Here are other places in the Fox Valley, in addition to Elgin, where you can catch a fireworks show, live music or a parade to celebrate the Fourth.
Cary Summer Celebration: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3, at Lions Park, 1200 Silver Lake Road, Cary. Live music by Alex & the Allstars at 7:30 p.m. and fireworks at dusk. Rain date for fireworks is dusk July 10. Free. Parking $5 on grass; $10 on pavement. Food and beverages available for purchase on-site. (847) 639-6100 or carypark.com.
Lakeside Fest: 4 to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 3; noon to 11 p.m. Friday, July 4 and Saturday, July 5; noon to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 6, at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road, Crystal Lake. Carnival rides, Taste by the Lake, children's events, Baggo tournament, historic tours. Parade and fireworks Sunday, July 6. Admission $5; free for children 12 and younger and active military with valid ID. LakesideLegacy.org
Northwest Fourth-Fest: 6 to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 3; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday, July 4; 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 5; and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. July 6, at the Sears Centre Arena, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. Carnival, live entertainment, bags tournament, bingo, pie-eating contest, pony rides. Arts and crafts fair is 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Main stage Thursday: Heartache Tonight, 7:30 p.m. Main stage Friday: Kashmir, 6 p.m.; Modern Day Romeos, 8:30 and 10:15 p.m. Main stage Saturday: North By Northwest, 4 p.m.; Kashmir 6 p.m. and Smash Mouth, 8:30 p.m. northwestfourthfest.com.
Sleepy Hollow Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks: 8 a.m. to 9:15 p.m. Friday, July 4, Sabatino Park, Thorobred Lane, Sleepy Hollow. Fun run at 8 a.m.; fishing derby at 9 a.m.; Buick GS Club of America car show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; food, music and drinks from 10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Bill Ritchie Memorial Parade at 11:30 a.m.; games from 12:30 to 3 p.m.; pie-eating contest at 2:30 p.m.; raffle drawing at 3 p.m.; fireworks parking opens at 7 p.m.; fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Fireworks admission $5 per car. shsc-il.org; july4thcarshow.com.
South Elgin Fourth of July Parade: 10 a.m. Friday, July 4, Spring Street, South Elgin. Steps off from the corner of West Spring Street and Wedgewood Drive. Features the South Elgin High School marching band, Jesse White Tumblers, dancers, veterans, police, fire and local organizations. Grand marshal is Sue Welu. Map available online at southelgin.com.
Red, White and Blue Day: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, Fox River Trolley Museum, 361 S. La Fox St., South Elgin. All riders pay $2 this day only, as museum celebrates its 48th birthday. (847) 697-4676 or foxtrolley.org. $2. Visit foxtrolley.org.
Batavia Fourth of July Fireworks: 9:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, at Engstrom Park, Main and Millview streets, Batavia. Savor the Flavor food vendors open from 5-9:30 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. bataviafireworks.org.
St. Charles Fourth of July Concert and Fireworks: 4 p.m. Friday, July 4, Pottawatomie Park, 8 North Ave., St. Charles. Fox Valley Concert Band from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the amphitheater, followed by The Student Body Band from 6 p.m. to dusk in the historic pavilion. Fireworks show begins at dusk off Boy Scout Island. Free; parking is limited. Fireworks can be best viewed at Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. Free. stcparks.org or (630) 513-6200.
Aurora concert and fireworks: 5 p.m. Friday, July 4, at RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, Aurora. Family activities, food, live music and fireworks. Viewing at McCullough Park and RiverEdge Park. Shuttle buses available from multiple locations. Free. aurora-il.org/events/july4_fireworks.php.
Huntley Fourth of July Fireworks: 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 4, Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd., Huntley. Free. premiumoutlets.com/outlets/outlet.asp?id=98.