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Fourth of July Celebration
July 4

ShowFourth of July Celebration
DateWednesday, Jul 4 2018
Time3 p.m. park opens; 6:15 p.m. music starts
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Enjoy music and fireworks on the Fourth at RiverEdge Park. The patriotic American Legion Band will fill you with pride as they bring American standards, marches and more. Next is the 60-plus member Fox Valley Orchestra that will play everything from top 40 hits to classics and your favorite movie scores. End the night with an impressive fireworks show that will make you realize Aurora isn’t called the City of Lights for nothing.


In 1937, a pair of World War I veterans from Roosevelt-Aurora Post 84 in Aurora, IL formed a Cadet band with high school musicians. Today, just as it did years ago, the Aurora American Legion Band is encourages student musicians to develop a lifelong love for music, and provides adult musicians the opportunity to continue playing and performing, wherever they are in their musical careers. Show your Aurora pride and support these incredible musicians this Fourth of July!

Offering incredible musical performances and educational opportunities alike, the Fox Valley Orchestra has become a cultural staple of Aurora and it just wouldn’t be a proper Fourth of July celebration without them. Expect everything from Top 40 chart toppers to classic hits to memorable movie scores, plus a few fun surprises!  


RiverEdge Park is located at 360 N Broadway, Aurora IL 60506. Please keep reading for important information regarding Fourth of July at RiverEdge Park.


The Aurora Train Station Commuter Lot will be opening for parking. However, the parking space capacity will be reduced to make room for the new viewing area located in the ATC Lot. Please click here for 4th of July Fireworks Shuttle Routes (PDF)


The City of Aurora is offering free park and ride shuttle service from 5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. providing round trip transportation to 10 convenient locations throughout the city. The shuttles will resume service after the fireworks display with the latest departure scheduled for 11 p.m. LEARN MORE


The Metra will be using its Sunday schedule for Wednesday, July 4. The BNSF line runs directly to the Aurora Transportation Center directly across the street from RiverEdge Park. VIEW SCHEDULE

Park Rules

Grills and alcohol are NOT allowed in any part of RiverEdge Park. Also, pets (except for service dogs), in-line skates, roller skates, skateboards, pocketknives/weapons of any kind are a not allowed, and Conceal and Carry is not permitted in the Park. RiverEdge is a smoke-free facility, which includes no vaping.

Food & Drink

Coolers, food, water and soft drinks are welcome, but NO ALCOHOL is allowed in the park. Food and drink vendors will be open during the concerts.


In addition to the main food vendor Genoa Italian Concessions, this event will also feature Aurora Noon Lions, Señor Taco, Taco Grill and Umbrella Azul. Please note: food vendors are subject to change.

Section Closed

The south end of RiverEdge Park is fenced off and closed due to construction. This means you cannot walk down the bike path from New York to RiverEdge Park. It also means no one can sit in the south third of the park. Please leave yourself plenty of extra time to find a location to sit. Large crowds are expected.

Aurora Train Station Parking Lot

To add extra space to view the fireworks (because of the construction at the park), the City has created a Viewing Area Only section in the ATC Parking Lot – located directly across from RiverEdge Park. This area is for pedestrians only. No cars will be allowed in this section. Please bring your own chairs/blankets to sit on. This new area provides a view of the fireworks.


This year, 4,000 permanent seats have been installed in the park. This means the cement area from the front of the stage just past the sound tower is taken up by seats. There is no room for bag chairs in this area. These seats are open to the general public on a first-come, first-served basis. Please consider leaving your bag chairs at home and using the seats instead.

Look for the Balloon

The City will be flying a helium balloon in the general vicinity of where the fireworks will burst into the air. The balloon will be airborne above the river near McCullough Park on Illinois. If you cannot see the balloon from where you are sitting, you will not be able to see the fireworks, so please plan accordingly.