Lake Forest’s Fourth of July Festival and Fireworks boom, sparkle and kapow

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3 p.m. — VIP ticket holders allowed access to set up their lawn chairs or blankets. They must leave the park once their equipment is set-up.

5 p.m. — Gates open. Bring your lawn chair or blanket. No tents or stakes. No pets. No smoking.

6 p.m. — Cover band starts the evening.

8 p.m. — The main act takes the stage.

9:40 p.m. — Fireworks begin.

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The 8th annual Festival and Fireworks celebration, presented by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation, will be held on Friday, July 4 at Deerpath Park. This community family-friendly event is a fundraiser to help support the Parks and Recreation Department. The proceeds will be placed directly toward the enhancement of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department’s programs, services, facilities and planning for the enrichment of families in the community.

“Through tax-deductible donations via the Golf Classic and the Festival and Fireworks, the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation have provided substantial funding dedicated to beautifying parks, making structural improvements and expanding recreational programming,” said Mark Milliman, Parks and Recreation foundation president. “Thanks to our presenting sponsors, Lake Forest Bank and Trust and Fields Auto Group. A fun afternoon and evening is planned for all.”

The fun starts at 6 p.m. on July 4 with live musical entertainment on the soundstage — the headliner performs at 8 p.m. Young kids will love the game area and the face painting, and teens will find fun and entertainment. New this year: in the Teen Action Area, teens can test their skills on a mechanical bull ride.

The greatest fireworks display on the North Shore begins filling the skies around 9:40 p.m. Bring your own food and beverages — or purchase food from Lovell’s at the Festival. Gates open for those who only want to watch the fireworks just prior to the display.

“Lovell’s, our food vendor, will be offering BBQ food, chicken and pork dinners with various side dishes and desserts; we will have beer, wine, pop and water for sale,” Milliman said. “Please remember: all food, drinks, admission and parking are cash only, and all proceeds, after festival expenses, are used to support the great year-round programs of your Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department. Please join us for a fun filled day.”

Families can take advantage of the VIP passes and VIP family passes, which must be purchased prior to the event. VIP passes, which includes admission, food and beverages and early 3 p.m. set-up, are $75 for adults and $25 for children 12 years old and under. VIP Family passes are $200, which includes two adult VIP passes, four child VIP passes and premier parking. Regular admission tickets can be purchased for $10 for residents or for $15 for non-residents at the Recreation Center business office or by going online at