Where to Get Your Fireworks Fix in the Southland
Our holiday calendar of Fourth of July firework displays in the Southland.
It's almost that time of the year to pull out a lawn chair and listen to friends and family react while watching fireworks light up the sky on a summer night.
Here's a list of upcoming fireworks displays in the Southland. You can also find them on the map with this post by clicking on the flag icons. (If you are viewing on a mobile device, you must click over to a desktop version.)
- Oak Forest - July 28 and July 4, Oak Fest: 159th St & Central Ave - Dusk
- Chicago Heights, July 3 - Bloom High School - Dusk
- Evergreen Park, July 3 - Duffy Park - Dusk
- Palos Heights, July 3 - Memorial Park - 9:15 p.m.
- Frankfort, July 4 - Main Park - Dusk
- Mokena, July 4 - Main Park - Dusk
- Oak Lawn, July 4 - Richards High School - Dusk
- Tinley Park, July 4 - McCarthy Park - 9:15 p.m.
- Orland Park, July 4 - Centennial Park - 9:15 p.m.
- New Lenox, July 4 - Village Commons - 9:30 p.m.
Homewood-Flossmoor does not have a fireworks display within the next month. Where are you planning to watch fireworks this summer? Did we miss one? Tell us in the comment box!
Behind the Scenes: A 20-minute fireworks show can take 12 hours to set up. Watch video of how it all comes together on New Lenox Patch.
Fireworks Illegal in Illinois
You can have sparklers, smoke bombs and party poppers, but the fun stops there. Fireworks are illegal in Illinois, and if you're caught with them the penalty can range from a small fine to nearly a year in prison.
Local penalties may vary, so contact your local police if you're curious. Or just don't set off fireworks.
Fourth of July Safety Tips
Silver Cross Hospital offered a bunch of Fourth of July safety tips, including some powerful numbers about firework-related injuries and drunken driving.
There are about 8,500 firework-related injuries each year in the U.S., 2,000 of which are eye injuries. And although sparklers are legal here, they account for three-quarters of all firework injuries in preschoolers.
“It's really a lot safer to go to a professional show at one of the many area park districts,” said Daniel Checco, Medical Director for the Silver Cross Free-Standing Emergency Care Center in Homer Glen. “By letting trained experts light the fireworks, all you have to do is sit there and enjoy the show.”
How to Photograph Fireworks
Capturing fireworks on camera is a challenge that can be mastered easily with the right equipment and settings on your camera. Here is a short tutorial to help you capture the rockets' red glare this Fourth of July.
- Camera: Either point-and-shoot or an SLR.
- Tripod: To keep the camera steady and prevent motion blur.
- Flashlight: To see the camera settings in the dark.
- Wireless Trigger: Not necessary but it helps to prevent camera shake.