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Stars, Stripes, and Disco: 17th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks Set for July 4

By Cameron Wacker

Celebrate your Fourth of July holiday with friends and family at the 17th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks on Thursday, July 4, at Deerpath Community Park. This family event is brought to you by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation.

This year’s music features opening act The Shagadelics (70’s rock band) at 6 pm and headliner Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute at 8 pm. To finish off the night, enjoy fantastic fireworks under the stars. The event will have food and drinks for purchase, and you are also welcome to bring your own. For those who just want to enjoy the fireworks, the gates open at 9:15 pm.

“The Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks is one of my favorite family events, and we are thrilled to be back at Deerpath Community Park,” said event director and Friends Foundation member Rick Amos. “I am excited for this year’s performers to bring back the spirit of the ’70s and ’80s, surely making it an unforgettable night. We invite you to join us for great music, food, and fireworks to celebrate the Fourth with your family and friends.”



5:00 pm – Gates open

6:00 pm – The Shagadelics: 

8:00 pm – Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute: 

9:40 pm – Fireworks Display


Tickets and Parking

  • Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate on July 4.

  • Lake Forest/Lake Bluff residents: $30 (Kids under 5 are free)

  • Non-residents: $35

  • VIP Adult Pass: $150 (Includes admission, catered food, and beverages)

  • VIP Youth Pass: $75 (15 and under. Must be accompanied by VIP Adult Pass)

  • BEST DEAL! VIP Family Pass: $400 (Includes 2 Adult and 2 Child VIP passes, 1 Premier parking pass)

  • Parking Pass: $20 - Day of event only as space is available (cash only)

  • Premier Parking Pass: $50 - Online presale only as space is available

For the safety of the community and to protect the turf, the following are not allowed: fireworks/sparklers, grills/open flames (sterno, candles), smoking or vaping, pets, tents, tent stakes (use cones to mark your designated area), chairs without padded feet, and firearms.

Dancing Queen: An ABBA Salute, is the ultimate tribute to ABBA's music—sure to capture the hearts of fans and audiences of all ages! This live show is full of musical precision, fabulous flair, and fashion and promises a mesmerizing ABBA experience for every Chiquitita, Super Trouper, Fernando, and Dancing Queen. 

The Shagadelics, one of Chicago’s top Disco bands, brings you back to the 70s with groovy tunes. This talented group of four never fails to dress to impress, bringing flare pants and afros back into style. The band performs a range of 70’s classics, so get ready to disco and dance the night away with The Shagadelics!


The event’s proceeds support the improvement of Lake Forest Parks & Recreation Department’s programs, services, facilities, and need-based activity scholarships. Throughout the year, the Friends organize various family-friendly events, including the Annual Fred Jackson Golf Classic, Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks, and the Tree Lighting Holiday Celebration, providing substantial funding to help expand recreational programming and enhance parks in our community. Visit our website,, for more information.


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