Get ready for a sea of colorful fireworks across the evening skies as the suburbs celebrate Independence Day in the coming days (and nights).
Here is our guide to local fireworks for the Fourth -- and beyond.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Williams Park, Williams and Main streets, Antioch. Free. (847) 395-2160.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Arlington International Racecourse, Euclid Avenue and Wilke Road, Arlington Heights. Horse racing and music all day and 30 minutes of fireworks, set to music, at dusk. Admission packages start at $15 for adults, $2 for children. arlingtonpark.com.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at RiverEdge Park, 360 Broadway St., Aurora. Free. (630) 896-6666 or riveredgeaurora.com.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Barrington High School, 616 W. Main St., Barrington. Viewing from the lawn. Free. barrington-il.gov.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Apple Orchard Park, corner of Stearns and South Bartlett roads, Bartlett. Music simulcast on 98.1-FM. Free. bartlett4thofjuly.com.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Engstrom Park, Main and Millview streets, Batavia. $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. bataviafireworks.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Redmond Recreational Complex, 735 E. Jefferson, Bensenville. Free. (630) 766-8200 or bensenville.il.us.
9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Rotary Village Green, on Buffalo Grove Road, north of Old Checker Road, Buffalo Grove. Best viewing from the Rotary Village Green, the Buffalo Grove Golf Course or Willow Stream Park. Free. Visit bgrotary.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Ross Ferraro Town Center, Gary Avenue and Lies Road, Carol Stream. Free. (630) 665-7050 or carolstream.org.
Dusk Saturday, June 29, at the Meadowdale Shopping Center field, Route 25 and Mall Drive, Carpentersville. The fireworks show may begin up to 30 minutes early or be delayed up to one hour due to inclement weather. Free. Rain date is Sunday, June 30. dtpd.org.
Dusk Wednesday, July 3, at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Rain date is dusk Thursday, July 11. Free. Parking $5 on the grass; $10 on the pavement. (847) 639-6100 or carypark.com.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave., Chicago. navypier.com.
Dusk Sunday, July 7, at the Lakeside Festival, Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. A variety of admission fees apply. (815) 455-8000 or lakesidelegacy.org.
Dusk Wednesday, July 3, at Brickyards Park, at Lake-Cook and Pfingsten roads, Deerfield. Free. deerfield.il.us.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Lemont Road and 75th Street, Downers Grove. Co-sponsored by Woodridge. Free. events.downers.us.
Dusk Wednesday, July 10, and Sunday, July 14, as part of Glendale Heights Fest in Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights. glendaleheights.org.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Lake Ellyn, Linden Street and Lenox Road, Glen Ellyn. Park opens at 6 p.m. Free. glenellyn4ofjuly.org.
Dusk Saturday, June 29, at the Grayslake Family Picnic and Fireworks, Central Park, on Lake Street between Washington and Center streets, Grayslake. Free. (847) 223-7529 or glpd.com.
9:50 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at July 4th Fest at Six Flags Great America, at I-94 and Grand Avenue, Gurnee. Regular park admission fees apply. sixflags.com.
Dusk Wednesday, July 3, at Hawthorn Woods Community Park, Quentin and Old McHenry roads, Hawthorn Woods. Free. (847) 847-3533 or vhw.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, on the festival grounds at Northwest Fourth-Fest at Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Free. (888) 732-7784 or searscentre.com.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Hamilton Lakes, Thorndale Avenue and Route 53, Itasca. Free admission; parking is $20. (630) 773-0835.
9:40 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest. Fireworks preceded by 6 p.m. show by Maggie Speaks and 8 p.m. show by Dennis DeYoung featuring the music of Styx. Admission is $10 for Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents; $15 for nonresidents. Kids 5 and younger admitted free. Parking ranges from $20-$50. friendslfpr.org.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Paulus Park, 200 S. Rand Road, Lake Zurich. Cost for residents and beach passholders is $2 for adults and free for ages 17 and younger. Cost for nonresidents is $7 for ages 4 and older and free for ages 3 and younger. (847) 438-5146 or volz.org/parkandrec.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Butler Lake Park, Lake Street west of Milwaukee Avenue, Libertyville. The Village Band will perform a concert of patriotic music and other favorites. Free. libertyville.com.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Spring Lake Park, 49 Oxford Drive, Lincolnshire. Part of the Red, White and Boom 2013 festival. Free. (847) 236-0305 or lincolnshirecommunity.com.
9:45 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, July 4-6, at Lisle's Eyes to the Skies Festival at Community Park, 1825 Short St., Lisle. $5 for adults and free for kids 5 and younger and active-duty military personnel and veterans. (630) 964-3410 or eyestotheskies.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Madison Meadow Park, Madison Street and Edgewood Avenue, Lombard. $3; free for kids 9 and younger. tasteoflombard.com or lombardparks.com.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, and Sunday, July 7, on the festival grounds at Melas Park, at Busse and Central roads, Mount Prospect. mountprospect.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at the Community Days event on Seymour Avenue at Courtland Street, Mundelein. Free. (847) 949-3200 or mundelein.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Naperville Exchange Club Ribfest, Knoch Park, West Street and Martin Avenue, Naperville. Free access beginning at 7:30 p.m. ribfest.net.
9:15 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the Oak Brook Sports Core and Polo Club, 700 Oak Brook Road, Oak Brook. $10 parking. (630) 368-5000.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Terrace View Park, Route 83 and 22nd Street, Oakbrook Terrace. Free. (630) 941-8300 or obtpd.org.
9 p.m. or dusk Friday, July 5, at the Palatine Hometown Fest, Palatine Community Park, Palatine Road and Northwest Highway, Palatine. Free. palatinejaycees.org.
9:15 p.m. or dusk Thursday, July 4, at Salk Park, 3699 Pheasant Drive, Rolling Meadows. (847) 818-3210 or rmparks.org.
10 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at MB Financial Park, 5501 Park Place, Rosemont. Free. rosemont.com.
The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team features fireworks shows immediately following its home games on Wednesday through Friday, July 3-5, at the Schaumburg Boomers Stadium, 1999 Springinsguth Road, Schaumburg. Guests must attend the games to see the fireworks. For tickets, call (847) 461-3695 or visit boomersbaseball.com.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Sabatino Park, Winmoor Drive and Willow Lane, Sleepy Hollow. $5 donation. sleepyhollowil.org.
Dusk Thursday, July 4, at Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. Fireworks begin off Boy Scout Island, with the best viewing at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. Free. Rain date will be the next clear evening. stcparks.org.
9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Dolphin Park, 880 S. Park Blvd., Streamwood. Rain date is Friday, July 5. Free. streamwoodparkdistrict.org.
9:30 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Century Park, 1001 Lakeview Parkway, Vernon Hills. Fireworks over Big Bear and Little Bear lakes. Free admission. (847) 367-3725 or vernonhills.org.
9:15 p.m. Thursday, July 4, at Cerny Park, River Road and Forest View Drive, Warrenville. Free. (630) 393-9427.
Dusk Wednesday, July 3, at Cook Park, 600 N. Main St., Wauconda. Free. (847) 526-3610 or waucondaparks.com.
9 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at the DuPage County Fairgrounds, 2015 W. Manchester Road, Wheaton. Fireworks may also be viewed from Graf Park, 1701 Manchester Road, Wheaton. Free. wheatonparkdistrict.com/july4 or dupagecountyfair.org.Copyright © 2014 Paddock Publications, Inc. All rights reserved.