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Independence Day Celebration (July 3-4)

July 3 - July 4

IDC2015_Logo_colorJoin us for fireworks at Graf Park on Friday, July 3; then enjoy the Independence Day Parade on Saturday, July 4 in Downtown Wheaton.

CONTACT INFO: Margie Wilhelmi, Wheaton Park District
630.510.4984 or mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.orgDate: June 12, 2015


WHEATON, IL—What’s more American than a picnic? Hot dogs, potato salad, apple pie, gingham blankets—these things epitomize summertime eating. And while picnics are a great excuse to feast, they’re ultimately about coming together, as family, as friends, and as communities. This year, the Wheaton Park District and the City of Wheaton salute that great American icon through 2015’s Independence Day celebration theme, “The All American Picnic.”

The festivities begin at 4 pm on Friday, July 3 at Graf Park. Kids, adults, and families can enjoy rides, concessions, and DJ entertainment while waiting for the main event: the fireworks! As the night descends at 9 pm, the sky will light up with pops of light, color, and sound as residents from Wheaton and beyond remember the birth of our nation through this historical tradition. (The grandstand at the DuPage County Fairgrounds will not be available for fireworks viewing this year.)

The next morning (Saturday, July 4) Wheaton celebrates 100 parades! The parade will step off at 10 am near Hawthorne and Main Street, traveling south on Main Street, turning west on Wesley Street, south on Wheaton Avenue, east on Front Street and concluding at Front and Cross streets in downtown Wheaton. Residents line the street to get a view of the float participants, which include political parties and candidates, schools, local charities, churches, and more.

This year’s parade will feature two parade marshalls: Ken Carlson of Carlson’s Glass and Mirror and Ryne Stolarz, longtime Wheaton native and soccer player for Team Illinois. Team Illinois will be competing in the Special Olympics World games in July.

Sponsors for July 3 and 4 include Jerry Haggerty Chevrolet, Whole Foods Market of Wheaton, and DuPage Republicans.

Friday, July 3: Fireworks & Family Event

Join us for carnival rides, games, tasty treats, and fireworks!

Location: Graf Park
Timing: Event starts at 4pm; Fireworks at 9pm (approximately)
Parking: Located at the DuPage County Fairgrounds

Enjoy the fireworks from the best seat in the house, located on the NEW turf field at Graf Park.

Please note:

  • Grandstand seating will not be available at the Fairgrounds
  • Use of sparklers, smoke bombs, or other types of fireworks are prohibited

Sponsored by:



DuPage Republicans

Event Map (PDF)


Saturday, July 4: Independence Day Parade

Celebrating the 100th Parade!

2015 Parade Theme: The All-American Picnic
Parade Marshalls: Ken Carlson of Carlson’s Glass and Mirror, and Ryne Stolarz, Wheaton native and Team Illinois soccer player
Location: Downtown Wheaton — Parade Route (PDF)
Timing: Parade steps off at 10am

Interested in participating in the parade?
Download the Parade Entry Contract 2015 (PDF).


2015 Parade Participants:

In Order of Parade Appearance
Wheaton Police Unit
Wheaton Police Honor Guard
Wheaton Fire Units and Trucks
DuPage Honor Guard
DuPage County Sheriff
BANNER CARRIER (Grand Marshal)
Grand Marshals
Wheaton VFW Post 2164
Wheaton Municipal Band
Mayor Gresk’s vehicle
Honorarium-Midwest Model T Ford Club
City Council
BANNER CARRIER (Sponsored by DuPage Republicans)
Honorarium-Tunes of Glory Pipes & Drum Corp
*State Representative Jeannie Ives
*State Representative Peter Breen
*DuPage County State’s Atty Bob Berlin
*Circuit Judge Liam Bernnan
*Circuit Judge Paul. M. Fullerton
*Rand Paul-NW Indiana Activism
Milton Township Republican Central Committee
DuPage County Marine Corps
*Democratic Party of Milton Township
BANNER CARRIER (Sponsored by DuPage Republicans)
Honorarium-WNHS Band
Honorarium-WWSHS Band
Midwest Shelter for Homeless Veterans
American Red Cross
Carlson Paint, Glass and Art
Gia-Co’s Martial Arts School
Retro Fitness
Crème de la Crème
Glen Ellyn Backyard BBQ
Orange Theory Fitness
ESSE Adult Day Care
WPD-Rams Cheerleading
Camp Ruff It Doggie DayCare
Brighton Gardens
H4 Training
Prom Band
WPD-Wheaton Wings
Roger Cheairs
Wheaton Public Library
West Suburban Patriots
Wheaton Lions Club
St. John Lutheran Church & Preschool
Adrian Electric
Honorarium-Silver Knights Baton
Alma Dance School
Wimpffen Family
Rhea Lana’s
Jerry Evans School of Music
Service Master
Honorarium-Four Star Brass Band
Superstar Karate
Clare Woods Academy
Elite Feet Dance
Honorarium-Medinah Big Wheels
Perrin-Wheaton Daughters of the American Revolution
Downtown Wheaton Association
Northern Illinois Outlaws
Northern IL Food Bank
Burlingame Plumbing
American Taxi
ICE All-Star
WPD-Cosley Zoo
St. Matthew United Church of Christ
Moves Dance Studio
Pro Martial Arts Check&form to follow
Victory Sports Camp
Buikema’s Ace Hardware
Take Up Your Cross Motorcycle Ministry
Wheaton College Artist Series
Ahiska Turks Cultural Center
Sports Clips
DuPage County Fair `
Alan Foster’s Tractor
LCA Blaze Volleyball
Avenue Bank
DuPage Forest Preserve District Volunteers w/Commissioners
Honorarium-Stiltwalker & Clown


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