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Where to watch fireworks in the Joliet area for the July 4th weekend

Adrian Holman

Get your lawn chairs and your blankets ready because the reopening means that firework displays will be back this year for the July 4th weekend. The go-to place in the Chicago area for fireworks festivities around Independence Day is normally Navy Pier because seeing the fireworks go off over Lake Michigan is outstanding and awe-inspiring.

However, Navy Pier announced that they will not have a fireworks show for the second year in a row. They will have live music there on Saturday and Sunday, but there is no point of going there and dealing with the amount of people that will be there without seeing fireworks.

Nevertheless, there will be plenty of fireworks that you will be able to see within the Joliet area. Here is a schedule of places that you will be able to see explosions of grandeur on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

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Friday, July 2nd

Utica's Independence Day Celebration. If you are adventurous, then you can enjoy fireworks near Starved Rock in Utica. The fireworks festivities will be held at Carey Memorial Park. The doors will open at 5 PM CST, and the fireworks will pop off at dusk. You could turn this event into a whole weekend deal with some hiking at Starved Rock on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, July 3rd

Grundy County Fair Fireworks. Throughout this weekend, the Grundy County Fair is being held at the Grundy County Fairgrounds in Morris. While enjoying the fair, the fireworks will commence at 9:30 PM CST on Saturday night. The Fairgrounds is not near where the fire is burning at the old Federal Paper Building in downtown Morris, so you will not have to worry about any unexpected explosions on Saturday.

Lemont Park District's Independence Day Extravaganza. The Independence Day Extravaganza will be held on Saturday at the Centennial Park in Lemont. The doors will open at 5 PM CST with the fireworks beginning at dusk.

Joliet Slammers Fireworks. Fireworks will happen on Saturday and on Sunday after the Joliet Slammers baseball game at DuPage Medical Group Field in downtown Joliet. I have seen this fireworks show before, and the display is phenomenal. I endorse their fireworks show so much that I overlook the fact that the field has a sponsor from an adjacent county. Watch a minor league baseball game, stay for the fireworks. Here is an old clip from a previous fireworks show after a Slammers game on 7/4/14.

Sunday, July 4th

City of Joliet Fourth of July Fireworks. This fireworks show is the best in the area every year. However, the fireworks show will not be at Joliet Memorial Stadium for the first time in seventy years. The City of Joliet Fourth of July Fireworks will be held in the parking lot of Joliet Junior College (JJC). The gates will open at 6 PM CST with the fireworks beginning at 9:15 PM CST.

Although this show will have a tailgating type atmosphere before the fireworks, grilling and alcohol are prohibited for the event at JJC. The gates will also close at 9 PM CST, so if you are late, then you are not getting past the gate. The change in venue is sort of a downer, but the fireworks show will definitely be worth it if you decide to go.

New Lenox Independence Day Celebration. The Independence Day Celebration will be held at New Lenox Village Commons from 6 PM CST to 10 PM CST. The fireworks will commence at 9:30 PM CST. At the celebration, you will be able to hear the Joliet American Legion Band before the fireworks go off. Actually, this event might be the one to go to since the Joliet American Legion Band will not be playing at the City of Joliet Fireworks show.

Tinley Park Fourth of July Celebration. The Fourth of July Celebration will be held at McCarthy Park in Tinley Park. The festivities will be from 6 PM CST until 9:30 PM CST. Out of all the events listed, the one in Tinley Park will have the best music with Libido Funk Circus performing from 6:30 PM CST until 9 PM CST. Libido Funk Circus is one of the best cover bands in the Midwest. Plus, you also will be able to see fireworks after the concert.

Ottawa 4th of July Fireworks. The 4th of July Fireworks in Ottawa has one of the most unique settings at dusk because you can see them either from the bleachers at Ottawa High School or along the Illinois and the Fox Rivers.

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