Nothing says summer quite like a 4th of July celebration, and in St. Charles, Illinois, there is going to be a fantastic firework show that is sure to leave you in awe. Here is everything you need to know about viewing the fireworks, and some more great ways that you can make the most of your Independence Day here in this city.
Photo Courtesy of the St. Charles Park District
This year, the fireworks will launch from a new location: Langum Park. Because of this move, the recommended spots to get a prime view of the fireworks are going to be on the South Side of downtown St. Charles, such as Mt. St. Mary Park or the open areas downtown near Prairie & Illinois Streets. As always, the sky-high display will begin once it gets dark - the sun is expected to set around 8:30pm, so be sure to get there before then! Trust us, you are not going to want to miss this bright, colorful festivity that has been a tradition in this town for many years.
Watch the Show at Mt. St. Mary Park
For the best view of the fireworks, secure your place at Mt. St. Mary Park. The St. Charles Park District is providing some special attractions at the park that will make this an incredible viewing spot. With an evening of music to listen to from 6:30pm-9:30pm, as well as food trucks to satisfy your appetite, this will be the ideal area to appreciate the show . Kona Ice will be there to help you cool off from the July heat with their thirst-quenching shaved ice. Need a bite to eat? Hippie Gourmet Grilled Cheese Co. has got you covered with their unbelievable grilled cheese sandwiches. If you're looking to be as bright as the fireworks in the sky, there will be Glow Zone novelties for purchase from 6pm-9pm, as well. Be sure to grab your spot early, as the picnic tables will be available on a first come, first served basis. Bringing your own lawn chairs and tables is encouraged.
Spend Some Time at Pottawatomie Park
Before heading over to Mt. St. Mary Park to grab your spot, be sure to take part in all the fun activities available at Pottawatomie Park! Miniature Golf, Paddlewheel Riverboat Cruises, Swanson Pool - and that's just the tip of the iceberg! Pottawatomie Park is a terrific place to have a picnic, and if you don't feel like packing your own food, you can grab a bite to eat at their refreshment stand, which will be open from 9am-7:30pm. As a reminder, kayak and pedal boat rentals won't be available on this day, and non-residents will be charged $10 for parking per vehicle.
Participate in the Great Western Freedom 4
Photos Courtesy of Lazarus House
Start your 4th of July off on the right foot by joining Lazarus House at the LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve for the Great Western Freedom 4! There are two different types of races you can choose to participate in: a 4-mile competitive run that starts at 8am, and a 2-mile scenic walk that starts right after the other race begins. Both races start at LeRoy Oakes Forest Preserve, and then travel down the Great Western Trail. Not only is this a perfect way to get a little bit of exercise in, but it's also for an amazing cause. Proceeds from the race will go to benefit Lazarus House - a non-profit in St. Charles that provides housing, food, and support for men, women, and children that are in need.
Pick Up a Campbell Creation's Charcuterie Board
If you're planning on hosting get together before the firework show, than you have to pick up a beautiful hand-crafted 4th of July charcuterie board from Campbell Creations. This is a noteworthy way to serve up some snacks, and will sure to impress your guests and put everyone in that patriotic-mood!
Starting at 7am on July 4th, Langum Park will be CLOSED to the public due to the set-up of the fireworks. However, there is no need to worry as there are plenty of amazing parks throughout St. Charles where you can your Independence Day with friends and family.
This 4th of July, spend as much time as you can soaking-up the sunlight outdoors in St. Charles. Click here to view our outdoors pages for information on parks & trails, as well as wonderful ideas on things to do outside.