BOOM! Champaign-Urbana loves fireworks, especially around the Fourth of July. That’s why we’ve created this list of Champaign-Urbana area fireworks displays around July 4. Fireworks for days and days!
Spectacular fireworks displays go up all around the Champaign-Urbana area. Some of our favorite shows to watch include Arthur’s Independence Day Freedom Celebration (the Saturday before the Fourth) and the Champaign County Freedom Celebration (actually on the Fourth).
This year, with the Fourth of July on a Tuesday and many options on Monday, July 3, your family could watch fireworks all weekend long.
HOWEVER, the weather and/or poor air quality may affect scheduled shows — be sure to confirm with the organizers before heading out to any fireworks show, in case of postponement/cancellation.
If you are looking for a more extensive resource of Fourth of July events all over the Champaign-Urbana area including parades, festivals, and more, check out our Fourth of July events. We have a list of what is open and closed on the Fourth of July, too.
Thanks to CU Dentists, Ltd. for presenting this list.
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All 2023 fireworks displays are free unless otherwise noted.
Horizon RC Fest: Night air show and fireworks at 8 p.m.
Tolono Fun Day: Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.
Freedom Fest in Mahomet: “Light Up the Lake” with fireworks at Lake of the Woods. Music begins at 4 p.m. with fireworks at 9 p.m. Admission is $2 per person, with children 5 and under free.
Farmer City Raceway: Fan Appreciation Night. Includes full show and fireworks. General admission is $5.
Farmer City Raceway will be closed 6/30 due to storm damage; fireworks are postponed to a later date.
Villa Grove Freedom Celebration: Fire department touch-a-truck, kids’ activity table, a patriotic bike parade and fireworks at dusk.
rthur’s Freedom Celebration and Fireworks: One of the biggest fireworks displays in central Illinois. In years past, there has been live music and fireworks to follow. The fireworks can be viewed from many areas around Arthur for free. Be prepared for heavy traffic before and after the show. Due to potential for severe weather, Arthur Fireworks have been postponed to July 2. Danville Boat Club Thunder Over Lake Vermillion: Fireworks celebration on the lake! Doors open at 5 p.m., music begins at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks at dusk. In 2021, admission was $5 per person (children 10 and under free).
Danville Boat Club fireworks are postponed to July 15.
Gifford Community Celebration: All-day celebration concluding with fireworks at dusk.
Oakwood Fourth of July Celebration: Fun all day and fireworks at dusk.
Arcola Fourth of July Fireworks Display:Drive-in style fireworks display at dusk. The Arcola fireworks have been rescheduled for July 9.
Arthur’s Freedom Celebration and Fireworks: One of the biggest fireworks displays in central Illinois. In years past, there has been live music and fireworks to follow. The fireworks can be viewed from many areas around Arthur for free. Be prepared for heavy traffic before and after the show. Originally scheduled for July 1, this show will now be attempted on July 2, per press release on the Arthur Fireworks Facebook page.
Rantoul Freedom Celebration: Fun activities for families that 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. There are also options to take the train or take a shuttle to the fireworks that evening.
Fisher Fireworks and Food Trucks: There will be food trucks from 5-8 p.m. with fireworks at dusk. Held at the Fisher Fairgrounds.
Champaign Country Club Independence Day Fireworks – Spectators Not Allowed on Club Property: The Champaign Country Club requires that spectators view the show from north of the split rail fence along Armory or from public spaces in surrounding neighborhoods. Fireworks at dusk.
Champaign County Freedom Celebration: Fireworks will be happening around 9:15 p.m this year, at the University of Illinois lot E-14. They will be visible from many locations around campus.
Bellflower: Full day of activities with fireworks at dusk and FREE ice cream!
Bement Fourth of July: Games all day, parade at 2 p.m., activities at Forest Preserve Park to follow. Fireworks at dusk.
Homer Freedom & Music Festival: Full day of activities and entertainment, with fireworks returning to end the celebration this year!
Paxton’s July 4th Celebration: 5K in the morning, activities throughout the day and fireworks at dusk. Paxton fireworks are postponed to a later date.
Seymour: Fireworks at dusk.
Sibley Area 4th of July: Enjoy activities all day long and wrap up the celebration with fireworks over Lake Sibley.
Clinton: Fireworks at dusk.
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