Photo courtesy of Millennium Park
Photo courtesy of Millennium Park

July 4 Weekend Fun for Chicago Kids: Fireworks, Festivals, Family Fun

Not sure what to do with the kids on July 4 this year? There are parades, festivals, and parties for patriots of all sizes on Thursday—including lots to do for littles who can't stay up late enough to see the fireworks. On Thursday afternoon, join the kids' parade in Hyde Park, hit the big town parades in Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Downers Grove, or Oak Park, or play games at the special festival for the Fourth at Lake Ellyn Park. At night, fireworks light up the skies over Lake Michigan and the suburbs—see our highlight reel below, and the full list in our guide to Chicago's best Fourth of July fireworks for families.

The holiday weekend fun doesn't stop when the fireworks fizzle out. This weekend's family-friendly fun includes West Fest on the West Side, the giant Rib Fest out in Naperville, and the glorious Eyes to the Skies Festival in Lisle, with hot air balloons launching every morning and evening. 

Families can also catch a summer concert at the Brookfield Zoo, roll out a blanket for a free movie or concert under the stars, or see a special, abridged, even more kid-friendly version of The Wizard of Oz. And the Parks Department continues its summer-long celebration of its 85th anniversary with a party at one of the city's most beloved playgrounds, Indian Boundary Park, on Friday night.

There's tons more in our jam-packed event calendar. Happy Fourth of July!


Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

4th on 53rd Parade Staging Grounds
5300 S Lake Park Ave W
Chicago, IL 60615

Longfellow Park
Ridgeland and Adams Street
Oak Park, IL 60302

Burlington Park
Chestnut Street and Garfield Street
Hinsdale, IL 60521

Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Millennium Park
201 E Randolph St Under the Tent at Chase Promenade North (south entrance)
Chicago, IL 60601

Downtown Downers Grove
Main Street from Grant to Warren
Downers Grove , IL 60515

Hamilton Lakes
I-390 & Park Blvd.
Itasca , IL 60143

McCarthy Park
16801 S. 80th Ave.
Tinley Park, IL 60447

Turner Park
81 E. Devon Avenue
Roselle, IL 60172

Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137

Oak Park River Forest High School
201 Scoville Ave.
Oak Park, IL 60302

Madison Meadow park
E. Madison and S. Ahrens Ave.
Lombard , IL 60148

75th Street and Lemont Road
75th Street and Lemond Road
Downers Grove, IL 60515

McCullough Park
N. Lake Street and W. Illinois Avenue
Aurora , IL 60506

Navy Pier
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
201 E Randolph St.
Chicago, IL 60601

Harris Theater at Millennium Park
205 E. Randolph Drive
Chicago, IL 60601

Knoch Park
724 S. West St.
Naperville , IL 60540

Lisle Community Park
1825 Short Street
Lisle , IL 60532

Recreation Park
500 E. Miner St
Arlington Heights, IL 60004

Washington Park
5531 S. King Dr.
Chicago, IL 60615

Brookfield Zoo
8400 31st Street
Brookfield, IL 60513

Spirit of the Music Garden, Grant Park
601 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, IL 60605

West Town Neighborhood
1800W - 2000W Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622

Chicago Shakespeare Theatre on Navy Pier
800 East Grand Avenue Courtyard Theatre
Chicago, IL 60611

The Dorchester Art + Housing Collaborative
1456 E 70th St
Chicago, IL 60637

Indian Boundary Park
2500 W. Lunt Ave.
Chicago, IL 60645

Polk Brothers Park
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611

Cantigny Park
1s151 Winfield Road
Wheaton , IL 60189

Hollywood Boulevard Cinema
1001 W. 75th Street
Woodridge, IL 60517

Green City Market Lincoln Park
1817 N. Clark St.
Chicago, IL 60614

Green City Market West Loop
115 S. Sangamon St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Open Books Pilsen
905 W. 19th St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Chicago Childrens Museum
700 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611

Maxwell Street Market
800 S. Desplaines St.
Chicago, IL 60607
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