4th of July in Aurora

City of Aurora 4th of July
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. 

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 Avenue
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 Street 

 DUNKIN DONUTS 
 3 N. Smith Street

AURORA FIRE MUSEUM 
 53 N. Broadway
Corner of New York Street and Broadway

GOLD AURORA POLICE DEPT.
1200 E. Indian Trail 

 INDIAN TRAIL  PLAZA 
 254 E. Indian Trail

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 Street

MCCULLOUGH PARK 
 AT THE PRISCO CENTER 
 128 W. Illinois Ave.

ORANGE ST. ATHANASIOS CHURCH 
 1855 E. Fifth Ave. 

 EAST AURORA HIGH 
 500 Tomcat Lane

AURORA FIRE MUSEUM
 53 N. Broadway 
 Corner of New York Street and Broadway  

RED WEST AURORA HIGH 
1200 W. New York Street

 LUIGI’S PIZZA  
 732 N. Prairie Street

MCCULLOUGH PARK
 AT THE PRISCO CENTER
128 W. Illinois Ave.
PINK NORTHGATE  CENTER 
 900 N. Lake Street

MCCULLOUGH PARK
AT THE PRISCO CENTER
128 W. Illinois Ave.