There are lots of great things about Illinois, great food, great architecture, great festivals, great lakes and great Illinois fireworks! Whether you are a visitor or long-time resident of this Midwestern state, you’ll be pleased with the pyrotechnic opportunities that are scattered across the state from big city to small town. There are firework shows to celebrate the 4th of July and New Year’s Eve, sporting events in the state and at festivals and special events.
Illinois Fireworks in Chicago
In Chicago, the largest city in Illinois, there are plenty of events that end with a big, big bang. A well attended location for fireworks during the summer is at scenic Navy Pier. This venue on Lake Michigan in downtown Chicago goes ‘overboard’ when it comes to fireworks. This top tourist attractions in Chicago, doesn't just reserve its fireworks for the 4th of July, they feature about two shows a week during the summer, accompanied by music. Each firework show is different with different music, so visitors are encouraged to come back several times
Navy Pier celebrates the holidays with three spectacular lakefront firework shows. The first firework show has a rock-n-roll theme and takes place in mid-November at ushers in the holiday season following the Magnificent Mile Lights Festival. On New Year’s Eve, Navy Pier offers a family-friendly firework earlier in the evening so that all the little revelers can participate in the fun. All the fun takes place at the Family Bash inside Winter WonderFest that includes ice-skating, rides, inflatable slides and more. And, at midnight on December 31st, there is a final midnight show that really razzles and dazzles the sky over Lake Michigan! The Taste of Chicago is a huge 10-day culinary event that treats guests to delicious delights from every style cooking known to man! In some years this gastronomic event has ended with a pyrotechnic night cap, so to speak, made from thousands of aerial devices and shells being launched into the night sky. An insider tip is that if you want to avoid the crowds, book a hotel with a window that face Grant Park! Another popular summer firework show in Chicago is Venetian Night which delights spectators near the end of July with Illinois fireworks.
In Peoria, the riverfront area is always ready to thrill spectators with a firework show. In addition to offering arts, music, festivals, paddle boat excursions and fireworks on special occasions. The largest firework show in the state of Illinois happens on the East Peoria and Peoria riverfronts, along with an air show, and is called the Methodist Red, White and Boom! Similar events happen on the riverfront to ring in New Year’s Eve, you just have to get more bundled up to face the cold weather!
Sporting events are always a reliable bet to catch a post-game firework show. Chicago is home to two Major Baseball League offering up twice the firework fun. Of course, the Chicago Cubs celebrate some home games with fireworks out at the famous Wrigley Field and also host an awesome pre-game 4th of July firework show. Not to be outdone, the Chicago White Sox also feature ‘Firework Nights’ to delight guests with pyrotechnics over at US Cellular Field. There are other baseball teams with post-game fireworks across the state; check out minor league baseball teams the Kane County Cougars or the Peoria Chiefs.
When heading out to Illinois it’s always a good idea to check in with your hotel concierge or the Illinois Visitor’s Center for firework viewing activities. Always on the pulse of what is happening all over the city, including firework shows, you’ll find quick and accurate information from this go-to resource for entertainment. Illinois is a completely dazzling place to watch fireworks light up the darkened sky and backdrop of skyscrapers or out in the rural areas. The fireworks here are so breathtaking; you’ll remember the stunning displays of sparks in the sky for many years to come.