Champaign Urbana IL residents have no shortage of events to celebrate our Nation's birthday. Check these opportunities to celebrate Independence Day:

July 1:

’1787: We the People’: We The People, a Champaign Urbana, locally written musical, debuts at the Virginia Theatre. It's a perfect start to your 4th of July festivities as it addresses the writing  of the U.S. Constitution . Nightly performances take place, from June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 3. Tickets range from $10 to $18; with a family package available for only $45. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event!

Tuscola Sparks in the Park: Tuscola’s provides two days of festivities, July 1 and 2. July 1st fun includes swimming, baseball, bands and inflatables.The Independence Day parade kicks off at 5 p.m., at the corner of Main Street and North Central Avenue and goes north on Main Street, through Ervin Park. End your day with fireworks at dusk.

Monticello Freedom Celebration: Monticello celebrates for three days, July 1 through July 3. Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. in Downtown Monticello, check out Chow on the Town, Car Show, First Friday on the Square, Monticello Movie Night and more.

July 2:

C'mon kids, Decorate Your Bike: Free! Head to Cherry Alley / the Urbana Free Library at 11 a.m. to prepare your bike for 4th of July. Decorations and streamers will be available. If it rains or gets too hot,  come to the library’s Lewis Auditorium.

’1787: We the People’: We The People, a Champaign Urbana, locally written musical, debuts at the Virginia Theatre. It's a perfect start to your 4th of July festivities as it addresses the writing  of the U.S. Constitution . Nightly performances take place, from June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 3. Tickets range from $10 to $18; with a family package available for only $45. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event!

Tuscola Sparks in the Park: Tuscola’s festivities end July 2. Saturday’s fun begins with the American Legion pancake breakfast and 5K run/walk. After that, there's something for everyone. Check out, the mud-volleyball and basketball tournaments, the kiddie tractor pull, and  more. The Tuscola Community Band will end the day with an entertaining 4th of July concert.

Rantoul: The Rantoul Chamber of Commerce Presents“best post-race party ever” with the 5K Rockin The Runway 2nd Annual Firecracker Classic at the Rantoul National Aviation Center’s Frank Elliott Field. There will be fun for everyone, before and after the race.Bring the whole family to enjoy; inflatables for the kids, games, food, bands, auto-cross races, and the car show. The Independence Day Celebration will end appropriately with a Patriotic fireworks show. Admission is $5 per person for ages 14 and over, with runners, walkers and veterans receiving free admission.

Arthur’s Freedom Celebration: Star off at the parade, which begins at the Mennonite Church Parking Lot on East Illinois St. at 1 p.m. After the last horn passes, get to the fairgrounds and enjoy the food stands; and celebrate something truly American at the baseball tournament. Don't forget the Helicopter rides by Central Illinois Air trips, from Mattoon. Flying begins at approximately 4 p.m.and costs $ 20 per person. End the day with one of the largest fireworks shows in central Illinois. This awesome display, includes some of the biggest exploding shells in the country. The 2010 fireworks crowd for this small-town celebration was estimated to be more than 30,000 people!  

Monticello Freedom Celebration: Enjoy 3 days of FUN in Monticello! From July 1 through July 3, Monticello celebrates freedom. Head Downtown Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., to experience, the Taste of Monticello, Antique Tractor Show, Monticello Back in Time Games, vendors and displays. See  performances by The Brass Band of Central Illinois and II Ton Heavy Thing; and be sure to attend the Celebration Parade at 2 p.m.

July 3:

’1787: We the People’: We The People, a Champaign Urbana, locally written musical, debuts at the Virginia Theatre. It's a perfect start to your 4th of July festivities as it addresses the writing  of the U.S. Constitution . Nightly performances take place, from June 30-July 2 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on July 3. Tickets range from $10 to $18; with a family package available for only $45. Come out and enjoy this family friendly event!

Monticello Freedom Celebration: From July 1 through July 3, come out to Monticello for three days of fun. Sunday, from noon to 11 p.m. at Lodge Park, enjoy vendors, games, bands and more. Come and enjoy ta day at the park and one of the greatest fireworks shows in the Champaign Urbana Area!

July 4:

Champaign pools: Head to Sholem Aquatic Center (1- 8 p.m.) and Spalding Pool (1-6pm) on July 4 for 4th of July games and activities,all day, at both locations. Some activities include the watermelon eating contest, cannonball contest and trivia games. Normal admission fees apply.

Champaign County Freedom Celebration:  Champaign County Parade and Fireworks are a BLAST! The Parade starts at 1:05 p.m near at First and Kirby in Champaign, and continues east on Kirby/Florida, then moves north on Lincoln. Come out to Dodds Park, near Parkland College in Champaign, for evening entertainment, music, food vendors and fun kids activities; before and after the fireworks. Fireworks will begin about 9:20 p.m. Admission is FREE.

Freedom Fest, Lake of the Woods Park, Mahomet. Kids’ activities, food, live entertainment, fireworks at dusk. $1 per person, children 5 and under free. (Rain date is July 5.)

Bement: The Bement Community Council’s 4th of July Freedom Celebration’s theme is “Supporting the Military Community”. Parade at 2 p.m; games and vendors at Forest Preserve following parade until dusk; fireworks begin at dusk. Live DJ 9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m. at Forest Preserve park.

Clinton Fourth of July Celebration: FREE Fireworks begin at dusk; Near Clinton High School/Junior High School, Clinton;

Homer Fourth of July Celebration: The Homer 4th of July festivities take place near Village Hall. Parade at 5:30 p.m.; The “carTunes” Community Summer Band and the “Singin’ in the CAR-us” Community Summer Chorus concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m.; and Fireworks at dusk. Free.

Rantoul: The Chamber of Commerce will present a holiday parade at 10 a.m.; parade route will start at the corner of Maplewood Drive and U.S. 136.

Paxton Old-Fashioned July 4th Celebration: The Paxton fun day (includes children’s parade) at Pells Park with fireworks at dusk; free.