Fourth of July

What Fourth of July Means to Me – Home and Business Decorating Contest

Due to low enrollment, this contest has been cancelled.

What Fourth of July Means to me logoWhat Fourth of July Means to Me – Kids Bike Decorating Contest

Thanks to all who participated in this year's "What Fourth of July Means to Me" Kids Decorating Contest! 🇺🇸🚲 These kids did an incredible job! And thank you to Elgin Community Bikes for ranking all the submissions! Prizes were awarded collectively based on "family unit" submission and ALL submissions have been acknowledged! See prizes below.

🥇First prize: Sharon Gutierrez - One free week of summer camp with Elgin Parks and Recreation

🥈Second Prize: Renea Jones Ree - Five pool passes and a $15 gift certificate (see below)

🥉Third Prize: Julia Bero Smith - Five pool passes

🏅Honorable Mentions: Ale RomeManri, Jen Gordon; Caitlin Bridget; Jorge n Sara Cruz; Tanya Meyers-Hernandez; Sara Luck; Dianha Ortega-Ehreth; [IG winners] @Baldock.b; @Maryjamaica1989; @micelicherin - $15 gift certificate (see below)

🎖Mentions: Julia McGraw; Carina Sanchez; Julia McClendon; Sue Lane Campbell - Elgin Community Bikes water bottle

ℹ️ Prize winners: You will be contacted by private message with instructions of how to pick up your prize! If you won a gift certificate, be prepared to let us know which of the following local establishments you prefer: Mama Lee’s Popcorn, Fanny’s Thai Roll Ice Cream or Cook’s Sweet Boutique. 

👀 Want to see all the bikes (and scooter)? Check out all the submissions by searching #bikefourth on Facebook and Instagram!

Fourth of July Fireworks

Elgin is presenting a Fourth of July fireworks display at Festival Park on Sunday, July 4. Unlike previous years’ events, this summer’s fireworks display will not have any supporting entertainment or other amenities. This event will simply be an opportunity for persons to gather in Festival Park and other nearby locations for viewing. The fireworks display is scheduled to begin between 9:15-9:30 p.m. and will be lasting 20-30 minutes.

Spectators are encouraged to bring blankets, chairs and bug spray to view the fireworks display. 

Food and drink vendors will not be available. Spectators should bring snacks and refreshments to the park. Coolers are permitted, but no alcohol is allowed. Due to the expected high temperatures on July 4th, spectators are encouraged to bring water with them to the park. Please consider patronizing one of our many downtown Elgin restaurants and other businesses.

Sparklers and other fireworks are not permitted in Festival Park. 

Masks and social distancing are encouraged, especially for those not fully vaccinated, but not required. In addition to Festival Park, the fireworks display will be viewable from several other public property areas such as the Riverside Drive Promenade.

Event Street Closures and Parking Restrictions:

• No parking on S. Grove Ave., from Prairie St. to Lake St. and on Riverside Drive from Prairie St. to Chicago St. on Sunday, July 4th, 2021

• S. Grove Ave. closed to traffic from Prairie St. to Lake St. from 3:00 p.m. to midnight on Sunday, July 4th.

• National St. closed to traffic from Villa St. to Rt. 31, including the National Street bridge, from 3:00 p.m.-11:00 p.m. Residents in apartments south of the Grand Victoria Casino can exit eastbound onto National St., and Metra patrons can exit westbound onto National St.

• Barricades will be placed on various downtown streets, including Riverside Dr., during the fireworks show to prevent vehicle access into populated city streets. Late arriving vehicles will be directed to outlying city lots.

• Free parking is available at public lots and parking decks. View a map at

• Accessible parking is available in the parking lot located on the northwest corner of Prairie St. and S. Grove Ave. for persons with a valid disability placard or plate. Please adhere to posted parking restrictions. Visit to view downtown parking map.

Elgin Fireworks

Fourth of July Parade

There will not be the traditional Fourth of July Parade this year, but alternative activities are planned. Please see the contests listed below.