Family Guide to July Fourth in Lake County

Whether you decide to stay in your town or experience the Fourth of July in a new place each year, the celebrations in Lake County are fun enough to keep you local for our national holiday. You’ll love this family guide to July Fourth in Lake County to see all the activities and events for Independence Day this year. And since most of these town celebrations happen year after year, you can channel your inner Goldilocks and try out each one until you find one that’s just right.

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July Fourth Fireworks in Lake County


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Saturday 1 July

  • Fox Lake- Northwest end of Nippersink Lake | 9:30 p.m.
  • Grayslake– Central Park fireworks | 9:30p.m.
  • Wheeling– Chicago Executive Airport | 9:30 p.m.

Sunday 2 July

  • Gurnee/Six Flags– Six Flags Great America will hold a fireworks display when the park closes at 10pm.  Make sure you’re at Hometown Square, Southwest Territory, or County Fair for some of the best views of these firework shows.
  • Kenosha– Harbor Park | 9:30 p.m.

Monday 3 July

  • Deerfield– Brickyards Park | Watch the flag raising ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and view fireworks at dusk (about 9:30 p.m.).
  • Gurnee/Six Flags– Six Flags Great America will hold a fireworks display when the park closes at 10:00 p.m.  Make sure you’re at Hometown Square, Southwest Territory, or County Fair for some of the best views of these firework shows.
  • Great Lakes Naval Station– “Rock, White and Blue” Fireworks | 9:45 p.m.
  • Hawthorn Woods – Evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a concert before the fireworks at dusk (9:15 p.m.)
  • Kenosha– Harbor Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Mundelein– Kracklauer Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Wauconda– Cook Park on Bangs Lake | 9:30 p.m.

Tuesday 4 July

  • Antioch– Williams Park | Live music from 5:00 p.m-9:30 p.m. when the spectacular, 22-minute fireworks display starts.
  • Buffalo Grove– Excellent viewing from the Rotary Village Green, the Buffalo Grove Golf Course, or Willow Stream Park, listen to a concert at 7:00 p.m. with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Glencoe– Lakefront Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Gurnee/Six Flags– Six Flags Great America will hold a fireworks display when the park closes at 10:00 p.m..  Make sure you’re at Hometown Square, Southwest Territory, or County Fair for some of the best views of these firework shows.
  • Great Lakes Naval Station– Ross Field | 9:30 p.m.
  • Highland Park– Wolters Field | 9:00 p.m., watch from Hidden Creek Aqua Park for $5
  • Lake Zurich– Paulus Park | 9:15 p.m.
  • Kenosha– HarborPark | 9:30 p.m.
  • Lake Forest– Deerpath Park | 9:30 p.m. – Admission is $15 residents/$20 non-residents
  • Libertyville– Butler Park | Live music will begin at 7:30 p.m. with fireworks at  9:30 p.m.
  • Linconshire– Spring Lake Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Round Lake Beach– Cultural Center Outdoor Stage 2007 N. Civic Center Way | 9:30 p.m.
  • Vernon Hills– Big Bear and Little Bear Lake, Century Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Zion– Shiloh Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Barrington – Barrington High School 8:30 p.m.
  • Waukegan – Waukegan Harbor 9:30 p.m.

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July Fourth Festivals in Lake County


Friday 30 June

Saturday 1 July

  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – 5 days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • Celebrate Fox Lake July 4th Celebration- Live entertainment, craft and vendor show, games, food, beer tent in Nippersink Park.
  • Grayslake Annual Family Picnic– Event takes place in Central Park and includes kids rides, games, food vendors and booths, live entertainment and fireworks at dusk (approximately 9:30 p.m.).
  • Mundelein Community Days Saturday starts off with a 5K run. The rest of the day includes a pet parade, car show, kids crafts and Mundelein Munch and beer tent start at noon. The carnival operates from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. with pony rides and petting zoo from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Wheeling– Chicago Executive Airport. Events begin early at 8:00 a.m. with a 5K run on the runways of the Chicago Executive Airport. At 5:00 p.m., the evening events commence with an evening of food trucks, festival activities and fireworks at dusk.

