Presented by the Exchange Club of Naperville, in cooperation with the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District, Ribfest was held Wednesday, July 4 through Saturday, July 7, 2018, in Knoch Park in Naperville. Please check back in the coming months for information on the 2019 event.

For more information, visit www.ribfest.net.

Photos courtesy of James Hoch Photography.


One of the largest and most magnificent displays in the Chicagoland area, the Ribfest/Fourth of July fireworks show runs for almost 30 minutes straight and is sure to wow the most fervent fireworks aficionados.

Residents can also tune into the River 95.9 FM to hear a musical simulcast during the fireworks show.

Please remember, the park may close at or around the free entry period due to capacity. Come early!

Traffic Control Plans and Parking Restrictions

Please note the following regarding the Edward Hospital campus and Ribfest:

  • There will be no Ribfest event parking at Edward Hospital.
  • There will be no fireworks viewing area on campus.
  • Alcoholic beverages of any kind are prohibited on campus.
  • When fireworks end on July 5, any traffic leaving Edward's campus via West Street will be held on campus until West Street is re-opened by the Naperville Police.
Shuttle Bus Maps and Parking Locations

Parking near the festival grounds is limited. All attendees are encouraged to utilize Ribfest shuttle buses for access to and from the event.

Daily shuttle service will be available to and from Ribfest. Additional shuttles will be available on July 4 ONLY to and from the Ribfest grounds for the fireworks display.  

Shuttle service times vary; please click on the individual links below to see the hours of operation for that particular location. 

Daily Shuttle Service locations:

Daily Shuttle Drop-Off/Pick-Up Locations at Ribfest

Fourth of July ONLY Shuttle Service locations:

Accessible Entrances

Persons with disabilities and their families may enter at any of the park's main gate entrances.

Identify anyone with a radio or a Ribfest shirt to inquire about assistance to the accessible seating at the stage areas.

Accessible restrooms are available throughout the park.

For detailed information regarding ADA parking, download the Ribfest Accessibility Parking Guide.

Municipal Services

In 2018, the Naperville Municipal Center will be closed on July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday.

Curbside garbage and recycling collection will be delayed by one day throughout the remainder of the week. Please plan accordingly.