Fourth of July

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 occuring on Monday, July 4th, 2022. This year's theme is "There is No Place Like Home" in conjunction with the Gail Borden Public Library's summer reading program.

The parade will kick off at 9a.m. on Slade and Douglas street, and end in front of Elgin City Hall. It will feature various forms of entertainment to enjoy. Interested participants can register here. Please look below for more helpful information regarding the parade.

Food trucks suited for various tastes will be parked on Grove street (adjacent to Festival Park) starting at 4:00 PM. 

The concert will occur at Festival Park (132 S Grove Ave, Elgin, IL 60120) and begin at 7PM. Viewers will enjoy musical entertainment provided by The Modern Day Romeos. 

This all-day event will end with a vibrant fireworks show beginning at approximately 9:20 PM.

Parade Frequently Asked Questions and Helpful Information 

Date: Monday, July 4th, 2022 


Theme: The 2022 theme is “There is No Place Like Home” in conjunction with the Gail Borden Public Library summer reading program.  


Volunteers: Volunteers are to arrive at Danny’s on Douglas no later than 6:15a.m. for volunteer registration, t-shirt distribution, orientation and materials. Orientation starts promptly at 6:30a.m. 


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


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


Finish time and location: Estimated ~12p.m. intersection Douglas and Highland 


Road closures: Road closure preparations begin at 6a.m. with roads officially being closed at 8a.m. 

Cars parked on these streets on July 4 after 6a.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) 


Registration: Registration is currently open and closes on June 10th. Please click here to register. 


Sponsorship opportunities: If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or would like detailed sponsorship information, click here. 

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 and to read about some of our newest shops and restaurants read our blog “Getting to Know Downtown Elgin."


Multiple food trucks for various tastes will be parked along Grove Street starting at 4p.m.  

Then, head to Festival Park where the City of Elgin will host a 4th of July concert. It will begin approximately at 7p.m. All of the day’s festivities will finish with fireworks on the scenic Fox River, occurring at approximately 9:20 p.m. 

More Questions or Comments: For any further questions, please call 311, the City of Elgin’s centralized information center, or email