Booze Cruise Chicago Party Boat hosts several two-and-a-half hour boat tours on Lake Michigan throughout Independence Day, including three separate booze cruises depending on when you like to drink: day, afternoon, or night. Each cruise features a live DJ, dancing, food and drinks, and a post-cruise afterparty. Mon 7/4, times vary, see website, Lake Michigan, chicagopartyboat.com, $20-$60.
Evanston Fourth of July Twilight Concert and Fireworks The Palatine Concert Band plays patriotic music from 7:30-9 PM followed by a fireworks display launched from Clark Street Beach. Mon 7/4, 9:15 PM, Sheridan and Church, Evanston, evanston4th.org, free.
Fourth of July in Glen Ellyn A parade filled with music and floats starts on Ellyn Avenue and heads west on Crescent Boulevard. Following the parade, activities include an obstacle course, music, dancing, and carnival games. Fireworks kick off at dusk. Mon 7/4, noon, Lake Ellyn, Glen Ellyn, glenellyn4thofjuly.org, free.
Glenview Fourth of July The 100-piece Northshore Concert Band performs patriotic tunes at Gallery Park, followed by fireworks set off from the middle of Lake Glenview. Public areas to view are located to the west, south, and north of the lake. Mon 7/4, 7 PM, Patriot and Chestnut, Glenview, glenview.il.us, free.
Itasca Fourth of July Celebration Pat McKillen and Maggie Speaks kick off the festivities at 7 PM with live music at Hamilton Lakes, followed by a 25-minute fireworks show. Mon 7/4, 9:45 PM, 500 Park, Itasca, itasca.com, free, $25 on-site parking.