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A Lasting Tradition: the Top 3 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays Near Kelmscott Park

A Lasting Tradition: the Top 3 Fourth of July Fireworks Displays Near Kelmscott Park

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Experience a Timeless Moment

Tradition is important, and whether you are starting a new one or carrying it on year after year, there is something about the perfect day shared with family and friends.

The cool breeze tickles your skin from Lake Michigan, blankets unroll, chairs unfold, and people relax, laughing and playing in the summer sun. Picnic baskets and grills abound with food creating an overflow of juicy fruit, thick potato salad, and sizzling entrees. 

Drinks are ice cold poured from coolers. Beer flows from kegs in the beer garden. You can feel the sunlight dancing on your skin. Laughter and shouts of play echo through the park. Today, everything is as it should be. Then, suddenly…


The night sky explodes in vibrant colors of blues, whites, and reds, showcasing a fantastic display of sparks, and you can hear and smell the explosions booming in the distance.

You stare in wonder as rockets whizz, crackle, and spiral, placing a brilliant picture of light in the dark sky. Life is beautiful as hundreds of people stop what they are doing to look skyward.

This sets the stage for one of our most celebrated American holidays and events – 

Fourth of July Fireworks!

Here at Kelmscott Park Apartments we have put together a list of the best fireworks displays near Lake Forest, Illinois, to ensure you have a wonderful time this Fourth of July.

Links to our favorite local shows are listed below, so break out that lawn chair and sit back to enjoy the best fireworks displays our area has to offer:

  1. Lake Forest’s Very Own Fireworks Display

Spend your Independence Day right here in our local community! Our 14th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks is blasting off on Sunday, July 4th at Deerpath Community Park. We will host musical headliner 16 Candles and opener Hello Weekend. After the concert, enjoy the greatest fireworks display on the North Shore set to a playlist of patriotic music. Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40pm. Buy tickets at the link above!

  1. Waukegan Harbor and Marina Fireworks

If you want to be right on Lake Michigan for the fireworks show, head north to Waukegan Harbor and Marina. Fireworks are launched by the commercial dock, and the event is open to the public. Get there early to find a spot, as the event starts promptly at 9pm.

  1. Lincolnshire Red, White, and BOOM! Celebration

If it’s a river setting you desire, head inland for the Lincolnshire Festival held on the Des Plaines River and Spring Lake Park (49 Oxford Dr, Lincolnshire). The 39th annual 5k Race benefiting the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire starts at 8am, with the parade to follow at 11am. From 4:30pm to 8:30pm, there will be live music, a car show, bingo, as well as other games, food, and beverages. The main event will be held at 9:30pm when the fireworks ignite.

For an ongoing list of other Fourth of July shows and events in the Chicago area, check out the Chicago Tribune’s article on where to see fireworks here.

Leave us a comment if you have questions or know of other displays in the area!

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