For the first time in more than a half century, Joliet’s popular fireworks show will take to the skies from a brand new location, just a short drive from historic Route 66.
Since the early 1950s, the city has hosted its annual Independence Day fireworks display at the Joliet Memorial Stadium, a 10,000-seat, open-air event space. This Sunday, July 4, the city will host the show at the nearby Joliet Junior College main campus, conveniently located just off Interstate 80 and a short drive from downtown Joliet on Route 52.
From local residents to visitors exploring The First Hundred Miles of Route 66, all are welcome to attend the family-friendly fireworks show. Gates will open at 6 p.m. Sunday, with the fireworks expected to kick off at 9:15 p.m. No entrance will be permitted after 9 p.m. for safety purposes.
Event officials request guests use the main entrance off Houbolt–Elmer Rowley Drive. Centennial Drive/Rich Rivera Way is restricted to emergency vehicle use only.
General parking will be available in east parking lots 1-6, as well as south lots 2, 3 and 4. East lot 1 is reserved. While all JJC buildings will be closed for public access during the event, portable restrooms will be available on-site. Alcohol consumption and grilling are forbidden at both the event site and parking areas.
Guests are free to bring chairs and blankets to sit on while watching the fireworks show, which will be launched from the open area near the centrally located Zales Arboretum of the community college. While the arboretum area will be closed for safety reasons, guests will be able to sit in the nearby open areas of grass and parking lots for a great view.
In preparation for the change of location, the city of Joliet has posted all the event guidelines and a parking map for the Fourth of July fireworks at joliet.gov/visitors/4th-of-july. Joliet Junior College is at 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.
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