There are few better times of the year than the Fourth of July in Champaign-Urbana. If you are looking for information on Fourth of July celebrations or other things to do on the holiday with your family, check out our Fourth of July activity guide and our Fourth of July fireworks guide.
What else do you need to know about the Fourth of July in Champaign-Urbana? Independence Day is a federal and state holiday, as well as state and university, meaning that it is one of those rare days where all government entities close in Champaign-Urbana. Of course, this year the 4th falls on a Sunday, so none of those things really come into play. That also complicates matters. When the 4th is on a Sunday, the following day is considered the official federal holiday for government purposes.
So let’s review what’s open and closed on the 4th and 5th of July this year:
Here’s what we know to be open:
Grocery stores, most major big box stores, many national retailers and chain restaurants/fast food. Some grocery stores may have altered hours.
Market Place Shopping Center is open as is Outlets at Tuscola, both with normal Sunday hours.
Swimming pools: Yep, all of the outdoor ones. Some may have special events or hours — check out the fun at Sholem Aquatic Center and Crystal Lake Aquatic Center.
We’ve listed what we know to be CLOSED on the 4th (and the 5th where noted):
Government offices: Federal, state, county and city administrative offices closed. These offices are closed on the 5th as well.
Postal service: All post offices will be closed. No mail will be delivered. Closed on the 5th as well.
Courts: Federal, state and county closed on both the 4th and 5th.
Banks: Closed on both days. The New York Stock Exchange is closed on the 5th.
Libraries: All are closed.
Transit: No CUMTD bus service. Amtrak operates as usual.
University of Illinois: “Closed.” (Well, as closed as it gets.) The university does observe Independence Day on the 5th this year.
Parking: As a city and University of Illinois holiday, metered parking in Champaign and Urbana is free on July 4; the parking decks in downtown Champaign and Urbana are also free. Beware that parking might be restricted due to fireworks (or on parade routes in towns holding them).
Museums: All are closed on July 4.