Arlington International Racecourse Fireworks Are Sunday July 1, 2018 with Wayne Messmer National Anthem

Chicagoland fireworks 2011

Arlington International Racecourse is preparing to host its annual spectacular Fireworks Day extravaganza featuring live racing with a special first post at 4:15 pm, entertainment, and Independence Day celebrations culminating with a dazzling fireworks show at dusk on Sunday, July 1, 2018.

Arlington reports the 2018 fireworks show will be the longest in the history of the Arlington show, lasting over 30 minutes and accompanied by music. New reserved seating outside the winner’s circle has been added due to high demand for premium views of the fireworks.

Festivities offered on Family Day include Independence Day Crafts & Fun in The Park, jockey goggle giveaways, face painting and entertainment for kids. Wayne Messmer, best known for singing the National Anthem at Chicago Cubs games, will deliver a powerful rendition as Arlington pays tribute to a pair of World War II heroes.

To purchase tickets and reserved seating for the best fireworks show in Chicagoland, guests may visit

Chicagoland fireworks.

Arlington International Racecourse – the Chicago area’s premier Thoroughbred racetrack located in Arlington Heights, Ill. – will run a 70-day meet in 2018 from Friday, May 4 through September 22. Arlington International Racecourse, whose parent company is Churchill Downs Incorporated (Nasdaq: CHDN), also operates 10 off-track, simulcast-wagering facilities in Aurora, Chicago, Hoffman Estates, Waukegan, Villa Park, Rockford, Hodgkins, McHenry, Green Oaks and Orland Hills. Arlington International Racecourse is a proud member of America’s Best Racing. Information on Arlington International Racecourse and Trackside OTB can be found online at, on Facebook at and, and on Twitter at @Arlington_Park for the latest happenings, @arlingtonracing for the latest racing news and @tracksideotb for all things pertaining to off-track wagering.



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Arlington Park Fireworks & National Anthem, Star Spangled Banner (Arlington Park 2011).