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What Fourth of July Means to Me

Home and Business Decorating Contest


Join the City of Elgin in some Summer fun with a decorating contest! Whether it’s gathering with close friends and family, having a barbeque, embracing your neighbors or celebrating a cause, Fourth of July can have a different meaning to different people. This year, residents and businesses can showcase “What Fourth of July Means to Me” by participating in the decorating contest.

The process is simple, review the timeline, rules and terms below then register at the bottom of this page. Have fun and follow the rules to be considered to win some incredible prizes!


June 23 – Registration closes
June 25-28 – Homes must be fully decorated for photographs
July 1-11 – Voting open
July 11 – Voting ends
July 18 – Winners Announced

The Rules

1. Elgin residents only
2. No cost for registration
3. Displays must be visible from the street and only for exterior decorations
4. We encourage you to share our information on your social media to bring in voters
5. Participants are encouraged to send in digital photo of their display to the Elgin Area Convention and Visitors Bureau for promotional purposes
6. Displays DO NOT have to be patriotic in nature to be considered

The Prizes

Place Ranking will be voted on by the community and prizes will be awarded to the top three most voted for displays. Voting will open on July 1 and end July 11. The winners will be announced July 18.

Residential Prizes

Winners will receive a gift card in the amount below to the Elgin home improvement store of the winner’s choice:
Home Depot, Menard’s, Ace Hardware or Blaine’s Farm and Fleet.

First Place – $500
Second Place – $250
Third Place – $100

Business Prizes

Winners will receive paid marketing support with the prize budget below.

First Place – $500
Second Place – $250
Third Place – $100


By submitting the registration form below, you agree to have your registered address shared for creating an interactive map, voting and other promotional purposes. You also agree to have your displays up by June 25-28 for our photographer to help advertise the contest. If your displays are not up for the photographer, your listing in the voting section will not have a picture. By registering, you also agree for us to use the email address provided below to be added to an event email list for the purpose of communications and updates throughout the contest.

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