2021 July 4th Fireworks Shows in McHenry County

Who’s ready to celebrate?! Perhaps like no other time in most of our lifetimes, this year’s 4th of July celebrations are a marker in time. After this last year, this Independence Day is a monumental milestone to the challenges we have faced over the last year.

So bring on the July 4th fireworks!

As June flies by and you find yourself sitting at your computer or tapping into your phone the ever-important words for July…“fireworks show near me,” look no further as we’ve pulled together the what’s and where’s of McHenry County fireworks displays.

Below you’ll find, by date, the list of July 4th fireworks shows, including city, date, opening time, location, and links to more detailed information. Keep in mind that these kinds of events are highly subject to change, so be sure to visit the links we provide for the most up-to-date information.

We’d love to add more fireworks shows and appreciate any help you can provide. If we’ve missed any or you learn of other fireworks shows within McHenry County (or city spanning the county border), please let us know! Thanks!

Some of these shows are part of larger festivals, so also be sure to check their websites for more details on other dates and festivities.

2021 July 4th Fireworks Celebrations

Crystal Lake Fireworks & Concert (In conjunction with The Dole’s Lakeside Festival)

Date: 7/4/21
Day: Saturday
City: Crystal Lake
Location: Crystal Lake Main Beach
Address: 300 Lakeshore Dr, Crystal Lake, IL 60014
Time: 9 am
Notes: Main Beach admissions, $5 admissions per person after 2:30 pm. Just one part of the 4 day festival.

Information: Crystal Lake Fireworks & Concert, McHenry Life Listing,
Lakeside Festival, McHenry Life Event Listing

Celebrate Fox Lake

Date: 7/3/21
Day: Saturday
City: Fox Lake
Location: Lakefront Park
Address: 71 Nippersink Blvd, Fox Lake, IL 60020
Time: 4:00 pm
Notes: Free admission

Phone: 224-225-1404
Information: Celebrate Fox Lake

Red White & Blue Food Truck FEASTival

Date: 7/3/21
Day: Saturday
City: Harvard
Location: Milky Way Park
Address: 300 Lawrence Rd, Harvard, IL 60033
Time: 2:00 pm
Notes: Free admission & parking

Phone: 815-451-1770
Information: Red White & Blue Food Truck FEASTival

Independence Day Fireworks Show

Date: 7/4/21 (rain date 7/5)
Day: Sunday
City: Huntley
Location: Deicke Park
Address: 11419 IL-47, Huntley, IL 60142
Time: 9:30 pm (or after when dark enough)
Notes: Huntley Community Radio: holding its Party in the Park beginning at 6:00 p.m. Live broadcast from Deicke Park, games for kids, & contests.
Food Trucks: the Park District will have a food truck and Kona Ice on site starting at about 6-6:30 pm.
Everyone is invited to bring a picnic and enjoy the park.

Information: Independence Day Fireworks Show

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BONUS: Top 20 Tips

  • Check weather and details on the day of for any critical changes.
  • Be aware of what is and isn’t allowed: food, drink, alcohol, glass, coolers, grills, lawn chairs, wagons, sparklers, etc.
  • If beverages are allowed, bring more water than you think you’ll need, and pre-freeze some bottles or jugs if you will be there throughout the afternoon.
  • Compact but satisfying snacks…granola bars, a bag of almonds, etc.
  • Napkins and wet wipes.
  • Check ahead of time on fees: admission, parking, per person or by vehicle, cash or card, discounts, etc.
  • Be aware of entrances and exits, both people and vehicles, and traffic routes; especially as these may not be the same as normal operations.
  • Bring some compact umbrellas for emergency sunshade.
  • Wide, all-around brim hats can provide great sun protection where you may need it most…your head and face.
  • Lots of suntan lotion and bug spray.
  • Pack a couple of pocket flashlights, which especially for small children, can help be seen as well as see.
  • Dress in light colors, which help reduce the sun’s heat but also add visibility when it turns dark.
  • Make sure your devices are well charged ahead of time.
  • Think about how you can use wheels…if coolers are allowed and you have one on wheels, what can you strap to it? Have an old foldup luggage dolly?
  • Wheels aside, consider what you are willing to carry if you have to carry things that you had planned to roll, and how far you might have to carry them…perhaps two chairs and a couple of blankets are better than eight chairs!
  • Books or small toys to occupy the little ones.
  • Room for a board game? Great opportunity for everyone to put their phones away for some quality family time as you wait for the sun to go down.
  • Earplugs, especially for the little ones, but really, for everyone.
  • White kitchen trash bags…because it’s just not that hard to pick up after ourselves and they provide added visibility when you are walking out.
  • Plan to stick around a while. Bring a lantern to light up a gameboard or pull up a video on your phone or tablet as you wait for people to clear out.

Spring Grove 4th of July

Date: 7/4/21
Day: Sunday
City: Spring Grove
Location: Thelen Park
Address: 8516 Winn Rd, Spring Grove, IL 60081
Time: Dusk
Notes: $10 parking at Horse Fair Park, Spring Grove Park, & Thelen Park

Information: Spring Grove 4th of July

Woodstock Annual 4th of July Firework Display

Date: 7/4/21
Day: Sunday
City: Woodstock
Location: Emricson Park
Address: 1313 Kishwaukee Valley Rd, Woodstock, IL 60098
Time: 5:00 pm
Notes: Parking fee; use South Street entrance

Information: Woodstock Annual 4th of July Firework Display

Fox River Grove Fireworks

Date: 7/10/21
Day: Saturday
City: Fox River Grove
Location: Picnic Grove Park
Address: 598 Birch Ln, Fox River Grove, IL 60021
Time: 5:30 pm
Notes: Free admission. Free shuttle buses.

Phone: 847-639-3170
Information: Fox River Grove Fireworks

Pistakee Bay Fireworks

Date: 7/10/21
Day: Saturday
City: Johnsburg
Location: Pistakee Bay
Address: Johnsburg, IL 60051
Time: Dusk
Notes: Donations accepted (see information link below).

Phone: 815-385-9872
Information: Pistakee Bay Fireworks

Reminder, all information is subject to change. We’ll do our best to add and update as we can, but we always encourage checking the specific sites for the most up to date information.

If you are connected with or manage any of the 4th of July Fireworks events here, please don’t hesitate to pass along more information that you would like us to include. We also invite you to add (or claim if it’s already been added) your event listing to our Events Calendar, where you can provide more detailed information, and edit & update your own listing anytime you need. Here is more information on adding your event today for FREE even!

July 4th fireworks over Crystal Lake.
Fireworks over Crystal Lake, 4th of July 2012

President and Founder of Identity Developments, LLC, the parent company of the McHenry Life website. My hope for McHenry Life is to create a resource and destination for the residents and businesses of McHenry County alike. A place where residents can discover new places to explore, fun events and ways to spend time, and then share those experiences with others. A place where businesses can connect with existing and potential customers, and not simply market their businesses, but share their own unique stories.

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