Everyone enjoys chiming in with the "Ooh, Ahh" chorus during a Fourth of July firework show, but it's not always easy knowing where the shows will be, or how to choose which to attend.
If you're searching for an Independence Day celebration, here's a list of events and firework shows in nearby communities:
The Combined Veterans of Berwyn, including the Italian American War Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion Post 256 and the Cicero-Berwyn Viet Now chapter will perform flag raising ceremonies at a total of 13 locations throughout Berwyn beginning at about 6 a.m. on Fourth of July.
The group will begin at Morton West High School at about 6 a.m. where they will perform a "Call to Colors" accompanied by the bugle and raise flags. A nine-gun rifle salute will also be given.
The ceremony will then be repeated at the Berwyn Public Library, Proksa Park, The Berwyn Recreation Department facility, the Berwyn Police Department, the Liberty Center, the Berwyn Health Department, Berwyn City Hall, Serenity Park, Mraz Park, Proksa Park, Berwyn Firehouse No. 2, the North Berwyn Park District facility, VFW Post 2378, and Commodore Barry American Legion Post, where the playing of "Taps" will conclude the event at about 7:45 a.m.
Brookfield will hold their annual parade and Party in the Park on Fourth of July. The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. at Grand Boulevard and Garfield Avenue, and continues along Garfield to Brookfield Avenue before ending at Village Hall. Due to construction at Kiwanis Park, this year's Party in the Park will be held in Elhert Park at Congress Park and Elm avenues. The fun begins at 1 p.m. with a performance by rock band Strung Out, followed by performances by Heartland Star from 3 to 4:30 p.m. and the winner of Brookfield's Battle of the Bands from 5 to 6 p.m.
The annual Independence Day Celebration will return to Burr Ridge this Thursday.
Hosted by the Pleasant Dale Park District, the family event will begin at 5:30 p.m. with food, non-alcoholic drinks and fireworks. $5 parking will also be available.
The celebration will be held at Walker Park, located at Wolf Road and 75th Street.
A second holiday event to enjoy will be the 14th annual Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast at Walker Recreation Center.
The breakfast, hosted by Boy Scout Troop 69, will be from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. For $6 per person, the menu includes pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage, egg strata, fruit, orange juice, coffee and more.
For more information on either event, visit www.pleasantdaleparks.org.
Forest Park with hold their Independence Day celebration on Thursday. There are no fireworks, but festivities will include food, music and games. At 5 p.m., the food court will open and kids can play games until 8 p.m. Chicago area band, Circle of Fifths, will perform from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. playing classic rock favorites.
From 8:30 to 10:30 p.m., The Redmond's will play everything from Patsy Cline and Johnny Cash to the Civil Wars and the Lumineers. The Redmond's perform as an acoustic duo and feature the impeccable harmonies of Forest Park's Mike and Katie Redmond, but will also feature a full band.
Hinsdale Hinsdale has two Independence Day celebrations for families to enjoy. Kicking off the patriotic holiday is the annual parade at 10 a.m. on the Fourth of July.
The parade, beginning at Sixth and Garfield streets, will travel north on Garfield to First Street, West on First to Grant Street and south on Grant to Sixth Street.
Following the parade, will be the Family Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Burlington Park festival, at 19 E. Chicago Ave., will feature an art and craft fair, face painting, carnival games, the West Suburban Concert Band and more.
For more information, contact the recreation department at 630-789-7090.
The La Grange Country Club, 620 S. Brainard Ave., will host its annual Fourth of July celebration a day early.
The fireworks show will begin at about 9:30 p.m. on Thursday and can be viewed from Waiola Park, at 47th Street and Waiola Avenue, for those without a country club membership.
Lyons will hold their annual parade and fireworks display on the Fourth of July. The parade starts at 1 p.m. at 46th Street and Joliet Avenue, which will then head down Joliet, ending just north of the Lyons Fire Department. A kids party will be held at Smith and Veterans Park from 7 to 9 p.m. Fireworks will follow at dusk, at about 9:15 p.m. The Lyons fireworks display attracts a crowd, so the village recommends getting there early to secure a spot. For more information, visit www.villageoflyons-il.net.
A nearby holiday celebration to visit will be The Taste of Oak Brook, held from 4 to 9 p.m. Thursday. The Taste includes food, entertainment, kids activities and fireworks at dusk.
The fest will be held at Oak Brook Sports Core Grounds, 700 Oak Brook Road. Parking will be available on-site for $10 per vehicle.
For more information, visit www.oak-brook.org.
Oak Brook Terrace
The annual Independence Day Celebration will return to the city of Oak Brook Terrace this Fourth of July with an annual picnic, concert and fireworks.
Hosted at Terrace View Park, 1 Parkview Plaza, the day begins at 3 p.m. with a firework show at 9:30 p.m.
The picnic and rides, from 3 to 6 p.m. and bingo, from 6 to 7 p.m. are for residents only, but everyone is welcome for the 8 p.m. concert followed by fireworks.
A fireworks display begins at dusk in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School, near East Avenue and Lake Street.
The annual Independence Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m. Friday from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street. The parade marches north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue.
Riverside's Fourth of July activities actually begin on Thursday. The village will host its annual Concert in the Park beginning at 6 p.m. Main act, the Brat Pack, will perform at 6:30 p.m. Food, drinks and music can be enjoyed through 10 p.m. On Fourth of July, the celebration continues with the 36th annual 5K race. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. sharp. Pre-registration is held from 6:30 to 7:15 a.m. The village's annual parade begins at 8:45 a.m. beginning at Big Ball Park before heading down Longcommon through downtown Riverside to Guthrie Park. After the parade, stay at Guthrie Park for a car show, food and fun.
The village of Westchester is inviting residents, businesses and visitors to attend their annual Fourth of July parade.
Beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, the parade will start at Mayfair and Dorchester avenues.
For more information, contact the village at 708-345-0020.