Family Guide to July Fourth in Lake County {2018}

With the fireworks, parades, cookouts, festivals, and concerts the Fourth of July is one of the most fun- filled times of the year. Here in Lake County we have a variety of events to help you celebrate the nation’s birthday with your kids. So gather your sparklers and get dressed in your best Americana apparel and head to one of these events.

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July Fourth Fireworks in Lake County

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Saturday 30 June

  • Grayslake – Central Park fireworks | Dusk
  • 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.
  • Fox Lake – Lakefront Park

Sunday 1 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.
  • Mundelein – Kracklauer Park | 9:30 p.m.

Monday 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 the best view s of these firework shows.

Tuesday 3 July

  • 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 the best view s of these firework shows.
  • Deerfield – Brickyards Park | 9:15 p.m.
  • Great Lakes Naval Station – “Rock, White and Blue” Fireworks | 10: 45 p.m.
  • Hawthorn Woods – Evening starts at 6:00 p.m. with a concert before the fireworks at dusk (9:15 p.m.)
  • Wauconda – Cook Park on Bangs Lake | music begins at 6:00 p.m.; fireworks begin at dusk.

Wednesday 4 July

  • 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 the best view s of these firework shows.
  • Kenosha– Celebration Place | 9:30 p.m.
  • Great Lakes Naval Station – “must see” fireworks | 9:30 p.m.
  • Antioch – downtown Antioch | 9:30 p.m.
  • 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.
  • Highland Park – Wolters Field |Bitter Jester Music Festival starting at 4:00 p.m. Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Lake Zurich – Paulus Park | 9:15 p.m.
  • Lake Forest – Deerpath Park | 9:40 p.m. – Admission is $15 residents/$20 non-residents. Admission includes a concert by Hairball.
  • Round Lake Beach – Cultural Center Outdoor Stage 2007 N. Civic Center Way | Dusk
  • Vernon Hills – Big Bear and Little Bear Lake, Century Park | 9:30 p.m.
  • Zion – Shiloh Park | 9:30 p.m.

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July Fourth Festivals in Lake County


Friday 29 June 

  • Mundelein Community Days is from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Enjoy chalk art, a dance performance Music Under the Tent, balloon twisters, a hotdog eating contest, fire engine rides, and the carnival beginning at 5:00 p.m.
  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – Five days of food, music and family entertainment.

Saturday 30 June

  • Grayslake – Central Park , Grayslake | 3:00 – 10:00 p.m.- Enjoy food, kids activities, live music, and a fireworks show at dusk. Parking available at Grayslake Middle School.
  • 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 2:000 p.m.-11:00 p.m. with pony rides from 3:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – Five days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • Wheeling– Chicago Executive Airport. Day is filled with activities such as its annual 5K, live music, and fireworks event!

Sunday 1 July

  • 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 2:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. There is a juggler, a musical performance by Bella Cain, and fireworks at dusk.
  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – Five days of food, music and family entertainment.

Monday, 2 July 

Tuesday, 3 July 

  • Kenosha – 11:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. location TBA. Live music fills multiple stages along the lakefront downtown. Admission is FREE.
  • Deerfield – Family Days starts at 6:00 pm, food is available from 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., a Silent Auction is held from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., and fireworks start at approximately 9:15 p.m. (dusk)
  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – Five days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • 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 10:45 p.m. Read all of 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.
  • Kenosha– Lake Front Parks | Live music fills multiple stages along the lakefront downtown

