Look to the suburban skies in the coming nights, as they light up with bursts of color from Independence Day fireworks displays.
Most displays are on the Fourth of July, of course, but several towns fire up the fireworks on Tuesday, July 3, -- or even sooner.
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Here's our annual sampling of local fireworks celebrations:
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Arlington Park, 2200 W. Euclid Ave., Arlington Heights. Fireworks are part of a full day of horse racing, music and family events, with gates opening at 1 p.m. July 4. First post is 3 p.m. Admission for the full day and/or the fireworks is $12; youth ages 17 and under are free with a paying adult. Visit arlingtonpark.com.
Dusk Wednesday, 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 5 p.m. Free admission. (630) 256-3370.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington. $5 parking fee. For information, call (847) 620-4666.
8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, Apple Orchard Soccer Fields, Apple Orchard Park, corner of Stearns and South Bartlett roads, Bartlett. Show will be set to music on 98.1-FM. Free. Visit bartlett4thofjuly.com.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in Engstrom Park, Main and Millview streets, Batavia. Food vendors open from 5 to 9:30 p.m. The band, Field Day, performs at 7 p.m. $5 donation for parking at both high school parking lots (off Wilson and Main), the Ace Hardware parking lot and the Wilson Business Center on West Wilson Street. Visit bataviafireworks.org.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson, Bensenville. Free admission. (630) 766-8200 or bensenville.il.us.
9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Rotary Village Green, on the east side of Buffalo Grove Road north of Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. 7 p.m. Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band concert. Fireworks also can be viewed from the Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream Park. Free. Visit bgrotary.org.
Called off due to weather conditions. (630) 665-7050 or carolstream.org.
Fireworks postponed due to weather conditions. Visit caryparks.com.
Dusk Sunday, July 1, at Main Beach, 300 Lake Shore Drive, Crystal Lake. Crystal Lake Community Band and Voices in Harmony concert begins at 7:15 p.m. Concessions available. $2 admission after 3 p.m. (815) 459-0680 or crystallakeparks.org.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Lemont Road and 75th Street, Downers Grove. Co-sponsored by Woodridge. Free. Visit events.downers.us.
Dusk Saturday, June 30, at Meadowdale Shopping Center field, Route 25 and Mall Drive, Carpentersville. Piano Man/ABBA Salute from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Bring a blanket or chairs. Beverages, snacks and food available from Carpentersville Lions Club as a fundraiser for the community. Free. Visit dtpd.org.
Elk Grove Village
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Lions Park, Elk Grove Boulevard and Lions Drive, Elk Grove Village. Free. (847) 439-3900 or elkgrove.org.
Chain O' Lakes fireworks at dusk on Saturday, July 7, over the Fox Lake. Free; donations welcome. Visit keepthesparkalive.com.
Fox River Grove
Cancelled due to weather conditions. (847) 639-3170.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Lake Ellyn, Linden Street and Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. Free admission. Visit gepark.org.
Dusk Wednesday, July 11, and Sunday, July 15, in Camera Park, at Bloomingdale Road and Fullerton Avenue, Glendale Heights. Free. Visit glendaleheights.org.
Dusk Saturday, June 30, at Central Park, on Lake Street between Washington and Center streets, Grayslake. Fireworks are part of Grayslake's Family Picnic. Free. (847) 223-7529 or glpd.com.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Six Flags Great America, 1 Great America Parkway, Gurnee. Free admission with paid $32 to $61.99 park general admission. Visit sixflags.com.
11 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Ross Field at Naval Station Great Lakes. Enter at Gate 3, Sheridan and Buckley roads, Great Lakes. Free admission. Visit mwrgl.com or call (847) 688-2110, ext. 484.
