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4th of July Celebrations in the Greater Champaign-Urbana Area (2023)

June 22, 2023

We're already at the point in the year where it's time to break out the sparklers and firecracker popsicles! If you're eager to make plans for the holiday weekend, then there's good news: Fourth of July events in the Champaign County Area start as early as this weekend! Here's your guide to the major celebrations, parades, and fireworks displays taking place this year. 


Here's your guide to the Fourth of July fireworks, parades, and celebrations taking place in Champaign, Urbana, and beyond! 

Savoy's 61874th of July Celebration, June 30

Savoy kicks off the weekend festivities from 3 to 10 p.m. at 1700 + 1800 Woodfield Drive! There will be live music featuring Blues from Kilborn Alley and Twilight Zona, food trucks, a Taekwondo demonstration, and a doughnut-eating contest for adults! 


CCFPD's Freedom Fest at Lake of the Woods, June 30

Freedom Fest at Lake of the Woods Forest Preserve in Mahomet is back with music,  a tribute to our service men and women, and a spectacular fireworks display lighting up the lake! Admission is $2 per person, with children 5 and under free! Military persons with ID also gets in free.


Arthur Freedom Celebration and Fireworks, July 1

Come celebrate the Fourth of July in Amish Country! A parade in the afternoon, food, live music, and a huge fireworks celebration will commence over in Eberhardt Park.

Monticello Freedom Fest, July 3
An annual fireworks display put on by the Monticello Freedom Fest Committee! Everyone is welcome and the event is free to attend.
Homer Freedom & Music Festival, July 3-4

Join Homer for their 2nd annual Freedom & Music Festival with back-to-back live bands, food trucks, vendors, family-friendly activities, and a radiant fireworks display on the 4th!

Bentley's 3rd of July Patio Party, July 3

It's a party at Bentley's outside patio! Join in on the fun with music all night long including funk, soul, reggae, dancehall classics, and more. There's no cover to enter and must be 21+ to attend.

Rantoul Fourth Fireworks, July 3

The Rantoul 4th of July Firework Show will be at the Rantoul Airport at 9:30 this year! This event is free to attend and everyone is welcome.

Annual 4th of July Celebration with Paxton, July 4

The town of Paxton is celebrating the 4th of July all day long, with a 5k walk/run, car show, music under the pavilion, bingo, food vendors, and a fireworks show closing off the holiday!

4th of July Celebrations with Alto Vineyard, July 4

Bring a picnic blanket, hotdogs, burgers, and more grilling goods! Alto Vineyards will have a grill onsite for July 4th, and don't forget to make room for slushies, wine, and beer!


Champaign County Freedom Celebration, July 4

Last but not least, the Champaign County Freedom Celebration will kick off their festivities all day long, starting as early as 8:30 a.m! Activities include a 5k run/walk, parade, evening entertainment, and a firworks show. This year's theme is Christmas in July!


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