Sunday 2 July

  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – 5 days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • Mundelein Community Days holds a pancake breakfast from 7:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. with ceramics painting and kids crafts from 8:00-11:00 a.m. Mundelein Munch and beer tent start at noon. The carnival operates from 5:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. with pony rides and petting zoo from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Centennial Festival at Bowen Park runs from 2:30 – 6pm and includes a petting zoo, baseball game, pony rides, main stage, skate park, expo, food vendors, arts and crafts, and children’s games.

Monday 3 July

  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – 5 days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • Deerfield– Family Days kicks off at 5:30 p.m. in Jewett Park and Brickyards Park with food vendors, spin art, a silent auction, and games.  Watch the flag raising ceremony at 7:00 p.m. and enjoy the fireworks at dusk (about 9:30 p.m.)
  • Mundelein Community Days starts off with chalk art from 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. with food vendors and beer tent starting at noon.  Starting at 1:00 p.m. are the Elite Company Dancers and face painting, with the carnival starting at 2:00 p.m.  At 4:00 p.m. you can enter a hot dog eating contest, watch a Taekwondo Demonstration, and take a fire engine ride!  Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
  • Great Lakes Naval Station– Ross Field holds one of the best festivals you can experience for Independence Day! With roving characters and food booths, a rock wall, kid zone, live music, paintball, military display and more!  This is a must-see event!  Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m. Read Little Lake County’s tips and tricks for this event before you go.
  • Red, White and Boom – Lincolnshire festival features food court and beer tents, face painting, rides, classic car show and music.

Tuesday 4 July

  • Antioch Independence Day Celebration– This is THE YEAR to head over to Antioch for the July Fourth Celebration, celebrating 125 years!  The day’s celebration starts off with a 5k Run For Freedom. At noon, the festival kicks off at Williams Park with food and craft vendors, kids’ games, and adults can enjoy beverages at the newly installed Lion’s Pavilion. Other activities include Family Candy Bar Bingo, a Baggo Tournament and live music will play from 5:00 p.m.-9:30 p.m. the day ends with the fireworks.
  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – 5 days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • Deerfield– This festival begins at 8:00 a.m. with a pancake breakfast, 10k/5k, and craft vendors. At 8:30 a.m. enjoy a bike parade and at 8:45 a.m. bring your pup for a dog show.  Starting at 10:00 a.m., that will be a petting zoo, inflatables, pony rides, and corporate and food vendors.  Don’t miss the flower show at 10:00 a.m. and parade at 12:00 p.m.Waukegan Road to Hazel Avenue, and ends at Jewett Park.  If you’re interested in cooling off, from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. you can swim for FREE at the Deerspring Pool!
  • Glencoe Fourth of July-Throught the day the Park District will host patriotic games, lice music, and activities for all ages. highlights include preschool games in Kalk Park, Food Truck Fest at Lakefront Park and the fireworks.
  • Great Lakes Naval Station– Ross Field holds one of the best festivals you can experience for Independence Day!  With roving characters and food booths, a rock wall, kid zone, live music, paintball area, military static display and more!  This is a must-see event!  Fireworks start at 9:30 p.m.
  • Fourth Fest Highland Park – Sunset Woods Park starting at 11:00 a.m. will feature live music, food, carnival rides, pony rides, petting zoo and more.
  • Kenosha– 11:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m. Head over to HarborPark and enjoy food vendors, Pier Pups, an eating contest, kids’ karaoke, water show, carnival, live music and fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Lake Forest Festival– Deerpath Park to enjoy food, kids activities, and concert.  Fireworks at dusk. Admission is $15 per person ages 5 and older (resident) and $20 for non-residents.
  • Red, White and Boom– Lincolnshire festival starts with the pancake breakfast and 5K.  The rest of the day includes petting zoo, trackless train, inflatables, food vendors, carnival games, cardboard boat regatta, music and a fireworks display at 9:30 p.m.
  • Lake Zurich 4th of July Celebration– Day-long activities include music, entertainment, kid’s games, inflatable rides, swimming, the Taste of Summer featuring great restaurants serving everything from hot dogs and burgers to pizza, tacos and egg rolls.
  • Round Lake Area 4th of July Celebration– Event will feature the park district with games and prizes starting at 6:00 p.m. and live music starting at also at 6:00 p.m., fireworks are at dusk.
  • Vernon Hills Independence Day Celebration– Gather at Century park starting at 6:30 for live music and fun, followed by fireworks.
  • Zion Park District 4th of July Festivities– A day full or concerts games and fun activities including a Little League All-star game, fishing tournament, pony rides, petting zoo, rides, games music and more.
  • Island Lake 4th of July Picnic – Picnic at Veterans park after the parade with food, music, pony rides and more.

