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Fourth of July events (with map)

Your guide to Independence Day celebrations in and around McHenry County

Following is a list of Fourth of July events in the area.


FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS, dusk July 3, best viewed from the lawn of Barrington High School at Lake Cook and Hart roads. For information, visit:


KICK OFF TO THE FOURTH OF JULY, 7 p.m. July 1, Lions Park, Silver Lake Road, Cary. Music by Final Say starting at 7 p.m. followed by a fireworks display at dusk. Food available for purchase. Free admission. Parking: $5 on grass, $10 on pavement. Park will open at 6:30 p.m. Host: Cary Park District. Information: 847-639-6100.


FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & FIREWORKS, 1 p.m. July 3, parade travels down Dole Avenue to the Lakeside Festival grounds at Lakeside Legacy Arts Park, 401 Country Club Road. Fireworks at dusk over the lake. Information: 815-455-8000 or


FOURTH OF JULY PARADE, 9 a.m. July 4, steps off at corner of Slade and Douglas Avenues, Elgin. “Toys on Parade” theme. Information: 847-488-1456 or


CELEBRATE FOX LAKE, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 2, parade starts at Grant Community High School, Grand Avenue and Route 49, Fox Lake. Festivities follow at Millennium Park with an arts and crafts show, live music, entertainment, games, children’s activities and food. Fireworks are planned for Sunday, July 3 over the lake.s Information: 847-587-7474; or


FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS, dusk July 4, Prime Outlets Mall parking lot, 11800 Factory Shops Blvd., Huntley. Information: 847-669-9100.


FOURTH OF JULY PARADE & PICNIC, 10 a.m. July 4, parade starts at Burnett Road, Island Lake. Picnic immediately follows the parade at Veteran’s Park for food, fun, games and crafts. Information: 847-526-8764.


PISTAKEE BAY FIREWORKS, dusk July 2, in front of the Oak Park Lounge, 801 W. Oak Grove Road, Johnsburg. Come by boat or car. Information: 815-385-9872.


INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION, July 3, Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Highways 12 & 50, Lake Geneva, Wis. Family fun with arts and crafts, picnic foods, live music, water ski show, children’s activities and more (fees apply to various events). Fireworks at dusk. Requesting those attending the fireworks display to donate two non-perishable food items for the local food pantry. Information: 262-248-8811 or


INDEPENDENCE DAY FIREWORKS, 9:30 p.m. July 2, Petersen Park on McCullom Lake Road, McHenry. Always Frantic band will start to play at 7 p.m. Food available for purchase. Sponsors: McHenry Area Jaycees and the City of McHenry. Information: 815-363-2100 or


FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, noon July 4, Horse Fair Park, 8105 Blivin, Spring Grove. “Home Town Heroes” theme parade starts at noon followed by games, family fun, live music. Fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Parking: $5 per vehicle all day. Information: 815-675-2121 or; 815-678-7742 or


FOURTH OF JULY CELEBRATION, July 3, Wonder Lake. Parade, Kids Zone and games start 1:30 p.m. Ski show at 4:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. Sponsored by Wonder Lake Chamber of Commerce. Information: 815-728-0682 or


FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS, dusk July 4, Emricson Park, between South and West Jackson streets, Woodstock. Seating on the sledding hill. Bring blankets or lawn chairs. Parking: $5. Donations accepted from walk-ins. Information: 815-338-4300 or

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