Glendale Heights Fest to cap off five days of fun with big fireworks show July 17

After a two-year hiatus, Glendale Heights Fest returns with five days of fun with live bands, games, rides, food and more on July 13-17.

Take your pick of bands from various genres and fun activities for the kids, including the popular fireworks display on Sunday.

After the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Gen-FuZe will take the stage at 6:30 p.m., followed by Hi-Infidelity at 8:30 p.m.

Semple Band featuring Keith Semple will be the headliners on Thursday, July 14, at Glendale Heights Fest. Courtesy of Semple Band

On Thursday, the Glendale Heights band Los Corb will open the fest with "rock en espaƱol" at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Semple band, fronted by Keith Semple, at 8:30 p.m.

It will be a country music themed night on Friday, starting with "Line Dancing with Estelle" at 5:45 and 8 p.m.

Smokin Gunz will play country covers and original music at Glendale Heights Fest on Friday, July 15. Courtesy of Smokin Gunz

Smokin' Gunz, the country band from Schaumburg, will hit the stage at 6:15 p.m. Friday, followed by the five-piece country rock party band Cowboy Jukebox at 8:30 p.m.

On Saturday, the St. Charles cover band Chasing Alice will play music from the 1980s, '90s to today from 5:45 to 8 p.m., followed by ARRA's classic rock from 8:30 to 11 p.m.

Classic rock band ARRA will perform on Saturday, July 16, at Glendale Heights Fest. Courtesy of ARRA

Dina & Mike, featuring Dina Bach on keyboard/vocals and Mike Charbonneau on electronic drums/percussion, will open music stage on the last day of the festival at 2:45 p.m. Sunday. Voyage will perform the best of classic arena rock from the 1970s and '80s at 4:30 p.m.

Before the fireworks show at 9:30 p.m., The Spazmatics will bring its popular 1980s-style show to the music stage at 7:15 p.m.

On Sunday, July 17, The Spazmatics will bring their 1980s-style show to the closing night of Glendale Heights Fest before the fireworks show. Courtesy of The Spazmatics

The festival will only have fireworks on the closing night. Due to supply issues with numerous firework companies, rising costs, and input from residents, it was decided to do one huge show on closing night versus two smaller shows.

Starting at 7 p.m. until approximately 11 p.m., Camera Park and Americana Park parking lots will be closed for the viewing of the fireworks display, as well as Fullerton Avenue from Bloomingdale Road to President Street, and President Street from Armitage Avenue to Fullerton Avenue. As a courtesy to others during the fireworks, they are asking drivers to turn off their car alarm, if equipped.

Due to rising costs and supply shortages, Glendale Heights Fest will have just one big fireworks show on Sunday, July 17. Courtesy of Glendale Heights Founders' Day Committee

The carnival, operated by North American Midway Entertainment, will be open 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday to Friday; 2 to 9 p.m. Saturday; and 2 to 9:30 p.m. Sunday. Want unlimited rides? Get a wristband good for one day, or get a Mega Pass to ride all five days.

Purchase a carnival wristband before opening day for $25 or $30 during the fest. Advanced daily presale wristband vouchers are available through opening day at Glendale Heights Village Hall, 300 Civic Centre Plaza; Center for Senior Citizens, 260 Civic Centre Plaza; or the Sports Hub, 250 Civic Center Plaza. Buy a Mega Pass card for $75 and get unlimited rides on all five days of the Fest

You'll have your choice of food vendors at Glendale Heights Fest. Pick from hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, gyros, burritos, tacos, fries, and more. Quench your thirst with lemonade, soda, and water. Looking for something sweet? Pick from ice cream, churros, funnel cakes, and more.

Food vendors include: Antogitos Mexicano Landa, Cicero; Blackhawk BBQ & Seafood, Carpentersville; Churro Babes, West Chicago; Doggie Diner Concessions (La India), West Chicago; Flynn D City Grub, Glendale Heights; Genoa Italian Concession, Oswego; Pancho's Taqueria, Glendale Heights; Papa Fresco's, Aurora; Suzie's Fun Foods, St. Charles; Taquizas Ernesto, Elk Grove Village; and Windsor Ice Cream Shoppe, Carpentersville.

Glendale Heights Fest

When: 5 to 10:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, July 13-14; 5 to 11 p.m. Friday, July 15; 2 to 11 p.m. Saturday, July 16; and 2 to 10 p.m. Sunday, July 17

Where: Camera Park, 101 E. Fullerton Ave., Glendale Heights

Admission: Entrance to the fest area is free. Parking is available on-site every day for $5, but plan ahead as the parking lot tends to fill up quickly. Additional parking is available around town and only a short walk to Camera Park.

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