UPDATE: Area Communities Cancel Fireworks

Find out which communities in the Chicago suburbs are still planning fireworks displays in the coming days.

The Fourth of July falls on a Wednesday this year.

That means you will have the chance to enjoy the festivities the weekend before, the weekend after and, of course, on July 4.

Due to dry conditions, some area communities have decided to cancel or re-schedule their fireworks' shows. 

We've got a list below of fireworks displays that have been cancelled as well as shows that are still scheduled in the Chicago suburbs. You can also click through our map above to locate the different fireworks displays. 

Did we miss one? Or do you know of another area cancellation? Let the community know in the comments' section.


July 3 — . The fireworks show had been scheduled to take place at  on Tuesday night, according to Crystal Lake Patch. Festivities other than the fireworks are still on. The park will open at 6:30 p.m., and the concert featuring the band "28 Days" will still be held. The band will play from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Rotary Band Shell at Lions Park. Summertime food and beverages will be available for purchase at the park.  Admission and parking is free.

July 3 — Wauconda's Annual Independance Day Fireworks and Celebration originally scheduled for July 3 has been postponed, accordgint to the Wauconda Area Community website. 

July 7 — Fox River Grove fireworks have been cancelled: Fox River Grove has re-scheduled its fireworks' show. The celebration had been scheduled for July 7 but has been re-scheduled to Sept. 8 due to drought conditions and safety concerns, according to the village of Fox River Grove website.


Looking for fireworks or July 4th festivities close to home? Check out these local events: 

July 4 — Huntley: The village of Huntley will set off fireworks at the Huntley Outlet Center, 11800 Factory Shops Boulevard in Huntley, at dusk on July 4. A rain date has been scheduled for July 7.

July 4 — Sleepy HollowThe fireworks start at about 9:15 p.m. on July 4 at Sabatino Park, which is near the intersection of Winmoor Drive and Thorobred Lane in Sleepy Hollow, following a day of activities scheduled at the park and on Lake Sharon. A donation is requested to help fund the fireworks. 

Other events scheduled for the day include a 1-mile fun run at 8 a.m. at Sleepy Hollow Elementary School followed by the Bob Zdenek Memorial Fishing Derby at 9 a.m. at Lake Sharon. 

Refreshments open at 11:30 a.m. with a Fourth of July parade winding through Sabatino Park starting at noon. Throughout the afternoon, there will be food, games, a dunk tank, live music, performances and other entertainment. A pie-eating contest will take place at 2:30 p.m. Cry Baby will be performing in the evening.

July 4 — Barrington: The 28th annual Barrington Fourth of July Celebration on July 4 will include a Fourth of July parade beginning at 10 a.m. at Barrington High School, music presented by Barrington's community band from noon to 2 p.m., and a fireworks display at dusk. 

Fireworks can be seen best from the lawn of , at Lake Cook and Hart roads.

July 4 — Elgin/Hoffman Estates: The Northwest Fourth-Fest, which claims to be the ’burbs' biggest Fourth of July celebration, is sponsored by Hoffman Estates, the city of Elgin, Hanover Park and Hanover Township. The festival will be held at the Sears Centre, 5333 Prairie Stone Parkway, Hoffman Estates. The celebration runs from July 4 to July 8.

With food, a carnival, entertainment and fireworks on July 4 at 9:30 p.m., you won't run out of things to do. Some of the most notable events include a bags tournament at 3 p.m. July 4, an ABBA tribute band at 9 p.m. July 6, and pony rides from 1 to 3 p.m. July 7.



If you are up for a drive, these fireworks displays and Fourth of July celebrations may be worth your while: 

July 4 — Arlington Heights: Head on over to Arlington Park, 2200 West Euclid Ave. in Arlngton Heights, on the Fourth of July for a day filled with music, food, fireworks, and, of course, horse racing. Post time is 4 p.m., and gates open at 1 p.m. Admission is $12. 

After the races, stick around for a major fireworks display at dusk. The first 10,000 in attendance will receive 3D Fireworks Glasses, and the first 1,000 kids will receive a complementary Firecracker Popsicle.

July 4 — Bartlett: Bartlett's Fireworks Extravaganza will start at 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Apple Orchard Park, near Steams Road and County Road 6 in Bartlett. 

Bartlett will hold a Fourth of July Fest that will run from July 4 to July 8. Some of the most notable events include a plastic turtle race fundraiser and a free Carnival Day for children with physical and developmental disabilities and their families from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, July 6.

Check-in begins at 2 p.m. All special needs children must be accompanied by a family member 16 years or older.

July 4 — Chicago: Navy Pier is one of the ultimate stops for fireworks spectacles during the summer.

Every Wednesday at 9:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 p.m., the fireworks are set off from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend. On the Fourth of July, a fireworks display will be synchronized with music at a special time of 9 p.m.

July 4 — Elk Grove: A fireworks display will be held at Lions Park on July 4 and will start at 9:15 p.m. Concessions open at 6 p.m.

July 4 — Glen Ellyn: Glen Ellyn will hold its annual Fourth of July Celebrations, which will begin on June 30 — the weekend before the Fourth of July — with the Lake Ellyn Cardboard Regatta, in which participants either will sink or float in their vessels constructed of cardboard.

On July 4, grab a blanket and head out to to be dazzled by fireworks, which begin at dusk.

July 3 — Palatine: Do you want to help set a world record? Then head out to , near the intersection of East Wood Street and North Hicks Road, to attend the Hometown Fest.

On July 1, an attempt will be made to break the world record for "most handheld games played at one time." There is a $2 registration fee, but all proceeds go to Relay for Life. Other fest activities include a carnival, blood drive, and of course, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 3.

July 4 — Rolling Meadows: For fireworks and a fun parade, Rolling Meadows will have you covered on July 4. The parade steps off at 11:30 a.m. and will follow this route: Central Road to Jay Lane to Grouse Lane to Meadow Drive to Kirchoff Road. Fireworks begin at 9:15 p.m. at Salk Park, 3699 Pheasant Drive in Rolling Meadows. 

Amie Schaenzer June 28, 2012 at 01:52 PM
Sleepy Hollow has been added. Thanks for the reminder, Bob.
Chris Hagen July 03, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Lake Forest has THE best fireworks... Plus live bands before them... This year it's Kenny Loggins and 16 Candles...
Lynnsey S. July 03, 2012 at 03:21 PM
I love 16 candles!!!
Rick Reinacher July 03, 2012 at 06:20 PM
Time to cross Cary and FRG off the list.
Amie Schaenzer July 03, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Thanks Rick! This list has just been updated to include those cancellations.


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