Independence Day Schedule 2019

4th of July in Aurora

Join the City of Aurora for a spectacular day – with the theme of AURORA STRONG – of celebrating our nation’s independence on Thursday, July 4, 2019. 

4th of July weather is going to be warm and beautiful. Join us for the coolest celebration in the Fox Valley!


MORNING PARADE

The pre-parade ceremony is a community celebration beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the reviewing stand located in front of the GAR Memorial Hall, 23. E. Downer Place. The ceremony will feature special remarks from Mayor Irvin, a presentation to the grand marshals and performances from Simply Destinee and AKA Dance. 

The parade steps off from the intersection of River and Benton Streets at 10 a.m. led by the 911 Operators – our 25 headset heroes of public safety. These courageous first responders answered more than 247,000 calls per year for the Aurora Police Department, the Aurora Fire Department and the North Aurora Police Department.

The parade route will begin at the intersection of Benton and River, head east on Benton, north on Broadway, west on Downer Place and ending at River Street.  

AFTERNOON PICNIC

Following the parade, the Aurora Historical Society will host its annual Independence Day Picnic and Bell Ringing Ceremony from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Tanner House, 305 Cedar St. The annual event will feature old-fashioned Fourth of July with music, games, petting zoo, museum tours, pie-eating contest, food for purchase, and the national Ringing of the Bells at 1 p.m.

EVENING FIREWORKS & FAMILY FUN

The City of Lights lives up to its name with a spectacular fireworks display that will light up the night sky over the Fox River at approximately 9:35 p.m. The best viewing will be at RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park, where free family-friendly activities begin at 5 p.m.

RIVEREDGE PARK

360 N Broadway, Aurora, IL 60505

RiverEdge Park will feature patriotic music from the American Legion Band, beginning at 5:30 p.m. and Bruce in the USA at 7:10 p.m., on the main stage of the Dunham Pavilion, Aurora’s premiere outdoor music venue. The community dance will commence at 9:05 p.m. with the Cha-Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, an Old Town Road Sing-a-Long and more! 

Food vendors include: Aurora Noon Lions, Bayou Chili, Beans, Greens & Proteins, Genoa Italian Concessions, Senor Taco, and Umbrella Azul

MCCULLOUGH PARK @ THE PRISCO CENTER

 150 W Illinois Avenue, Aurora, IL 60506

McCullough Park will feature music by DJ Suave Smooth, dancing all night, carnival rides and giant inflatables. 

Food vendors include: Andre’s Restaurant, Gallego’s Snow Cones, Harvey’s Firebox, Holy Pierogi, Jaquilita’s Tacosa, Something Sweet Lemonade, and Wurst Kitchen

FREE SHUTTLES TO THE FIREWORKS

The City of Aurora offers free park-and ride shuttle service from 6 to 9 p.m. with round-trip rides to 11 convenient locations throughout the city. 

The shuttles resume service following the fireworks, with the last shuttles departing at 11 p.m.

The complete shuttle schedule is as follows:

ROUTE PICK-UP DROP-OFF
BLUE BELLE SALLE BANQUETS, 1920 E New York St
DUNKIN DONUTS, 3 N Smith St
AURORA FIRE MUSEUM
53 N. Broadway Corner of New York St and Broadway
GOLD AURORA POLICE DEPT, 1200 E Indian Trl
INDIAN TRAIL PLAZA, 254 E Indian Trl
AURORA CENTRAL GARAGE
720 N. Broadway Corner of Broadway and Illinois Ave
GREEN MERCY CENTER HOSPITAL, 1325 Highland Ave
CERMAK GROCERY STORE, 1250 N Lake St
MCCULLOUGH PARK AT THE PRISCO CENTER
128 W Illinois Ave
ORANGE ST. ATHANASIOS CHURCH, 1855 E Fifth Ave
EAST AURORA HIGH, 500 Tomcat Ln
AURORA FIRE MUSEUM
53 N Broadway Corner of New York St and Broadway  
RED WEST AURORA HIGH, 1200 W New York St
LUIGI’S PIZZA, 732 N Prairie St
McCULLOUGH PARK AT THE PRISCO CENTER
128 W Illinois Ave
PINK NORTHGATE CENTER, 900 N Lake St McCULLOUGH PARK AT THE PRISCO CENTER
128 W Illinois Ave

 

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