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All You Need to Know About This Weekend's Rockin' Ribfest, Fourth of July Fireworks

The Rockin' Ribfest in Naperville will run July 3 through July 6. Naperville Patch has information on the entertainment schedule, list of participating vendors, parking and shuttle services and more.

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Ribfest will soon return to Naperville. 

The festival will bring four days of delicious ribs, entertainment and Fourth of July festivities to Knoch Park in Naperville. Gates will be open noon to 10 p.m. daily Thursday, July 3, through Sunday, July 6 for this year's Ribfest. 

Headliners at this year's Ribfest will include: The Bodeans, starting at 8:30 p.m. on July 3; Love and Theft at 6:30 p.m. on July 4; Roger Hodson, the singer/songwriter of Supertramp, will start at 8:30 p.m. on July 5; and George Thorogood and The Destroyers will play at 8:30 p.m. on July 6. 

Several other musical acts will take the stage at the Ribfest — the full schedule of music entertainment can be found on the Ribfest website. 

And, of course, there will be plenty of ribs to taste-taste at the festival. A full list of vendors can be viewed here. If you are looking for the best of the best, you can check out the vendors that won for the "Best Ribs" or the "Best Sauce" at past Naperville Ribfests online

Another highlight of the festival will be the Fourth of July Fireworks display, which is one of the largest in the Chicago area. The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. on July 4 and free public access entry will begin at 7:30 p.m. You can get more information about the fireworks on the Ribfest website and more information about parking and shuttle locations on the city of Naperville website or below.

The shuttle map can also be viewed in the map above. 

New this year, the Ribfest will host its El Dia de Los Hispanos with special musical entertainment and family activities. Read more online.

General admission tickets to the Ribfest are $15 per person and children 11 years old and younger are free. A family fun time special admission is available from none to 3 p.m. each day and is $10 per person. All tickets will be available on-line or at the gate (as long as they are available)

More information on this year's Ribfest can be found online. 

The following information was submitted by the city of Naperville 

City Reminds Residents of Road Closures, Parking, Shuttle Service and Accessibility Plans for Ribfest

The City of Naperville reminds all residents and interested parties of the upcoming street closures, parking restrictions, shuttle locations and accessibility plans that will be in effect throughout Ribfest, taking place from Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6.

There will be several road closures and no parking zones in effect for the duration of the event, as well as additional closures and restrictions on Friday, July 4. The details regarding dates, times and locations of these closures and parking restrictions can be found on color-coded maps located on the City’s website at www.naperville.il.us/ribfest.aspx.

Ribfest General Information

Sponsored by the Exchange Club, Ribfest will be held in Knoch Park from noon to 10 p.m. Thursday, July 3 through Sunday, July 6. The event features rib vendors from across the nation, as well as many additional food vendors, attractions and musical entertainment.

The gates of Ribfest may close at any time due to crowd density or any other public safety reason. This is the decision of the City of Naperville Police Department in conjunction with Ribfest leadership.

Remote Parking and Shuttle Locations

Visitors are encouraged to use the free public shuttles available on all days of Ribfest, as parking around the Ribfest grounds is limited. Shuttles will run to and from several remote parking locations throughout Naperville.

Additional shuttle service will be provided on Friday, July 4 at several more locations. For a complete list of shuttle locations and hours, visit www.naperville.il.us/ribfest.aspx.

As a reminder, there is no Ribfest event parking at Edward Hospital. In addition, there will be no fireworks viewing area on the hospital campus. Ribfest attendees should also note that alcoholic beverages and fireworks of any kind are prohibited on the hospital campus. A parking restrictions map showing dates and times of hospital entrance/exit closures is available to view atwww.naperville.il.us/ribfest.aspx.

Accessible Parking, Drop-Off Location, Entrances and Seating Areas
The primary parking for vehicles displaying a disabled parking placard is located at All Saints Academy, 1155 Aurora Ave., between River Road and West Street. Shuttle buses will be available from this location throughout Ribfest.

Vehicles displaying a disabled parking placard or license plates may drop off individuals with disabilities and their companions in the shuttle drop-off area located on West Street south of Martin Avenue or in front of the north gate on Hillside Road. There is no parking at this location.

Limited accessible parking will also be available on Martin Avenue. Vehicles with a disabled parking placard or license plate will be allowed access until spaces are full. Limited parking for those vehicles with a disabled parking placard or license plate will be located at Naperville Central High School. The entrance for this lot will be Hillside Avenue at West Street.

Accessible parking is available in all of the parking lots and parking decks throughout downtown Naperville, as well as on some of the streets. Limited accessible parking is also available at the Municipal Center parking deck, located at 400 S. Eagle St. There is no shuttle service from these locations to the Ribfest grounds.

Individuals with disabilities and their families may enter Ribfest at any of the park’s main gate entrances. 


Accessible restrooms will be available throughout the park. If additional assistance is needed with locating any accessible feature, individuals with a red Ribfest shirt and radios will be on the grounds to provide assistance. Two accessible viewing areas are available at Ribfest. For more information, visit www.ribfest.net.

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