The Fourth of July is coming — and with it arrives a ton of fun family-friendly events in and around Champaign-Urbana, from Paxton to Monticello to Rantoul to Seymour to Tuscola to Danville.
This list comprises events that include parades, craft days, festivals, fireworks and more. (For your convenience, we have a fireworks-only list too – and a list of what is open and closed on the Fourth of July.)
In Champaign-Urbana and beyond, marking Independence Day means more than a week of celebrations. So don’t be surprised to see that a lot of this Fourth of July revelry actually takes place on days other than the actual holiday.
But hey – why limit the celebrations to just one day? That seems to be the mantra throughout East Central Illinois.
Thank you to Biggby Coffee in Champaign for sponsoring the 2019 Champaign-Urbana Area Fourth of July Events guide.
Biggby Coffee has solutions for the hot summer from their Mint Chip Freeze, $1.99 ice coffee, and all natural avocado banana berry smoothie. Also, now order *AND* pay on their Facebook Page – they’ll run it out to your car as well! Love bacon? They have an all new Avocado, Bacon and Cheddar Sandwich – amazing!
Find Biggby Coffee at 401 S. Mattis Ave. in Champaign, right at the intersection of Springfield and Mattis.
With the Fourth of July on a Thursday this year, celebrations will be going strong for over a week before and after the big day. Don’t miss your favorite event – put it on your calendar today.
The best news: many of these events are completely free, and any admission prices are indicated where applicable.
Enjoy your Fourth of July, Champaign-Urbana!
Saturday, June 26, 2021
Tolono Fun Days at West Side Park
Time: All Day
408 Holden street , Tolono
From the Tolono Fun Days organizers: We are currently planning our event for June 25th and 26th pending the state of Illinois moving to phase 5 in time for everything to be coordinated. If we aren’t in phase 5 in time for our June date, we plan on pushing things…read more…
Arthur's Freedom Celebration and Fireworks at Jurgens Park
Time: 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Rt. 133 and S. Vine, Arthur
Arthur’s famous fireworks display is planning a return for 2021!
Friday, July 2, 2021
Villa Grove Freedom Celebration at Villa Grove Richman Park
Time: 3:00 pm - 10:00 pm
S Sycamore St, Villa Grove
Fun for the entire family! Fireworks at dusk, inflatables, concessions, bike parade, live music, and car show.
Sunday, July 4, 2021
4th of July Celebration at Crystal Lake Park Family Aquatic Center
Time: 11:00 am - 8:00 pm
1401 N Broadway Ave, Urbana
There will be give-aways, a cannon ball contest, and a wall climbing contest! Open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Regular admission rates apply.
4th of July Swim at Sholem Aquatic Center
Time: 11:00 am - 7:00 pm
2205 Sangamon Drive, Champaign
July 4 @ 11:00 am - 7:00 pm Water your plans for the 4th of July? They plan to be keepin’ it cool at Sholem pool – and you’re invited! Regular admission rates apply. Questions: email@example.com or 217-398-2581
Champaign County Freedom Celebration Fireworks at Memorial Stadium
Time: 9:15 pm - 10:00 pm
1402 S. First St., Champaign
4th of July Fireworks!