In a couple of days, the smell of grilled meat and gunpowder will fill the air. And with the 4th occurring on a Friday, that gives us a three-day weekend!
If you were bummed by the fireworks show you saw last year, you're in luck because there are an absolutely
absurd amount of other options.
With 102 counties in Illinois, that means a lot of different shows. In some of the larger ones like Cook, Will, Dupage, McHenry and Lake, there are dozens within each county.
Independence Day is important, so we included the various fireworks shows in nearly every county, which took a very long time. If you're traveling elsewhere in the state or want to change things up this year, this massive list will definitely help you find an alternative.
Also, take advantage of the long weekend by checking out these 31 historic sites across Illinois.