Fourth of July
4th of July Celebration Information - Monday, July 4, 2016
July 4th
4th of July Parade Information

Date/Time: Monday, July 4th at 9:00 a.m.
2016 Parade Theme: "Go for the Gold"
Start/Finish Parade: Parade Starts at Slade & Douglas
Parade Ends at Douglas & Highland

Estimated Parade Time: Approximately 2 hours long

No parking on the parade route/staging area starting at 6:00 a.m. 

Click here for the parking map.
Click here for parade route

Grand Victoria Casino's 4th of July Celebration Information

Concert Time: Gates open at 3:30 p.m./Concert begins at 5:30 p.m.
***Rain or shine. No coolers or outside food and beverage allowed.
Ticket Prices: FREE, no tickets required.

Concert Performers: Mark Farner - Formerly of Grand Funk Railroad
Rare Earth
Felix Cavaliere's Rascals

Concert Location: 132 S. Grove - Festival Park

Fireworks: Approximately 9:00 p.m.
Fireworks Location: 132 S. Grove - Festival Park 

• Many downtown streets will close at various times to vehicular traffic on July 3-4 to allow for a safe and enjoyable experience as the community celebrates Independence Day. Click here for all street closure details. 
• Absolutely NO coolers, outside alcohol or animals will be allowed at Festival Park for the concert and fireworks on Monday, July 4.
Click here for information on all downtown parking options.
• Shooting off fireworks in Elgin is illegal and there is a NEW ordinance in place that will impact residents who allow fireworks to be detonated on their property. Click here for more information.


Will there be food and drinks?
Absolutely! There will be many delicious food options as well as alcoholic and non-alcoholic drink options available at Festival Park. Guests will need to show ID and obtain a wristband upon entry in order to purchase and consume alcoholic beverages. There are also four dining options within the casino pavilion.

Will bathrooms be provided?
There will be port-o-lets inside Festival Park, in the parking lot on Prairie and Riverside Drive, and in the parking lot on Riverside Drive and Chicago Street.

Where can I park?
Parking will be free at the Grand Victoria Casino garage, based on availability. There is also abundant city of Elgin free parking in several locations nearby. If GVC garage is full, guests will be directed to the closest available city parking lot. Click here to view a downtown Elgin parking map.

What can I bring inside Festival Park?
Blankets, folding or collapsing lawn chairs, and personal cameras

What can't I bring into Festival Park?
Bottles, cans, coolers, weapons or contraband of any kind, alcohol, umbrellas, laser pointers, frisbees, audio and video recording devices, cameras with removable lenses and/or professional cameras, skates, bicycles, skateboards, scooters or other wheeled items, and pets.

Where is handicap parking?
Handicap parking is located at the Casino and on Lake Street between Villa and Grove.

Please see parking map.

For more information please visit the Downtown Neighborhood Association and Grand Victoria Casino.