BOOM! Champaign-Urbana loves fireworks, especially around the Fourth of July. That’s why we’ve created this pocket guide to upcoming Champaign-Urbana area fireworks displays on or around the Fourth of July. Fireworks for days and days!
There are some spectacular fireworks displays put up all around the Champaign-Urbana area. Some of the favorite spots to watch fireworks include Arthur’s Independence Day Freedom Celebration (the Saturday before the Fourth) and the Champaign-Urbana Freedom Celebration (actually on the Fourth).
This year, with the Fourth of July on a Thursday, your family could watch fireworks almost every day of the week leading up to it.
If you are looking for a more extensive guide to Fourth of July events all over the Champaign-Urbana area including parades, festivals, and more, check out our Fourth of July activity guide. We also have a list of what is open and closed on the Fourth of July here.
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REMINDER: find a more extensive guide to Fourth of July events all over the Champaign-Urbana area including parades, festivals, and more, in our Fourth of July activity guide. Seeking more summer fun, including pools and more? Check out our Summer Fun Guide.
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Saybrook Stars and Stripes Celebration: Fireworks at dusk conclude this day of fun, which include bounce houses, a dunk tank, touch-a-truck and more.
Farmer City Raceway: Fan Appreciation Night. Includes full show and fireworks. General admission is $5.
Arthur’s Freedom Celebration and Fireworks: One of the biggest fireworks displays in central Illinois. Beginning at approximately 9:30pm, a continuous, 27 minute barrage of thousands of aerial displays including some of the biggest shells available in the country fill the night sky, all timed to music simulcast on 106.7 FM/The Fox.Other crowd favorites include the 500 foot long “Wall of Fire”and the 500 foot long “Niagra Falls” display. And when the “Rural Patriot” makes his ride across 500 feet or more of flowing ground displays, people cheer.
Tolono Fun Day: West Side Park. Parade at 11 a.m., fireworks at 9:15 p.m. Free.
Gifford Community Celebration: There will be fireworks at dusk in Werner Roessler Park. Free.
Rantoul Freedom Celebration: Fun activities for kids (including the pool open for FREE from 4-9pm) and end with fireworks at dusk.
Monticello Freedom Fest: Annual fireworks, food and fun festival at Lodge Park. Wrap up the evening with this annual spectacular fireworks show! Free admission. Make the night extra simple and take the train or the shuttle to the fireworks!
Fisher Fireworks: Fireworks will take place at the Fisher Fairgounds at dusk. Check out the Nerf Wars happening before, too!
Champaign County Freedom Celebration: The evening’s festivities begin at 7 p.m. with musical entertainment on the main stage which will be located along Kirby Ave between First & Oak Streets. There will also be children’s activities (bounce house/inflatables). Parking is available in the State Farm Center and Activities and Recreation Center (ARC) parking lots. Following the music, at around 9:10 p.m., there will be some announcements & presentations. After the announcements, there will be the singing of our National Anthem, an invocation, and then the retiring of our nations flag by a color guard. Immediately following, the always entertaining fireworks display.
Freedom Fest, Lake of the Woods, Mahomet: Kids’ activities, food, live entertainment, fireworks at dusk. Admission is $2 per person, with children 5 and under free. Military persons with ID get in free.
Sibley Area 4th of July: Enjoy activities all day long and wrap up the celebration with fireworks over Lake Sibley.
Paxton’s July 4th Celebration: Enjoy daytime activities at Pells Park like a bounce house, face-painting, and watermelon eating contest. Head to Bixby Park in the evening for fireworks, food and more fun!
Homer July 4th Celebration: Near Village Hall. Parade at 6 pm. and fireworks at dusk. Free.
Oakwood Fourth of July Celebration: Parade at 11 and activities at the park begin at 4:30pm. Fireworks at dusk. Take the provided shuttle to and from the park!
Tuscola Sparks in the Park: A full day of activities including a 5K, parade at 10 am, children’s activities at 11am including new this year Ninja Extreme Course, live music and fireworks at dusk at Ervin Park.
Danville Boat Club Thunder Over Lake Vermillion: Fireworks Celebration with a huge aerial display! $5 admission to grounds, kids 10 and under free. At Dusk
Villa Grove Freedom Festival: Fireworks at dusk at Richman Park.
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