Big List of Fourth of July (And July 10) Fireworks, Parades, Celebrations in Kane County, IL

Big List of Fourth of July (And July 10) Fireworks, Parades, Celebrations in Kane County, IL

  • Editor’s Note: This article is compiled through a search of website and social media pages for the communities of Kane County, IL. If we missed any, or if you have a Fourth of July event in Kane County you’d like to promote, email kanecountyconnects@co.kane.il.us.
  • NOTE NO. 2: We’re reposting this on July 9 as a reminder that two fireworks shows — in Elburn and Pingree Grove are set for July 10!

There’s a lot to celebrate with this year’s Fourth of July — reopening of the state after the COVID-19 pandemic, the numbers of people who are now vaccinated, the freedom to move about the country and visit with loved ones and the general goodwill that goes with this most-American holiday.

Here’s a roundup of fireworks shows and other events taking place on the Fourth of July weekend 2021.

Aurora

Fourth of July Parade

Celebrating One Aurora, One America, the City of Aurora’s Annual Fourth of July Parade will step-off at 10 a.m. Sunday, July 4, 2021, in downtown Aurora!

Learn more about the route, parking, rules at the parks and more at www.aurora-il.org/FourthInAurora.

Route

  • The parade will begin at the intersection of Benton Street and River Street
  • March east on Benton Street to Broadway (IL Route 25)
  • March north on Broadway (IL Route 25) to Downer Place
  • March west on Downer Place to River Street, where the parade will conclude

The Reviewing Stand will be placed in front of the David L. Pierce Art and History Center, located at 20 East Downer Place, for best viewing.

Parking

Parking is available in various Downtown public parking lots, not including lots located along the parade route.

Click here to view the Downtown Aurora Public Parking Map – Downtown Aurora Public Parking

Fireworks

Join the City of Aurora as we celebrate Independence Day by living up to our “City of Lights” name with a spectacular fireworks display on the evening of Friday, July 2, 2021, in downtown Aurora!

Best viewing is available at RiverEdge Park (gates opening at 7 p.m.) and McCullough Park.

​RiverEdge Park: 360 N Broadway Ave.

DJ Suave Smooth will be spinning at RiverEdge Park from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

McCullough Park: 150 W. Illinois Ave.

DJ Pena will be spinning at McCullough Park from 7 p.m. to 9:45 p.m.

More Information

For more information on this event, please contact the City of Aurora Special Events Division:

(630) 256-3370 | Events@aurora.il.us 

Batavia

70th Annual Fourth of July Sky Concert

On Sunday, July 4, the City of Batavia will host its 70th annual fireworks Sky Concert on the fields at Engstrom Park and Batavia High School.

Starting at approximately 5 p.m., food vendors will offer a variety of foods.

The Batavia Community Band will provide a patriotic concert prior to the 9:30 p.m. firing off a beautiful fireworks show set to popular music past and present. No taxpayer dollars are ever used to pay for these fireworks which are totally funded by individual, business, and organization donations, along with fundraisers such as the Citywide Garage Sales the first weekend in May.

Due to the pandemic, most fundraising opportunities were not able to be held this past year. Therefore, any and all donations are incredibly important this year to help pay for the fireworks, sound system, lighting, etc., which all make the fireworks show such a beloved event in the Fox Valley area.

Go to bataviafireworks.org to donate, or drop off a check to Batavia City Hall, 100 N. Island Ave., addressed to the Batavia Fireworks Committee.

On the fields before, during and after the fireworks show, please look for volunteers in bright yellow T-shirts who will gladly take your cash donations.

Elburn

Elburn Fireworks Show July 10

The Elburn fireworks show is supported by community donations and run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to donate or be a sponsor, please click on the link below.

Contributions will be used to support the Elburn Lions fireworks show.  Questions about whether the contribution is tax-deductible should be referred to your tax-preparation specialist.  Any funds not used for a future fireworks show will be invested in Elburn Lions community projects and initiatives.

Concessions

The Elburn Lions Club will offer food and non-alcoholic drinks for sale near the viewing area. Attendees are encouraged to patronize local businesses that will be open prior to and after the show. Non-alcoholic and alcoholic drinks will also be sold in the clubhouse, though alcoholic drinks will not be permitted to leave the facility.  Alcohol, dogs, guns, coolers and grills are not permitted on the park grounds.

Parking

Parking will be available on the west side of Lions Park. There will be no charge to park on our grounds though a free will offering will be appreciated. Parking in the neighborhood surrounding Lions Park may be restricted.

