Your Guide to Fourth of July Activities In and Around Elmhurst
You'll have to travel outside the city limits for fireworks, but tons of July 4 celebrations will be held a stone's throw away.
It's been many years since Elmhurst has had a fireworks display or parade within the city limits on the Fourth of July, but another Elmhurst tradition continues.
Beginning at 7:15 a.m. on July 4, Elmhurst Running Club, in partnership with Community Bank of Elmhurst, will present the eighth annual 4 on the 4th 4-mile run. The race begins just south of Elmhurst College's main gate at 190 S. Prospect Ave. Race Day registration is $30, or sign up in advance for $25.
Afterward, Elmhurst will continue its partnership with Bensenville to offer Libertyfest at Redmond Park. And, for those willing to travel to other neighboring towns, there are plenty of holiday events to attend.
Following the July 4 parade at 10 a.m., come out to Redmond Park for games, music and food, followed by fireworks. Bands take the stage at 12:30 p.m. and play all night. Kids can enjoy pony rides and a petting zoo, and free public skating at The Edge Ice Arena.
The Villa Park July 4 parade, hosted by Villa Park VFW Post 2801, will step off at noon from the Trinity Church parking lot on Ardmore in Villa Park. The parade will go west on Central to Harvard, south on Harvard to Madison, east on Madison to Summit, north to the Park, and end past the gazebo grand stand.
Enjoy food, fun and fireworks on the Oak Brook Polo Grounds, on 31st Street between York and Spring roads, from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 3.
Food will be provided by such restaurants as Gibson's, Grotto, Kona Grill, Labriola, Pinstripes, Tuscany and more. Bands will perform all day until the fireworks, at dusk.
The Taste of Lombard begins at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, and runs straight through Saturday night, with tons of bands, a carnival, food and fireworks. Admission is $3.
The fireworks will begin around 9:30 p.m. July 4.
Steve Miller Band, Joe Walsh and ZZ Top are the headliners among the many bands at Ribfest, and the party begins Friday, June 29. Fireworks will wrap up the celebration at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 3. It's all happening in Knoch Park, 724 West St., Naperville.