Saturday, July 3, 2021

Community Park opens at 4:00 p.m.

Village of Hawthorn Woods 4th of July

Relax and watch as we light up the sky honoring our country and celebrating our freedom. Hawthorn Woods is excited to bring back our firework display for the 2021 Fourth of July holiday. The Village of Hawthorn Woods will not host a 4th of July parade this year.

Fireworks will be launched from Community Park at approximately 9:15 p.m. Community Park will be open to guests starting at 4:00 p.m.; parking will be limited (see below); live entertainment and food vendors will not be included in the festivities. A DJ will perform starting at 6:00 p.m.

Pets are not allowed at this event. The park will be closed until opening at 4:00 p.m. No setup is allowed before that time. Any personal items in the park prior to opening will be removed.  

New this year, the Village of Hawthorn Woods is pleased to offer reserved premium parking for our July 3rd fireworks display. Over the years, the Village has received several requests for some type of reservation system. We are now accommodating that request. 

Reserved Premium Parking (registration required):
Reserved premium paid parking is available at Community Park, located at the corner of Old McHenry and Quentin Roads. Registration is required for reserved premium parking; the fee is $20 per vehicle. Registrations are non-refundable. Upon entry on the day of the event, your registration will be verified by the license plate provided at the time of registration. To register and pay for premium parking for your vehicle, please visit our online portal at

Free Standard Parking:
Free parking is available at St. Matthew Church, located at 24500 N. Old McHenry Road. Parking spots are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A shuttle bus will not be available.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Masks are encouraged for all.
  • Individuals age 12 and older who have been fully vaccinated do not need to wear a face-coverings at outdoor events.
  • Unvaccinated adults and children under the age of 12 should wear face-coverings and maintain six feet of social distance.

A Message from Hawthorn Woods Police Department: Celebrate Safely

Fireworks Safety Graphic

In an effort to maintain the safety of the residents and visitors to the Village of Hawthorn Woods effective immediately the Hawthorn Woods Police Department has instituted a zero tolerance policy towards illegal fireworks.

Annually, thousands of people are treated in emergency departments for fireworks related injuries in the U.S. Two-thirds of these injuries and in some cases death, occur between June 16 and July 16.

Officers will be vigilant in enforcing the fireworks laws. Citations will be issued with fines ranging from $100 to $750. All illegal fireworks will be confiscated and destroyed properly.

Enjoy Fireworks Safely

The Fourth of July means barbecues and fireworks. It may seem like harmless fun, but fireworks are explosives. Only professionals should handle them.

On average, 280 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the Fourth of July holiday. Follow these tips to prevent injury from fireworks:

  • Leave the lighting to the professionals. Attend fireworks displays.
  • Do not try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited.
  • Keep sparklers away from children. They can burn at temperatures about 2,000 degrees. That is hot enough to melt some metals.

For more information on firework safety, check out the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Fireworks page.