Fest Update April 23rd, 2021:

While the Palatine Jaycees were quite hopeful to be able to bring a full Hometown Fest earlier this year, the COVID-19 trajectory is still very uncertain regarding what reopening phase and regulations will be in effect during the 4th of July celebrations. As opposed to canceling the festival, we have chosen to scale back the activities with the communities’ safety at our forefront. 

Due to the uncertainty of the timeline of reopening, we will be canceling our parade, fireworks display, and live music at the Fred P. Hall Amphitheater. We will also be postponing Family Day activities until later in 2021. We are disappointed to miss some of our favorite parts of the annual 4th of July celebration, but feel this is the best course of action. This was in large part due to being unable to safely contain the crowds at these events as required by the Phase 4 and Bridge Phase of Illinois Statewide Reopening plan.

The Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest committee has been planning this festival for a year and did not come to this decision lightly, but we still look forward to bringing back many patriotic festivities that we all missed in 2020.

This year the fest will still take place at Community Park July 1st-5th with the full carnival; a premier art, craft and business expo on Saturday, July 3rd and Sunday, July 4th; a community showcase of entertainment; food and beverage offerings; a bags tournament; and scavenger hunt during the festival. We are also excited to announce the inaugural Kickoff Kickball tournament leading up to the fest on June 12th with registration opening May 1st. 

We thank you for your understanding and supporting the Palatine Jaycees, and we hope to see you at Hometown Fest this summer! 

Palatine Jaycees Hometown Fest Co-Chairs

Jenny L. and Megan M.

Since 1957, the Palatine Jaycees have proudly partnered with the Village of Palatine and Palatine Park District to host Hometown Fest, Palatine’s Fourth of July Celebration. The festival includes one of the largest fireworks displays in the northwest suburbs, live bands, food vendors, parade, carnival, business expo and craft fair, Family Day and many other family activities.

All state and local guidelines will be followed to ensure a safe festival, and all festival activities are subject to change due to the ever-developing COVID-19 pandemic. Please continue to wear masks and social distance to keep the Palatine community safe!

Proceeds from Hometown Fest benefit Palatine by funding community projects, community grants, high school scholarships, and much more.

To contact us about Hometown Fest, please email us at hometownfest@palatinejaycees.org.

The Palatine Chapter of the Jaycees has more than 100 members and is one of the largest of the 50 chapters throughout Illinois. The Jaycees give individuals ages 21 to 40 the opportunities to develop personal and leadership skills while serving their communities. The Palatine Chapter has been recognized locally and internationally for their efforts.

The Palatine Jaycees currently hold their monthly general meeting virtually on the third Thursday of the month at 7:30 pm and when allowed at Arlington Lanes in Arlington Heights. For further information on the Palatine Jaycees, membership or any of their sponsored events visit http://www.palatinejaycees.org, or email info@palatinejaycees.org.