The Fourth of July is quickly approaching. Fireworks and 4th of July festivities are taking place throughout the county. Where will you go to view this year’s fireworks display? Here is a list of fireworks displays (and events) occurring throughout DuPage County…
See Bensenville fireworks section below. Addison is participating in Libertyfest 2012 in Bensenville.
When: July 4th @ 9PM
Where: Apple Orchard Park
Bensenville Fireworks / Libertyfest 2012
When: July 3rd (9:30PM-10PM) AND July 4th (9:30PM-10PM)
Where: Redmond Park in Bensenville
Parking / Information: Two fireworks displays are part of Libertyfest. The festival is co-sponsored by the villages of Bensenville, Elmhurst, Addison, and Wood Dale. For shuttle bus and parking info, please visit Bensenville’s website. Here is a schedule of events for 2012 Libertyfest.
Here is a map of the Libertyfest location:
Clarendon Hills Fireworks
When: July 4th @ 9:30PM
Where: Hinsdale Golf Club (140 Chicago Avenue)
See the Bensenville fireworks section above. Elmhurst is participating in Libertyfest 2012 in Bensenville.
Glen Ellyn Fireworks
When: July 4th (dusk)
Where: Lake Ellyn, North Park Blvd and Forest Avenue
Parking / Information: Free parking is available in the lot between Park Blvd and Montclair Ave south of the train tracks. Parking is limited. An entire website of information for the Glen Ellyn fireworks is available at http://www.glenellyn4thofjuly.com/.
Glendale Heights Fireworks
Lisle Fireworks / Eyes to the Skies
When: June 29th, June 30th, July 1st (Finale) all begin at 9:45PM
Where: Lisle Community Park (Eyes to the Skies Festival), west side of Rt.53, south of Odgen Avenue
Parking / Information: Of all of the fireworks displays in DuPage, this is of my favorites. The Eyes to the Skies festival is a great time, but not overcrowded. For parking and more information, please visit http://eyestotheskies.org.
Lombard Fireworks / Taste of Lombard
When: July 4th @ 9:30PM
Where: Madison Meadow Park (Taste of Lombard), Meyers Road north to Madison Street west
Parking / Information: Limited onsite parking is available. Additionaly limited parking on nearby city streets. More information can be found on the Taste of Lombard website.
Naperville Fireworks / Ribfest
When: July 3rd @ 9:30PM
Where: Knoch Park (at Ribfest), Aurora Ave & Washington St
Parking / Information: Free parking is extremely limited. You may be able to find some street parking in the neighborhoods west of Knoch Park, but that is not guaranteed (and you may need to walk for a mile or so to the park. Plan to walk to the fireworks or take a free shuttle. Get to the fireworks early; due to capacity issues, Naperville may deny entry to the park.
Only go to the Naperville fireworks display if you are already attending Ribfest. If you don’t mind fighting huge crowds to view a fireworks display that is no more impressive than many of the other DuPage County villages’ displays, then go to Naperville. Ribfest is a great time, but if I were only going out for fireworks, I’d go elsewhere. More information about the Naperville firework display and Ribfest 2012 can be found here.
Oak Brook Fireworks / Taste of Oak Brook
When: July 3rd @ 9:15PM
Where: Oak Brook Polo Grounds – 31st Street
The 2012 fireworks display for Roselle has been CANCELLED due to lack of funding.
When: July 4th @ 9:15PM
Where: Cerny Park, off River Rd just north of Ferry Rd
Parking / Information: Parking available as posted on the streets, at the south parking lot of Bower Elementary School and the Ferry & River Rd. parking lot of AT&T.
When: July 4th
Where: Ty Warner Park (Plaza & Blackhawk Dr)
Wheaton Fireworks – CANCELLED!
The fireworks display in Wheaton has been cancelled due to the storm damage that occurred throughout the Wheaton area on Sunday, July 1st.
When: July 3rd @ 9PM
Where: DuPage County Fairgrounds, County Farm Rd and Manchester
Parking / Information: There is a decent amount of parking onsite, but it is recommended you get there early to find a spot. The lots usually open by 6:30PM. This is one of the better firework displays in DuPage County. With ample parking and well organized traffic-flow, you can usually get in and out of the event pretty quickly.
Wood Dale Fireworks
See Bensenville Fireworks section above. Wood Dale is participating in Libertyfest 2012.