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Star-spangled summer

Fireworks and Fourth of July fun in the Fox Valley

Kane County Magazine

Kane County has plenty of patriotic pride when it comes to the Fourth of July. To celebrate the red, white and blue this year, enjoy local parades, carnivals and (of course) fireworks displays! 

Here is a list of Independence Day delights (by town):

Aurora
Fourth of July Celebration

The City of Aurora will host its Fourth of July celebration at RiverEdge Park in Aurora. It is free to attend, and families are encouraged to bring coolers with picnic food (but no alcohol). There also will be food and drink vendors and inflatables to keep the kids busy. The park opens at 3 p.m. and the American Legion Band will perform at 6:15 p.m., followed by the Fox Valley Orchestra at 7:45 p.m. Fireworks will take place at approximately 9:35 p.m.

 RiverEdge Park
360 N. Broadway St., Aurora
riveredgeaurora.com

St. Charles
July 4th Celebration

On Tuesday, July 4, the St. Charles Park District, in cooperation with the City of St. Charles, will host what is widely known as one of the best fireworks displays in the area. The free fireworks display is best viewed from the grounds at either Pottawatomie Park or Ferson Creek Park. The band, Final Say, will take the stage in the historic pavilion at 6 p.m. until the start of the fireworks extravaganza. Picnic tables will be available on a first-come/first-served basis, so it is strongly suggested that patrons bring their own tables, blankets and lawn chairs. Food, such as hot dogs, bratwurst, popcorn and ice cream will be available at the River View Miniature Golf concession stand, which will remain open until 9:15 p.m. 

Batavia
Batavia’s Fourth of July Sky Concert

With more than 50 years of setting the standard for fireworks displays, Batavia’s citizen-funded show known as the “Sky Concert” will be set to music. The Batavia Community Band will set the mood about an hour before the show by playing patriotic music. “Savor the Flavor” food vendors will begin serving food at 5 p.m. and the Batavia Community Band will start playing patriotic music at 8:15 p.m. The Sky concert will begin at 9:30 p.m. 

 326 Millview Drive, Batavia
bataviafireworks.org

Elburn
The 2017 Fireworks Show

The Elburn Lions Club will host the 2017 Fireworks Show on Saturday, July 8, reviving a tradition from years past. Lions Park, 500 Filmore St., Elburn, will open at 7 p.m. and the show is expected to begin at approximately 9 p.m.  If necessary, the rain date will be July 9. Food and drinks, such as hot dogs, nachos, pretzels with cheese, popcorn, candy, pop and water, will be available for purchase at the clubhouse. Local businesses will also be open prior to and after the show. Alcohol, dogs, guns, coolers and grills will not be permitted on the park grounds.

 www.elburnlions.com

Elgin
4th of July Parade

Elgin’s 4th of July Parade, themed “prehistoric creatures,” will start at Douglas and Slade avenues and end at Highland Avenue. The parade will start at 9 a.m. and last approximately two hours.  

 www.elginartscentral.com

Bartlett
Bartlett 4th of July 

The Bartlett 4th of July Festival will run from June 30 through July 4, with fireworks at 9:30 p.m. July 4 at Apple Orchard Park in Bartlett. The five-day festival will take place at the festival grounds, located at the corner of S. Stearns and S. Bartlett roads. It will feature rides, games, concessions, entertainment, vendors, bingo, a turtle race, parade and skydivers. 

 www.bartlett4thofjuly.com

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