High School West Campus, 500 W. Bryn Mawr Ave., Roselle. Free. (630) 894-3010 or rosellechamber.com.
Dusk Monday, July 4, off Boy Scout Island at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. Concert from 6 to 9:15 p.m. Free. Visit stcparks.org.
9:15 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Dolphin Park, 880 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood. Free. streamwood.org.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Century Park, one-half mile north of Milwaukee Road on Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Free. (847) 367-7270 or vernonhills.org.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Cerny Park, River Road and Forest View Drive, Warrenville. Free. Visit warrenville.il.us.
Dusk Sunday, July 3, at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda. Free. (847) 526-3610 or waucondaparks.com.
9:30 p.m. Monday, July 4, at the harbor in Waukegan. Free. (847) 599-2500.
Dusk Saturday, July 9, at Reed-Keppler Park, National and Arbor streets, West Chicago. Free. (630) 231-9474.
9:15 p.m. Monday, July 4, at Wheeling Village Hall, 2 Community Blvd., Wheeling. Free. (847) 459-2600 or vi.wheeling.il.us.
Dusk Monday, July 4, at Emricson Park, off Route 14, Woodstock. Free, but donations will be accepted. (815) 338-4300.