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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 -  - Dusk
  • Evergreen Park, July 3 - - Dusk
  • Palos Heights, July 3 - - 9:15 p.m.
  • Frankfort, July 4 - - Dusk
  • Mokena, July 4 - - Dusk
  • Oak Lawn, July 4 - - Dusk
  • Tinley Park, July 4 -  - 9:15 p.m.
  • Orland Park, July 4 - - 9:15 p.m.
  • New Lenox, July 4 - - 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. 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 , 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.  

Equipment needed:

  • 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.
John Doe July 01, 2012 at 02:45 PM
The state provides grants to police departments for various tasks. One of them is seat belt enforcement "click it or ticket". The state will pay for officers to work road blocks as long as they are enforcing seat belts. They also have seat belt awareness month which I believe is in May, thats why you see all the road blocks then also. So the officers writing a majority of those tickets are not on the city or villages clock, they are being paid time and a half by the state. They are not answering calls and in fact can't answer calls unless it is a major event.
Ashley July 01, 2012 at 02:50 PM
Fireworks on July 3rd at dusk Manteno Sportsmen's Club 851 N. Main St. Manteno, IL 60950 (815) 468-8635
GPD July 02, 2012 at 07:00 AM
Park Forest will have fireworks this year in a different location: http://www.villageofparkforest.com/index.php?src=events&srctype=profile&refno=12500
Teri K Baldwin July 03, 2012 at 01:35 AM
Glenwoodie had GREAT fireworks last year! They were cancelled the year before. I expect they will be just as good this year.
LocalRez July 04, 2012 at 05:34 AM
Any suggestions of good spot to see the Thornton fireworks but escape the crowd? Anyone ever been?

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