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Independence Day Events

This year, celebrate Independence Day at one of the many events along the Heritage Corridor! Here you'll find the dates and times of different Independence Day events throughout the area. Celebrations will be hosted in Joliet, Wilmington, Dwight, Utica, Streator, and Oglesby. With a wide array of options to choose from, you shouldn't have a problem finding a way to spend the upcoming 4th of July. So come on out and celebrate the holiday with family and friends at an event near you!
July 1st
At 5:00 PM, in Joliet, the Billie Limacher Bicentennial Park and Theatre will kick off the week of Independance Day Celebrations throughout the area. Enjoy music, food, fun, and fireworks along the Des Plaines River Canal!
The City of Wilmington will be hosting a free fireworks display at the North Island Park. Fireworks will begin shortly after dusk. If any weather complications arise, the event will be moved to July 2nd.
July 2nd
In Dwight, hosted at the Dwight Grade School, their will be a firework display starting at 9:00 PM. The event is free and will include a bounce house, other inflatables, a water tank, and more!
If you're near the Utica area, Utica will be hosting a celebration at Carey Memorial Park. Bring the whole family early to enjoy food, refreshments, a train ride, bouncy houses, face painting and much more! Gates open at 4:00 PM. Fireworks start at dusk.
July 3rd
Make your way out to Silver Cross Field as the Joliet Slammers will host three days of celebrations for the Fourth of July. The Slammers host their only Monday night game of the season on Monday, July 3 versus the River City Rascals at 7:05 pm. Promotions include a left-field BBQ picnic, two fireworks shows, and a military appreciation night.Fans can purchase individual tickets to the left-field BBQ picnic at the stadium for $25. The picnic will run from 6:00 PM when gates open until 7:30 PM.
On Tuesday, July 4, the Slammers will play at 7:05 pm. A post-game Fourth of July fireworks show will follow the game.
Military Appreciation Night is Wednesday, July 5, with the game set to start at 7:05 pm. Veterans and active military receive free tickets to the game by showing a form of ID at the Box Office.
July 4th
At 6:00 PM, head over to Memorial Stadium in Joliet to celebrate the holiday! You won't want to miss Joliet's 71st annual fireworks show. Gates open at 6:00 PM and fireworks are set to start at 9:20 PM.
In Ottawa, from 9:00-10:30 PM you can find one of Central Illinois' largest and most spectacular light shows at Ottawa Township High School. And don't forget to look up before dusk and enjoy the precision sky divers from Sky Dive Chicago. For great family fun and one of the best settings in the area, join the festivities every 4th of July at this one-of-a-kind event!
July 8th
In Streator, the annual Fourth of July celebration comes to town. The celebration includes a carnival at Northpoint, a talent contest, musical entertainment, food vendors, a parade, and more!. Gates open at noon. Fireworks are set to begin at 9:15 PM at the Streator High School Athletic Field.
July 9th
To round out the celebrations, in Oglesby, the Summer Fun Fest will come to a conclusion with a gigantic fireworks finale Sunday night at the Oglesby Municipal Pool Grounds. Fireworks are set to begin around 9:15 PM. Bring lawn chairs and blankets to enjoy the various free entertainment acts.
Independence Day is one of the most exciting times of the year and it's a perfect reason to gather with friends and loved ones to celebrate the nation. These events provide fun for kids and adults, and are a perfect way to bring communities together. So come on out and enjoy the festivities at an Independence Day celebration near you!