Elgin

Fourth of July Fireworks

Elgin is presenting a Fourth of July fireworks display at Festival Park on Sunday, July 4.

Unlike previous years’ events, this summer’s fireworks display will not have any supporting entertainment or other amenities. This event will simply be an opportunity for persons to gather in Festival Park and other nearby locations for viewing.

The fireworks display is scheduled to begin between 9:15 and 9:30 p.m. and will be lasting 20 to 30 minutes.

Fourth of July Parade

There will not be the traditional Fourth of July Parade this year, but alternative activities are planned. Please see the contests listed below.

Geneva

Cougars Are Away July 4

When the Kane County Cougars have a home game on July 4, there’s usually a fireworks display. It doesn’t appear there is one this year on July 4.

But the Cougars are at home on July 10!

Here’s a link to the Cougars’ 2021 Promotional Schedule.

Huntley

Fireworks Show Set To Music

Join the village of Huntly on July 4 (rain date July 5) at Deicke Park to celebrate Independence Day!

It starts at 6 p.m. with Huntley Community Radio bringing their Party in the Park fun to Deicke Park.  Be sure to stop by Kona Ice for a yummy treat!

Then at about 9:30 p.m. the fireworks show will start and is set to music on HCR 101.5 FM.

Click this link for more information.

North Aurora

Fireworks Show July 3

Celebrate Independence Day with the village of North Aurora!

Independence Day celebration will be Saturday, July 3, at North Aurora Riverfront Park (behind Village Hall, 25 East State St.) and starts at 5 p.m.
Residents are invited to BYOB to the park and there will be live music playing from 5 p.m. to  9 p.m. The fireworks will launch at approximately 9:30 p.m. and a soundtrack will accompany them at the park.

In the event of rain, fireworks will launch on Sunday, July 4.

Live Bands

Wild Daisy 5pm – 6:30pm

About: Wild Daisy is an energetic, dynamic female-fronted country band in the Chicagoland area. The band plays current, upbeat country, with a few pop/rock songs thrown in. Wild Daisy established a reputation in Chicago for consistently delivering high-quality, family-friendly, crowd-interactive, entertaining shows, with musicianship and energy that cannot be matched.

Spoken Four 7pm – 9pm

About: Spoken Four performs high energy party covers spanning the 60’s through today’s Top 40. You will hear everything from the Jackson 5 to Maroon 5. The show is family oriented and designed for the short attention span with tons of mashups and non-stop excitement. Throughout the years, Spoken Four has performed across the globe including Barcelona, Istanbul and Cabo San Lucas for corporate and private events.

Click here for more information.

Pingree Grove

STARS AND STRIPES CELEBRATION – July 10, 2021

Celebrate our Nation in Pingree Grove with a weekend of fun at the Cambridge Lakes Community Center Baseball Complex, 1125 Wester Blvd, Pingree Grove, IL.  We celebrate on the Saturday following Independence Day. This year’s event will be held Saturday, July 10, 2021.

SATURDAY

DRIVE-THRU EVENT! 

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday July 10, 2021, the Community Events Committee is hosting a free Drive-Thru event at the Municipal Center 555 Reinking Road Pingree Grove Il, 60140.

Come down to the Village Municipal Center to Celebrate and see characters from Paw Patrol, Spiderman, Culver’s Scoopie & Goebbert’s Pumpkin!

FIREWORKS! 

Fireworks will begin at dark (Between 9 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.) on Saturday July 10.

All four baseball fields will be open for seating!

Please walk if possible and when setting up a place to enjoy the show, please try to spread out!

Sleepy Hollow

No Fireworks, But July Fourth 2021 Schedule Full of Fun

Special Note to parade participants: As a public safety measure, no candy will be permitted to be tossed from vehicles or floats. Participants will be allowed, and encouraged, to walk along the parade route and hand out treats to children on the side of the road. We have not had any reported injuries during past parades but wanted to introduce additional preventative measures to keep the kids safe.

Timetable of events

July 3

  • 3 p.m. Event setup at Sabatino Park, Sleepy Hollow

July 4 (Rain Date: July 5)

  • 8 a.m. Fun Run starts
  • 9 a.m. – 11 am Fishing Derby
  • 10 a.m. – 2 pm BGSA Car Show
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm Ticket sales for food, games and refreshments
  • 10:30 a.m. – 3:30 pm Food sales
  • 11 a.m. – 4:00 pm Entertainment, featuring The Lenny’s
  • 11:30 a.m. Parade begins
  • 11 a.m. – 4:00 pm Beer & Wine sales
  • 3 p.m. Raffle drawing for grand prizes
  • 4 p.m. Close of entertainment and concessions

July 5

  • 10 a.m. Park cleanup
  • Any items found during cleanup will be turned into the Village Hall.

Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks

Setup

Setup is on July 3 at 3:30 p.m. Volunteers are always welcome to help on setup or on the day of the event. See any club member or go to the ticket booth during the festivities.

Fun Run

The day starts at 8 a.m. with a 1 mile “fun run” starting at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School. This is an open class race with participants ranging from serious runners to walkers, bikers and pets.

Bob Zdenek Memorial Fishing Derby

The Derby takes up the entire Lake Sharon shoreline in Sabatino Park. Come out early, choose a spot and try your luck at landing that big one and claim your prize.

Parade

The Bill Ritchie Memorial Parade starts at 11:30 a.m., with the fire departments leading the parade of made up of children on bikes, skaters, tractors, and floats. The parade route circles Sabatino Park and is about 1 mile in length. If you wish to be in the parade, meet at the Sleepy Hollow Pool parking lot at 11:00 a.m. No registration is required. See theparade map for additional lineup instructions. There will be trophies awarded for the best floats and the best tractor.

Car Show

We are once again proud to welcome the Chicagoland Chapter of the Buick GS Club of America’s car show. The car show starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 2 p.m.. Visit the car show site for additional information.

Games, Raffle, Entertainment and Food

The festival features food, games, live music performances, and other entertainment through out the afternoon. Refreshments open at 10:30 AM. At 3:00 p.m. the winners (need not be present) of the raffle will be drawn. Raffle tickets are available right up to the drawing and are a great way to support the Service Club (donations to the Service Club are tax deductible). Games close at 3 p.m. while the music and refreshment wind down around 4 p.m.

Bags Tournament

Sign-up at the ticket booth, starts at 1 PM and there is a $5 entry fee for adult teams of two. Top teams win local restaurant gift cards.

Pie Eating Contest

Sign up early at the ticket booth for a chance to be in the pie eating contest that takes place at 2:30 p.m. with trophies for the 1st and 2nd place contestants.

Fireworks – Cancelled for 2021

At 7 p.m. the park begins to fill with spectators waiting to enjoy one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The Service Club asks for a $10 donation per car to help fund the event. Arrive early and enjoy the evening with friends.

The fireworks start at approximately 9:15 p.m.

Family Sponsor parking passes and tickets will be delivered to your house by Monday afternoon (July 3). If you do not receive your tickets or parking pass by July 3, you can pick them up at the Ticket Booth during the day on the 4th. For Sponsor parking, please enter off of Thorobred lane near the fire house.

Post July 4th

Check out all the fun from the previous year’s celebrations on the Service Club photo galleryIf you believe you lost an item at the park on the 4th or need more information, please contact the Service Club.

St. Charles

Fireworks and Fun Abound at Pottawatomie Park!

St. Charles Park District, in partnership with the City of St. Charles, will host an extraordinary fireworks display on Sunday, July 4 at DARK. When the sun goes down, the night sky lights up with an ooh- and aah-worthy festival of colors, lights and sounds.

Launching from Boy Scout Island, this year’s show will be bigger and better than ever before.

According to Mike Kies, Superintendent of Recreation, the number of shells that will be dispersed over a 20-minute timeframe will be more than ever.

Best viewing locations for this year’s fireworks include Pottawatomie Park, Pottawatomie Golf Course, Ferson Creek Park, Richmond School grassy area off Oak Street, St. Charles North High School parking lot and anywhere downtown St. Charles.

“There’s so many places to spread out and see the fireworks”, said Kies.

Fireworks, music, golf, swimming – Pottawatomie Park has everything you need to celebrate with family and friends.

But before the boom-and-sizzle of fireworks supply the soundtrack to the 4th of July celebration, the band, Soda, will take the stage in the historic pavilion at 6pm until the start of the fireworks extravaganza at dark. Get a taste of your favorite fizz from this professional band whose biz is to capture the heart and soul of the most diverse play list you’ll find anywhere.

Click here for more info.

Sugar Grove

12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 4, Bike Parade at John Shields School

Decorate your bicycle and ride with Sugar Grove Police, Sugar Grove Fire and Sugar Grove Park District on Sunday July 4! Parade line up starts at 12:30 p.m. at John Shields School front parking lot!  After the short bike ride stick around to cool off with Fla-Vor-Ice pops for everyone who participates!

 85 S Main St, Sugar Grove, IL 60554

Click here for more info.