 

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July Fourth Parades


Saturday 1 July

  • Fox Lake- Parade steps off at 2:00 p.m. from grant High School and ends at Town Center Plaza

Sunday 2 July

  • Mundelein–  Mundelein’s Community Days annual parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m. and runs west on Division Street from the Metra lot to California Avenue, north to Hawley Street, then west to Mundelein High School. The reviewing stand will be set-up on the southeast corner of Lincoln and Division.  Don’t miss the juggler and stilt walker at 4:00 p.m.

Tuesday 4 July

  • Antioch– Parade starts at 10:30 a.m. at Antioch Community High School and ends at Poplar Avenue next to the Antioch Public Library, the theme is “Decades of Antioch”
  • Barrington– Parade starts at 10am from Barrington High School along Main Street ending at the train station. This years theme “Celebrating America’s Superherros”.
  • Deerfield– Enjoy a bike parade and at 8:45 a.m. Parade steps off at 12:00 p.m. which starts from Deerspring Pool to Waukegan Road, Waukegan Road to Hazel Avenue, and ends at Jewett Park.
  • Lake Forest– Watch the parade at 10:00 a.m. then head over to Deerpath Park to enjoy food, kids activities, and concert.
  • Vernon Hills– Enjoy a parade starting at 9:00 a.m. and then enjoy festivities until approximately 9:30 p.m. when fireworks start over Big Bear and Little Bear Lake.
  • Highland Park – 9:30 a.m. Children’s Bike and Pet parade through Downtown Highland Park. 10:00 a.m. Main Parade through downtown Highland Park
  • Round Lake – Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. from Hawthorne Rd just east or Cedar Lake.
  • Lake Bluff – The biggest parade in Lake County runs through downtown Lake Bluff and kicks off with the Children’s parade at 9:50 a.m.
  • Hawthorn Woods – Parade kicks off at 10:00 a.m. at Falkirk and Carlisle, continues down Lagoon Drive and ends at Village Hall for a flag raising.
  • Island Lake – parade kicks of at 9:00 a.m. at the Village Hall.
  • Lake Zurich –  The  22nd Annual Lake Zurich Boat Parade is at approximately 8:00pm, just before the fireworks begin.This year’s theme is Whatever Floats Your Boat! All interested boat owners are encouraged to participate. 

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July Fourth Activities in Lake County


Friday 30 June

  • Tie Dye for the Fourth of July – Fremont Library, bring a white t-shirt and turn it into a red-white-and-blue work of art!
  • Rockin Tots Independence Day Party – Come celebrate Independence Day at Rockin’ Tots!  Bring a tricycle or red wagon with you for the parade around the gym! They will have Arts & Crafts, a Face Painter and Sweet Treats for everyone! This event is for ages 6 and under only.

Sunday 2 July

  • Red, White, and Blue – Crabtree Nature Center, Hike Bur Edge Trail and try to spot flowers, fruits, or animals wearing America’s Independence Day Colors.
  • American Raptors – River Trails Nature Center

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@ Kari Alford | Little Lake County.com | 2017

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About Kari Alford 30 Articles
Kari is a military wife who gets to travel the globe with her favorite people: her family! She has a husband who is funnier than she lets on, a daughter who is more creative than anyone she’s ever met, and a son who is always up for an adventure (especially if it involves a sword fight!) Kari hails from Michigan, but thanks to joining the Navy when she was 19, she has lived in California and Japan until returning to the Midwest in 2015. Kari loves to experience what cities have to offer but also loves to kayak with her family, or explore the wilderness. Every day is a different one since she’s on her children’s school’s PTO board, the AYLL board, and goes to college part time. Kari hates being bored, so you’ll often find her with her crochet bag, working on an afghan while she’s waiting for her children during practice.

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