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 live bands, food vendors, adult beverages( beer, wine and hard seltzers), carnival, business expo and craft fair, Family Day and many other family activities.

The Festival is located in Palatine Community Park at 262 E Palatine Road, Palatine IL.

We are unable to have fireworks and parade in 2021 due to the covid reopening timeline and necessary time for approvals and permits. We look forward to bringing these back next year!

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

2021 Hometown Fest 50/50 Raffle! Buy tickets today for a chance to win some festive fun money July 4th!

Ticket sales close July 4th at 8pm. Winner will be randomly selected and announced at July 4th 9:30pm entertainment stage announcements and social media! Winner need not be present to win!

This is an online only raffle and tickets can be purchased at the below link.

Free Vaccine Event; Sunday July 4th and Monday July 5th from 3pm-5pm!

The Palatine Jaycees are partnering with the Illinois Department of Public Health to provide Johnson and Johnson(only 1 dose needed) vaccines to the public free of charge. Come get a vaccine and get a voucher for a free beer or soda! Walkups are welcome but registration is encouraged to secure your spot!

Hometown Fest 2021 Scavenger Hunt!

We are excited to bring back the scavenger hunt in 2021 for a fun way to explore the fest! Registration is free! Download the Actionbound App on your device and search Hometown Fest 2021 to begin! When finished remember to upload bound to be entered to win the cash prize and other prizes from the Palatine Jaycees. Full instructions here!

Festival Rules:

No Outside Food, Alcohol or Coolers allowed. No dogs allowed on park property during Hometown Fest, except for service dogs. No concealed weapons allowed at Hometown Fest.

Please Drink responsibly! ALL Patrons will be required to show a government or state ID with birthdate. We reserve the right to card and/or refuse service.

Unvaccinated patrons are encouraged to wear masks in crowds.


Parking around Hometown fest is primarily street parking in the many surrounding residential streets. Parking lots are also available at the following locations with limited availability: Palatine Family Aquatic Center, Downtown Palatine( 5-10 minute walk). Handicap parking is available on the west side of village hall. The fest is also a roughly 10-15 minute walk from the Palatine Metra Station.

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, or email