Dusk Tuesday, July 3, at Hawthorn Woods Community Park, Quentin and Old McHenry roads, Hawthorn Woods. Free. (847) 438-5500 or vhw.org.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Fireworks are part of the "Northwest Fourth-Fest" event hosted by Elgin, Hanover Park, Hanover Township and Hoffman Estates. Free admission and parking. (847) 252-5446.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd., I-90 and Route 47, Huntley. Rain date is Saturday, July 7. Free. (847) 515-5200.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Hamilton Lakes, Thorndale Avenue and Route 53, Itasca. Free admission; parking is $20. Visit itasca.com.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. $2-$7. (847) 438-5141 or volz.org.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Butler Lake, Libertyville. The Village Band will perform a special concert of patriotic music and other favorites. Free. (847) 362-2430 or libertyville.com.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, as part of the Red, White & Boom 2012 festival at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, Lincolnshire. Free admission. Visit lincolnshirecommunity.org.
9:45 p.m. Friday, June 29, to Sunday, July 1, in Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. Free with paid Eyes to the Skies festival admission ($5 for adults). Visit eyestotheskies.org.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue, Lombard. Free with paid Taste of Lombard admission. (630) 375-7474, tasteoflombard.com or lombardparks.com.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, and Sunday, July 8, at Melas Park, Busse and Central roads, Mount Prospect. Fireworks held as part of the Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival. Free. Visit mtprospectlions.com.
Cancelled due to weather conditions. (847) 949-3200 or mundelein.org.
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Knoch Park, West Street and Martin Avenue, Naperville. Free admission. Visit ribfest.net.
Dusk Tuesday, July 3, at the Oak Brook Sports Core and Polo Club, 700 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. Free admission; $10 for parking. (630) 368-5000 or oak-brook.org.
9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Terrace View Park, Route 83 and 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace. Concert by the R-Gang at 8 p.m. Free. (630) 941-8300 or obtpd.org.
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Palatine Community Park, Palatine Road and Northwest Highway, Palatine. Visit palatine.il.us.
9:30 p.m. Saturday, July 7, in and around the baseball fields on Wester Boulevard, Pingree Grove. Visit villageofpingreegrove.org.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, in Salt Creek Park, 3900 Owl Drive, Rolling Meadows. Free. (847) 818-3220 or cityrm.org.
Round Lake Beach
Fireworks postponed until 9:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 2, at Hook Lake in Round Lake Beach, preceded by musical entertainment.
9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 S. Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. The Schaumburg Boomers host an evening of Independence Day fun from 6 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. View the baseball film "The Sandlot" at 8 p.m. All concessions will be open. A $15 picnic (pre-order) is available for purchase. General admission to event is free. Call (847) 461-3695, or visit boomersbaseball.com.
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Sabatino Park, Winmoor Drive and Willow Lane, Sleepy Hollow. $5 donation to park for fireworks. Rain date is Saturday, July 7. (847) 426-6700 or sleepy-hollow.il.us.
Dusk Wednesday July 4, off Boy Scout Island, St. Charles. Fireworks can be best viewed at Pottawatomie Park at 8 North Ave., or at Ferson Creek Park, one mile north of Main Street on Route 31, St. Charles. The Fox Valley Concert Band will entertain from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater. Red Woody will play classic rock and alternative hits in the pavilion from 6 p.m. to dark. Free. Rain date will be the next clear evening. Visit stcparks.org.
9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, in Dolphin Park, 880 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood. Free admission. Visit streamwood.org.
9:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Free admission. (847) 996-6933 or vernonhills.org.
9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 4, at Cerny Park, River Road and Forest View Drive, Warrenville. Free. (630) 393-9427.
Fireworks postponed due to weather conditions
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, at Silver Park, 55 Harbor Place, Waukegan. Free admission. (847) 599-2525.
Dusk Sunday, July 15, at the Railroad Days festival in Reed-Keppler Park, National and Arbor streets, West Chicago. Free. (630) 231-9474 or westerndupagechamber.com.
Fireworks postponed due to weather conditions. Visit wheatonparkdistrict.com.
Dusk Wednesday, July 4, in Emricson Park, off Route 14, in Woodstock. Free, but donations will be accepted. (815) 338-4300.