A Timeless Moment
Tradition at Vernon Hills is important, and we want to fully immerse you in the celebrations this Fourth of July.
Imagine the scene: a cool breeze drifts across your skin from Lake Michigan, chairs unfold, and people kick back and relax, taking in the beauty under the summer sun. Ice cold coolers and grills abound with food creating an overflow of juicy fruit, thick potato salad, and delicious entrees.
Drinks are poured from frosty coolers. Beer and wine flows from kegs in the beer garden. You can actually feel the sunlight dancing on your face. Laughter and exclamations of joy echo through the park. Today, everything is as it should be. Then, suddenly…
The gorgeous Illinois sky explodes in brilliant shades of blue, red, and yellow, showcasing a fantastic display of light, where you can hear and smell the explosions in the distance.
You get lost in a state of wonder as rockets swirl, spark, and spiral, creating a brilliant picture of light in the dark sky. Life is suspended in this moment, and hundreds of people stop what they are doing to look skyward.
This extravagant scene is one of our most celebrated American events –
Fourth of July Fireworks!
At Vernon Hills we strive to give you the best experience possible, so we have put together a list of the best fireworks displays near Lake Forest, Illinois. We hope you enjoy your Fourth!
Links to local shows we love are listed below, so break out the shades and sit back and enjoy the best fireworks displays our area has to offer:
Just down the road, in the trees and fields along Lake Michigan, the 14th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks is setting off on Sunday, July 4th in Deerpath Community Park. Musical headliner 16 Candles and opener Hello Weekend will provide live music. Later, enjoy the greatest fireworks display on the North Shore synced with a playlist of patriotic music. Gates open at 5pm and the fireworks will begin around 9:40pm. Buy tickets with the link above!
If you are looking for something more inland, the 2021 Mundelein Community Days Festival will take place July 2-5 at Kracklauer Park (116 N. Lake St). Live Bands, a carnival with games and vendors, and fireworks launch at 9:30pm on July 4th. More information will be provided as the date approaches.
Finally, for a river setting, the Lincolnshire festival on the Des Plaines River at Spring Lake Park (49 Oxford Dr, Lincolnshire) is sure to be wonderful this year. The 39th annual 5k Race sponsoring the Rotary Club of Lincolnshire is at 8am, with the parade at 11am. From 4:30pm to 8:30pm, live music, a car show, bingo, as well as other games, food, and beverages will entertain. The fireworks show will be at 9:30pm.
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!