Wednesday, 4 July 

  • Deerfield– Family Days  continues its celebration with pancake breakfast, arts & crafts, bike show,
    dog show, rides, petting zoo, pony rides, parade, flower show and food concessions.
  • Glencoe Fourth of July-Throughout the day, the Park District will host patriotic games, live music, and activities for all ages. Event highlights include preschool games in Kalk Park, a food truck fest at Lakefront Park and fireworks.
  • Fourth Fest Highland Park – Sunset Woods Park starting at 11:00 a.m. will feature live music, food, carnival rides, pony rides and a petting zoo.
  • Lake Zurich 4th of July Celebration – Day-long activities include music, entertainment, kids’ games, inflatable rides, swimming, Taste of Summer featuring great restaurants serving everything from hot dogs and burgers to pizza, tacos and egg rolls, and a visit from the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.
  • Lake Forest Festival – Head to Deerpath Park to enjoy food, kids’ activities, and concert by Hairball.  Fireworks will begin at dusk. Admission is $15 per person ages 5 and older (resident) and $20 for non-residents. Regular Parking Pass: $25 –  day of event only as space is available (cash only).
  • Red, White and Boom – Lincolnshire’s festival features food court and beer tents, face painting, rides, classic car show and music.
  • Barrington Lions Club 4th of July Brat Tent – Five days of food, music and family entertainment.
  • 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 about all of Little Lake County’s tips and tricks for this event before you go.
  • Antioch Independence Day Celebration – Antioch’s Annual Independence Day Celebration happens on July Fourth and kick’s off with the State Bank of the Lakes “Run for Freedom” at 8:00 a.m., a parade at 10:30 a.m. and the day ends with the Annual Fireworks Show starting at 9:30 p.m. in downtown Antioch. In between there is something for everyone, incuding sports tournaments, children’s games, food and beverage vendors, a parade, and lots of music.
  • Kenosha – Lake Front Parks | Live music fills multiple stages along the lakefront downtown
  • Round Lake Area 4th of July Celebration – This event features the park district with games and prizes starting and live music starting at 6:00 p.m.; fireworks are at dusk.
  • Vernon Hills Independence Day Celebration – Watch the parade at 9:00 a.m. and then enjoy live music at Century Park at 6:30 p.m. and ending with fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
  • Zion Park District 4th of July Festivities – Enjoy a day full of concerts, games and fun activities including a Little League All-Star game, fishing tournament, pony rides, petting zoo, rides, games music and more.
  • Lake Bluff – This all-day celebration of America starts with the county’s largest parade, followed by a cookout, activities, a costume contest, and ends with a band.

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July Fourth Parades


Sunday 1 July 

  • Mundelein – Sunday, July 1st at 2:00 p.m. The parade will form in the Mundelein Metra Station parking lot and will run 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.

Wednesday, 4 July 

  • 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
  • Linconshire –  11:00 a.m.
  • Antioch – Parade starts at 10:30 a.m.
  • Barrington – The parade steps off at 10:00 a.m. from Barrington High School and will run along Main Street, ending at the train station.
  • Deerfield – Parade time and location tba.
  • Vernon Hills – Enjoy a parade starting at 9:00 a.m.
  • Round Lake – Parade starts at 9:00 a.m. from Hawthorne Road just east or Cedar Lake and will travel to Union square Park
  • Lake Bluff – The biggest parade in Lake County runs through downtown Lake Bluff and kicks off with the children’s parade at 9:15 a.m. followed by the main parade at 10:00 a.m.
  • Hawthorn Woods – The Fourth of July Parade kicks off on July 4th at 10:00 a.m. The parade starts at Falkirk and Carlisle, continues down Lagoon Drive, and ends at the Village Hall with a flag-raising ceremony.

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July Fourth Activities in Lake County

Thursday, 28 June

  • Fireworks Painting Activity – Using a cardboard tube as a paintbrush, we’ll create a colorful fireworks display. Dress for a mess.

Friday, 29 June

Wednesday, 4 July 

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Tracy dreams of someday being considered a “cool” mom and she can still remember the days when she had time to put on makeup in the morning. She is a young, single, stay-at-home mom to an awesome little boy named Jayden. She recently graduated college with a degree in Early Childhood Education and has lived in various parts of Lake County her whole life. Every day, she and her son set off in her Jeep, rocking a pair of oversized sunglasses, in search of a new and exciting adventure to go on. In her free time she enjoys photography, reading, dancing, yoga, shopping, and pinning kid’s activities on Pinterest. She truly believes that if she was given enough Starbucks that she could rule the world.

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