Spend your Fourth of July holiday under the stars at the 15th Annual Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks on Monday, July 4, 2022 at Deerpath Community Park.

This year's music entertainment is Tommy DeCarlo, singer of Boston with special guest Rudy Cardenas of American Idol performing the classic hits of Boston & Journey. Two great concerts, all the classic hits, and all the memories in one unforgettable evening!

After the show, enjoy the greatest fireworks display on the North Shore set to an amazing playlist of patriotic music. Gates open at 5:00 pm and the fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 pm. Online tickets go on sale May 1st at 10:00 a.m. Buy your tickets early - prices increase on June 20th.

This fun family event is brought to you by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation.

Purchase Tickets / More Info

Ticket Details:

Single Ticket Prices:
  • Lake Forest/Lake Bluff residents: $25
    Price increases to $30 on June 20th at 8 AM
  • Non-residents: $30
    Price increases to $35 on June 20th at 8 AM
  • Kids under 5 are free.
VIP Passes & Packages:
  • VIP Adult Pass: $125 (Includes admission, catered food and beverages)
    Price increases to $150 on June 20th at 8 AM
  • VIP Youth Pass: $50 (15 and under. Must be accompanied by VIP Adult Pass)
    Price increases to $75 on June 20th at 8 AM
  • BEST DEAL! VIP Family Pass: $350 (Includes 2 Adult and 2 Child VIP passes, 1 Premier parking pass- a $400 value)
    Price increases to $400 on June 20th at 8 AM
Parking:
  • Parking Pass: $20 - Day of event only, as space is available (cash only)
  • Premier Parking Pass: $50 - Online presale only, as space is available

This is a "Rain or Shine" event. All tickets sales are non-refundable.

All proceeds after festival expenses are used to support programs of the Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Department. Thank you for your support!

This year's music entertainment is Tommy DeCarlo, singer of Boston with special guest Rudy Cardenas of American Idol performing the classic hits of Boston & Journey. Two great concerts, all the classic hits, and all the memories in one unforgettable evening!

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Tommy DeCarlo is the singer of the legendary rock band Boston. Tommy has performed on every Boston tour since 2007 playing to sold out audiences all over the world. This show closes with a full set of Boston classic hits from the 1970's and 80's with a top band of touring professionals featuring August Zadra on lead guitar/vocals (Dennis DeYoung Band) plus Walter Ino on keyboards/guitar/vocals (Survivor/The Babys), Mike Morales on drums (Dennis DeYoung Band), Tommy DeCarlo Jr. on guitar/vocals and Payton Velligan on bass/vocals.

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The two set show starts with Rudy Cardenas of American Idol and a full set of Journey classic hits including the hits from both the Steve Perry and Gregg Rolie eras. Rudy has had a long relationship with Journey music starting in 2007 when he debuted on season 6 American Idol singing "Open Arms" on national TV.


Watch the videos:

Tommy DeCarlo Boston Singer since 2007

Tommy DeCarlo

Rudy Cardenas American Idol Singer

Rudy Cardenas


Food and beverages will be available for purchase, or you may bring your own.

We recommend that you bring cash - the closest ATM is located in downtown Lake Forest, a 5-10 minute walk from the park.

In our kids area there are inflatables, rides, and carnival games to keep them busy and entertained!

The event is held at Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest, IL.

Created by the Friends of Lake Forest Parks and Recreation Foundation in 2006, the Lake Forest Festival and Fireworks is an annual community event and fundraiser completely run by volunteers to provide a safe and fun environment for families celebrating Independence Day.

Over the years we have brought in award-winning entertainers including The Village People, Dennis DeYoung, KC and the Sunshine Band, Eddie Money, Rick Springfield, Wynonna, and Lou Gramm. We are so grateful to our sponsors who have helped make this event a huge hit!

If you would like to be a sponsor for this year's festival or other future events, please visit our Support page.