A Little Time and a Keyboard: Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs: Happy Fourth of July}

Weekend Windup {Family Fun in the Chicago Suburbs: Happy Fourth of July}

Friday, June 30, 2023


Happy Fourth of July! There is a lot going on -- here are my picks and a link to a great list of all of the fireworks happening over the next few days. Have a wonderful holiday!


February 4-December 23 Viking's Voyage, Geneva History Museum, learn about the history of the replica Viking ship in Geneva which started as an attraction at the World's Columbian Exhibition in 1893, $5 per adult, $2 kids and seniors, free for members, closed Sundays and Mondays

May 2 - November 3 Infrastructure: Creating 19th Century Clothing Then and Now, exhibit starts with the fabric scrapbook of Hannah Ditzler Asplaugh. Her memories of creating and recreating 19th century clothing over 50 years inspired the exhibit.  Explore the connection of clothing and memory as well as how the fashions were made then and now. See website for hours and admission.

May 6-July 31 Superheroes in Wilder Park, Elmhurst, 8 life-sized superhero sculptures by local artists, free

May 27-September 4 Find Your Wild with McHenry County Conservation District, all summer use an app to explore the county's fabulous preserves, engage in fun nature activities, answer trivia questions and win prizes! This is a fun outdoor adventure that you can enjoy throughout summer and it is free!

June 2-August 20 Marvelocity: The Art of Alex Ross, Elmhurst Art Museum, sketches, life-sized busts, cover art and more highlight one of the greatest comic book artists, please see website for admission info and associated events

June 3-September 10 WARHOL, Cleve Carney Museum of Art, Glen Ellyn, an incredible 94 pieces by Andy Warhol will be on display during this exhibition, there are many associated events to experience, see website for ticketing and more information, I will have more on this event soon!

June 3-September 10 Where's Warhol Scavenger Hunt and Pop Art Photo Ops, downtown Wheaton, free events celebrating College of DuPage's Andy Warhol Portfolios: A Life in Pop exhibition, free

Through September 16 Peck Farm Butterfly House, Geneva, see website for hours, suggested donation

Spring is for hiking! Check out my Chicago Suburban Hiking Recommendations for ideas.

Great Fourth of July Fireworks and Festival List in the Patch

Thursday, June 29

June 29 -  July 2 Northwest Fourth Fest, Hoffman Estates

Friday, June 30

June 30 - July 4 Frontier Days in Arlington Heights

June 30 - July 4 Hometown Fest Palatine

June 30 - July 3 Naperville Salute the Fourth of July

Saturday, July 1

July 1 The First Shot at Gettysburg, DuPage County Historical Museum and Adams Park, 10AM-2PM, reenactors and award ceremony, reserve a spot online

July 1-4 Morton Grove Days

July 1-2 Volo Bog Tours, 11AM and 1PM, registration requested

July 1 - July 4 Mundelein Community Days Festival 

July 1 Lemont Food Truck Festival, Lemont Quarries, 11AM-7PM, early admission $20 pp, $10 for general admission, live music, vendors, food trucks

July 1 Picnicking for the Glorious 4th, Kline Creek Farm, West Chicago, 1:30PM-3:30PM, bring your own picnic, enjoy a historical picnic display, make a treat with ice from the ice house, play Victorian games and more, free

Sunday, July 2

July 2 Gettysburg Day, Naper Settlement, Naperville, 1PM-4PM, see sword drills, hear Lincoln read the Gettysburg Address, mourn the loss of a soldier, special kids military drilling event that you need to RSVP to in advance, Civil War fashion show, see website for ticketing information

Monday, July 3

July 3-4 Deerfield Family Days

July 3 Taste of Oak Brook, 3PM-fireworks display

Tuesday, July 4

July 4 We Are Highland Park Fourth of July Events -- Highland Park will be remembering those lost and come together as a community. There will be a remembrance ceremony at 10AM with a moment of silence at 10:14AM. There will be a community picnic at Sunset Woods 11:30AM-1:30PM. Gary Sinise and Lt. Dan Band will perform at 5PM. There will be family activities followed by a drone show.

July 4 Wildlife Connections, River Trail Nature Center, Northbrook, 10:30AM-12PM, drop in and learn about the animals of Misercordia

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