St. Charles Fourth of July fireworks show to be bigger than ever

Part of festivities at Pottawatomie Park

After being cancelled last year because of the pandemic, the St. Charles Park District’s Fourth of July show will be bigger than ever.

The 20-minute show is presented by the St. Charles Park District in cooperation with the city of St. Charles and local sponsors. The fireworks show is free and will be the capstone to the festivities at Pottawatomie Park, located at 8 North Ave.

“Based on the amount of viewing space in Pottawatomie, we feel that we can accommodate the crowd that we’re anticipating,” St. Charles Park District Superintendent of Recreation Mike Kies said. “We are going to be this year promoting some other areas that they can watch the fireworks from. We’re going to let people know that you don’t have to come down to the park to see the fireworks and that there’s other places to watch the show. In the park, we’ll be encouraging physically distancing. We’re really encouraging people to watch from all areas of St. Charles, not just the park here.”

Other places to view the fireworks show include Pottawatomie Golf Course, Ferson Creek Park, Richmond School grassy area off Oak Street, St. Charles North High School parking lot and anywhere downtown St. Charles. Prior to the start of the fireworks show, the band Soda will perform starting at 6 p.m. in the park’s pavilion.

Pottawatomie Park opens at dawn and picnic tables are available on a first-come/first-served basis Several food truck vendors will be onsite and snacks will be available for purchase at the River View Miniature Golf Course refreshme stand, which will stay open until 9:15 p.m.

The fireworks will be launched from Boy Scout Island. In the case of inclement weather, the fireworks show will be held the next available evening.

More information is available at the St. Charles Park District’s website,

Eric Schelkopf

Eric Schelkopf covers St. Charles and writes entertainment stories for the Kane County Chronicle.