Last Minute Chicago & Chicagoland 4th of July Activities & Events

The holiday weekend is quickly approaching, but don’t panic if you haven’t made any fun plans for the 4th of July just yet. The Chicago area offers a ton of fun and unique experiences that are slightly off the beaten path, but can be just as fun as Navy Pier. Here are 5 local Chicagoland activities and attractions that you can enjoy this weekend.


Independence Day Celebration, Cantigny Park

Cantigny Park in Wheaton is hosting an Independence Day Celebration from 12:00-4:00 pm on July 4th. This event is completely free and there will be inflatables to bounce around in, a mural to help paint and a declaration of independence that the kids can sign. There will also be free music courtesy of The Navy Band Great Lakes, and other children’s activities throughout the grounds. Parking, admission and all museums will be free. This is a great, low cost way to enjoy the 4th. For more information:

Lisle Eyes to the Skies Festival

Come early for the hot air balloon launch and stay late for the fireworks! For the past 30 years, Lisle has hosted a hot air balloon launch and festival. This famous festival includes the iconic hot air balloon launch in the morning, a carnival, music, a parade, fireworks and great local food. Admission is $7 a person, under 5 is free. In addition to the festivities, the nation’s first wheelchair accessible hot air balloon, Serena’s Song will be giving tethered rides to children and adults with disabilities. For information on Serena’s Song, check out   For information about the festival, check out

Six Flags Great America, Gurnee

Six flags will be hosting its July 4th Fest on the 4th, 5th and 6th. They will have live bands, live entertainment and dance parties, fireworks each night. Also, in case you have missed the bajillion commercials, the park’s new coaster Goliath has opened and promises a short but thrilling ride. For more information, check out

Brookfield Zoo Summer Nights

Brookfield Zoo is hosting this event on Friday and Saturday nights through the end of July. They will be providing free entertainment, live music and kid’s activities. There is also the opportunity to buy food and view the animals. This event runs from 4:00-9:00 pm and tickets are $14.95 for adults after 4:00 pm, or members get in free. Membership is typically your best bet if you will visit the zoo more than once this year. For more details, check out

Local Fireworks

If you don’t feeling like getting in the car and driving to any of the other events, there are many towns having local firework displays nearby. Check out the list here for locations near you: Chicago and Suburbs Fireworks List

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