Fourth of July Tips and Reminders

Fourth of July Events and Reminders
Posted on 06/22/2022

The Village is sharing the below tips, information, and reminders regarding the Fourth of July. 

Frontier Days Festival: June 30th - July 4th

Frontier Days in Arlington Heights is hosted by Frontier Days Festival, Inc. Frontier Days will take place from June 30th - July 4th at Recreation Park. Please use caution if navigating event areas and watch for pedestrians.
  • Daily Events
    Frontier Days Festival offers daily events including carnival rides, concessions, and concerts at Recreation Park 

  • Frontier Days Shuttles
    Shuttles will be running throughout the duration of the event.  See map and schedule 

  • Disability Day: July 2nd
    The Village's Commission for Citizens with Disabilities are inviting residents and visitors to attend Disability Days at Frontier Days on July 2nd! Disability Day is an annual celebration that invites individuals with disabilities and their families to attend a day of fun at Arlington Heights Frontier Days. Disability Day events include:
    • 9:30 - 11 a.m.: Check in at Pool Entrance
    • 10 - 11:15 a.m.: Rides
    • 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Luncheon
    • 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Entertainment
  • Stampede 5K & 10K Run: July 3rd 
    Join Frontier Days for their Stampede Run offering a 5K Run, 10K Run, 5K Walk, and 1/4 Mile Kids Dash. Strollers, baby joggers, etc. are welcome at the back of each race group. Race Routes are USATF certified.

    All races start and finish on Frontier Days grounds at the intersection of Miner Street and Douglas Avenue.

  • Fourth of July Parade: July 4th 
    The Fourth of July parade steps off at 10 a.m. from Dunton & Oakton, traveling South on Dunton to Miner, and then east to Recreation Park for the Frontier Days Festival. 

    Please be a good neighbor and remember to not place any blankets, chairs, etc. on the parkways and sidewalks along the parade route prior to 7 p.m., July 3. Past practices of reserving a space with blankets, tarps, chairs, etc. to ensure a good viewing spot can cause damage to grass, impede pedestrians, and are problematic for homeowners along the route who may need to water their parkways or mow their lawns.

  • Sign Up to Volunteer
    Frontier Days Inc. is seeking volunteers! You can sign up as an individual or group. Learn more on their website

Village Hall Closed July 4th
Village Offices will be closed on Monday, July 4th in honor of the Independence Day holiday. Offices will reopen on Tuesday, July 5th for normal business hours.

Groot Holiday Schedule Observed
Groot collection will be delayed by one day due to the Fourth of July Holiday. 

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over 
Arlington Heights Police have announced plans for stepped-up July Fourth traffic enforcement with a focus on impaired and unbuckled drivers. The safety campaign will run from June 16 through the early-morning hours of July 5 to encompass three summer weekends leading up to and after Independence Day. 

Fireworks Safety 
As Independence Day approaches and our community begins to celebrate July 4th, the Arlington Heights Fire Department is reminding residents that all fireworks can be dangerous. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, there were approximately 15,600 fireworks-related, emergency department-treated injuries in 2020. This is a 50% increase in deaths and injuries over 2019.

Fireworks Safety Reminders:

  • Be sure you are using legal fireworks, such as sparklers. Remember, sparklers might seem like a safer alternative, however, they can heat up to 1,200˚F. Do not allow children to use them without adult supervision.
  • Generally, any firework that must be lit by a wick, explodes, and/or shoots into the air are illegal in the City of Champaign.
  • Use all fireworks outside, away from homes, people, trees, dry grass, or any other flammable substances.
  • When handling fireworks always have a bucket of water and a fire extinguisher nearby.
  • If injured by a firework, go to a doctor immediately. If it is an eye injury, do not rub the injury, as that may cause more damage.
  • The best way to prevent firework injuries is to not use them at all. Attend public firework displays and leave the igniting to the professionals.

Residents are also reminded to maintain a working smoke alarm and to regularly practice a home escape plan in case of fire or other emergency.

Fireworks Display Update
The Arlington Heights fireworks have long been privately hosted and paid for by Arlington International Racecourse, however there are no plans by Churchill Downs International, the owners of the track, to host a fireworks show this year. The Village of Arlington Heights is working to explore potential options and/or partnerships for firework shows in future years. Any updates will be shared with the public.