Racing & Wagering

Racing, Music & Fireworks July 3; Limited General Admission Tix Remain

| Churchill Downs Communications | 07/02/2010 #

The Independence Day holiday weekend is just around the corner and it's not too soon to mark the calendar for Arlington Park's July 3 "Racing, Music and Fireworks" spectacular. The day's festivities will feature the longest and largest fireworks display not only in the Chicagoland area, but also in Arlington Park's storied history.

The day's racing starts at a special twilight post time of 4 p.m. and the racing action - which features the Grade III $100,000 Arlington Oaks - will run nearly seamlessly into a spectacular fireworks display that gets underway at nightfall. In addition, there will be live music on the band stage in the Park by Hi Infidelity throughout the day and into the evening plus a post-race winner's circle performance by the band Jin and Tonic.

The fireworks display, which will run more than 30 minutes, will be synchronized to a mixture of patriotic and popular music, and will encompass the entire infield area of the racecourse.

All reserved seats for this event have been sold out but a limited numver of general admission tickets remain.  It is recommended that fans use Metra rail public transportation to come to Arlington Park.  The show will end in ample time for guests to make the 10:29 train that departs Arlington Park and heads to Ogilvie Station.  Guests heading in the other direction can catch the 11:20 p.m. train toward Harvard.

Visit for a complete schedule of the Union Pacific Northwest Line which will be operating on a regular Saturday schedule. 

 "With the City of Chicago's decision to rework their fireworks program that weekend, we see this as an opportunity to stake claim as the hosting the best and largest fireworks display in the Chicagoland area," said Arlington Park President Roy Arnold. "There will not be a better value in the area that will combine the heart-pounding excitement of Thoroughbred horse racing during the day and a jaw-dropping fireworks show at night."

As a sell-out crowd of more than 30,000 is expected to view the fireworks, purchasing tickets online and in advance is strongly encouraged so guests may ensure that they will have a their ticket reserved for this spectacular event and by doing so save $2 over the price at the gate. It is quite possible that this event will sell out in advance of July 3. General admission for July 3 will be $8 if purchased in advance online but $10 at the gate if supply lasts.

For the first time ever, guests in Arlington's Million Room restaurant and in the Sky Suites will have the opportunity to purchase seats in a special reserved seating area trackside so they can enjoy the races in style and then have a reserved seat with a full view of the fireworks display.

In addition, families and businesses looking to hold a holiday celebration at Arlington Park can choose from a number of Group Sales venues ranging from reserved grandstand seats or executive box seats to a more upscale event in the track's International Room, Million Room or Sky Suites, or guests can purchase an all-inclusive package in our Marquee Tents located on the track apron with a full view of the fireworks display. For complete package details or for more information, guests should contact Arlington Park as follows:

  • General Admission and Tickets 847-385-7427
  • Million Room 847-385-7410
  • Marquee Tents BBQ Bash 847-385-7410 (Reservations can only be made online via
  • Promotions, Activities and Events scheduled for the day 847-385-7801
  • Suites for groups of 16 or more 847-385-7550


    Getting to Arlington Park is easy as the racecourse is located just off Illinois Route 53 at Euclid Avenue and is accessible from I-294 as well as I-90, plus there is a Metra rail stop located adjacent to the racetrack's parking lot.

    The July 3 "Racing, Music & Fireworks" Celebration is just one part of Arlington's long holiday weekend that begins Friday, July 2 with Miller Lite Party in the Park featuring live music by Dave Tamkin & Company. First race and first song Friday, July 2 will be at 3 p.m.

    There will be holiday racing on Sunday, July 4, beginning at 1 p.m. The racing card will be topped by the Grade III $100,000 Chicago Handicap. In addition, there will be Family Day activities in the Park area as well as to celebrate their 100th Anniversary, the Northwest Suburban Alliance Boy Scouts will be in attendance and will feature interactive displays and experiences throughout the facility.

    The weekend will conclude with a special Monday card on July 5 to allow the many who have off work on the Federal holiday a chance to spend the day at the races. Post time is 1 p.m. and there will be Family Day activities in the Park area.