4th of July in Aurora: A Parade and Fireworks
Parade: 10 a.m.
Mayor Weisner will lead the pre-parade program at 9:15 a.m. on the mainstage located at the corner of Galena Blvd. and Stolp Ave. He will be joined by aldermen, Grand Marshals Tim Rater & Jim Corti and special guest performers to kick-off the holiday.
With more than 100 units, the parade will step off at 10:00 a.m. from the Santori Public Library at the corner of River St. and Benton Ave. The NEW parade route for this year is: east on Benton to Broadway; north on Broadway to Downer; west on Downer to Stolp; north on Stolp to Galena; west on Galena to River St; and south on River St. to Downer.
Parade-goers can watch from anywhere along the parade route. A prime viewing location will be near the Reviewing Stand located at the corner of Galena Blvd. and Stolp Ave.
Bring the family downtown for another great parade in the morning and then again for a fun time at the fireworks in the evening.
Fireworks: 9:35 p.m.
The public can watch the fireworks from two prime downtown locations during the Fireworks Extravaganza and Family Fun Night. Both RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park at the Prisco Center will be buzzing with activities from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., with fireworks at 9:35 p.m.
RiverEdge Park, 360 N. Broadway, will have an array of food vendors, good music and an amazing view of the fireworks. Entertainment includes:
- 6:15 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.: American Legion Band
- 7:45 p.m. – 9:15 p.m.: Fox Valley Orchestra
- 9:15 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.: Community Line-Dancing (Cha Cha Slide, Cupid Shuffle, etc.)
McCullough Park at the Prisco Center, 150 W. Illinois, will have a variety of food vendors, good music, bounce houses & games for the kids and an amazing view of the fireworks as well. Entertainment includes the band Evolution from 7:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m. with a mix of live music from classical to current rock.
At approximately 9:35 p.m., the City of Lights will live up to its name with a pyrotechnic extravaganza illuminating the night sky in a rainbow of colors! Fireworks can be viewed from both locations and along the banks of the Fox River.
To make traveling to the fireworks easier, the City of Aurora is once again providing FREE shuttles from convenient locations throughout Aurora. Shuttles will run from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. and then resume service immediately following the fireworks until 11:00 p.m.
All shuttles will drop off downtown in close proximity to both RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park and take riders back to the original pick-up location after the fireworks.
Shuttle information and additional details can be found at www.aurora-il.org.
We are looking forward to another fun and safe Fourth of July in the City of Aurora.