Fourth of July

July 4, 2022 Update — Concert and Fireworks Cancelled

The City of Elgin is cancelling tonight's Fourth of July celebrations at Festival Park (concert and fireworks) in response to the unfavorable weather conditions. The Elgin community also joins in grieving today's tragic shooting in Highland Park.

Elgin's celebration will be rescheduled to another date late summer. A new date and details will be shared soon.

Fourth of July Parade, Concert, and Fireworks

The City of Elgin is excited to celebrate the Fourth of July with a parade, concert and fireworks, all occurring on Monday, July 4. This year's theme is "There is No Place Like Home" in conjunction with the Gail Borden Public Library's summer reading program.

Food trucks suited for various tastes will be parked on Grove street adjacent to Festival Park starting at 4:00 p.m. A free concert featuring Modern Day Romeos will take place at Festival Park, located at 132 S Grove Avenue at 7:00 p.m. 

This all-day event will end with a vibrant fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:20 p.m. and lasting approximately 20-30 minutes.

Parade Information 

Date: Monday, July 4, 2022

Volunteers: Volunteers are to arrive at the meeting location no later than 6:15 a.m. for volunteer registration, t-shirt distribution, orientation and materials. Location TBD. Orientation starts promptly at 6:30 a.m. 


Gates Open for Parade Participants: 7:00 a.m. Douglas, Brook, and Grove Gates open 


Start time and location: 9:00 a.m. intersection Douglas and Slade  


Finish time and location: Estimated ~12:00 p.m. intersection Douglas and Highland, near City Hall


Parade road closures: Road closure preparations begin at 6:00 a.m. with roads officially being closed at 8:00 a.m. Click here to view the parade staging map.

Cars parked on these streets on July 4 after 6 a.m. will be towed:  

  • N. Grove Ave. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.  
  • Brook St. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd. 
  • River Bluff Rd. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave. 
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to Chicago St. 

Vehicle disbandment route: Highland West to Route 31 (State Street) 


Day-of assistance: Parade volunteers, including Parade Ambassadors, will be wearing a white t-shirt with the parade theme and logo “There Is No Place Like Home” (as seen in the slideshow below) and will have maps to help the public find rest rooms, approximate location of their favorite group, location to get medical treatment, etc. 


Parking: All parking in Downtown Elgin is free, however, with street closures taking place for the parade, we advise that you arrive early. Besides the ample amount of street parking (even with the closed streets), Downtown Elgin offers plenty of free parking in lots and decks throughout the downtown area.  

  • Centre parking Garage at the corner of Symphony Way and Douglas Ave 
  • Spring street Garage at the corner of Spring St. & Highland Ave 
  • Fulton Street Garage at the corner of Fulton St. & Spring St. 
  • Library Lot will be open (parking will be restricted)

Shuttle buses: Shuttle buses will be located at the parking lot located at 200 S. Grove and are available to transport parade participants to their assigned gates for staging.  


After the parade: After the parade, head to Downtown Elgin and enjoy a meal or drink at one of our local restaurants. Take some time to explore the wonderful public art scattered around town. Enjoy a visit to Festival Park and take a walk along the Fox River. Shop some of our fun local boutiques and retail destination shops. To learn more and plan your visit, head over to to read about some of our newest shops and restaurants, like in those found in the blog “Getting to Know Downtown Elgin.

Food Trucks, Concert and Fireworks at Festival Park

Multiple food trucks for various tastes will be parked along Grove Street (from Prairie to Lake) starting at 4:00 p.m. The City of Elgin will host a 4th of July concert featuring Modern Day Romeos which will begin at approximately 7:00 p.m. All of the day’s festivities will finish with fireworks on the scenic Fox River, occurring at approximately 9:20 p.m. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs and coolers. No alcohol or pets will be permitted at Festival Park.

Downtown Street Closures

Grove Avenue (between Prairie and Lake) and National St (between Grove Ave and State St) will be closed beginning at 3:00 p.m. The National Street bridge will be closed to vehicles and pedestrians. This closure will be in effect until after the fireworks show and cleanup has concluded, around 11:00 p.m.

More Questions or Comments: For any further questions, please contact the Elgin 311 Contact Center by calling 311 or email our events staff at