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Independence Day Celebration

July 3 | Fireworks | Graf Park July 4 | Parade | Downtown Wheaton

Photo of flags links to Field of Honor® event details

Additional Patriotic Events:

An awe-inspiring panorama of United States flags flying at Seven Gables Park in a patriotic tribute to honor our heroes.


July 3 | Graf Park | 5:30-9:30P


Fireworks are currently set to start at dusk (approximately 9 pm). The evening’s event will include lawn games, concessions, Carnival, DJ, and giveaways. A local scout troop will provide a flag ceremony in Graf Park before the fireworks show.

Carnival Rides

Tickets and wristbands available to purchase at the event:

  • $1.25 per ticket (3 tickets to ride)
  • $25 Unlimited Ride Wristband

Please be kind to our neighbors when parking on residential streets.

Park Policies

NO PETS are allowed in the park. Please contact events@wheatonparks.org if you require a service animal.

Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.

No sparklers or smoke bombs will be permitted in the park.

No firearms are permitted to be taken into Wheaton Park District buildings or onto Wheaton Park District grounds. The Wheaton Park District is a government agency and pursuant to Illinois’ Concealed Carry Law restrictions.

No weapons (including pocket knives) of any kind are allowed on the property.

All tobacco products including cigarettes, cigars and vaping are not allowed. Smoking of any kind is prohibited in Graf Park, including marijuana.


July 4 | Downtown Wheaton | Steps Off at 10A

July 4 is not only a celebration of our nation’s independence and a special day in America’s history but a celebration of our freedom. It commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the Continental Congress on July 4, 1776. Every year, Americans honor the 4th of July as the birthday of the United States with firework shows, parades, and backyard barbecues while reflecting on our great nation with loved ones.

 Parade applications are due by June 24, 2022.

2022 Float Entry Award Categories

Best Youth Group
Best Non-Profit
Go Green
Best Neighborhood
Carlson’s Best of Show
Mayor’s Spirit

Best Musical Entry
Bart Loiacono Most Creative
Best Use of Theme
Most Patriotic
Best Political

Parade Route
View parade route map PDF (opens in new window)
Parade Parking

The parking options listed below are free and available to the public on weekends:

Wheaton Place Garage
232 W Wesley St, 1st & 2nd Floor

Willow Avenue Garage
220 S Cross St, 1st Floor

Public Parking Lot #2
South side of 100 block of Wesley St


2022 Parade Image Gallery

Photos © Art Cigoy

Videos by City of Wheaton



Please contact Kim Prazak, Assistant to Director of Special Facilities at kprazak@wheatonparks.org.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Please contact Margie Wilhelmi, Director of Marketing at mwilhelmi@wheatonparks.org.


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