Independence Day in Chicago is just around the corner. There are many different ways to celebrate in the Windy City and view some of the best celebrations of the red, white and blue! People who are just visiting or longtime residents gather in city or suburbs to enjoy festivities that salute our nation.
Navy Pier Fireworks: Cost is free and the show is a special holiday display that takes place along the lakefront downtown. The display consists of pyrotechnics and fireworks that light up the Chicago night sky. Patriotic music plays in the background that helps make the fireworks even more rememberable.
Grant Park Music Festival: From 6:30-8:00 p.m. come out to Grant Park to listen to patriotic music such as; the 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever and many other favorites. This annual concert takes place in Millennium Park at 201 E. Randolph St. inside the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Miss the concert on July 4th? Come to the South Shore Cultural Center located at 7059 S. South Shore Drive for an encore performance.
Freedom Fest 2017 at Navy Pier: This annual Fourth of July event is one of the best ways to celebrate with friends and family of all ages. There is no better way to view Lake Michigan, Chicago and all the other Chicago sites then on top of the 27,000 sq. foot Navy Pier rooftop. For $39 per person, you will enjoy delicious BBQ foods, live DJ and spectacular views of all the surrounding firework celebrations. The party begins at 6:30 and ends at 11:00 p.m.
Spirit of Chicago Independence Day Cruises: If seeing the fireworks out on the water is more your way to celebrate, then the Spirit of Chicago cruise is perfect. The cost is $149.90 and includes: a three course buffet, open bar, DJ, dancing, games and patriotic decorations. The cruise lasts for three hours with the fireworks being the perfect ending to a fabulous night. Arrive by 7:00 p.m. to board and the cruise leaves at 7:30 and returns at 10:30 p.m.
Frontier Days Festival: This annual event takes place at Recreation Park in Arlington Heights, 500 E. Miner Street. Fun for families and people of all ages, come out to hear live music, enjoy the many varieties of items to eat in the food pavilion, a carnival, beer and wine garden and a parade on July 4th.
Naperville Rib Fest: Come out to Knoch Park in Naperville for one Chicago’s most magnificent fireworks display. The fireworks are scheduled for Monday, July 3 at 9:30 p.m. and last for about 30 minutes. Come early with family and friends to enjoy some of the best BBQ food in all of Chicagoland. Even if you aren’t a rib fan, there are plenty of other food options to enjoy.
Here is a list of some other areas that present fireworks:
- Six Flags Great America: Fireworks begin at dusk
- Glencoe July 4 Celebration: 9:00 p.m. at Lakefront Park at 55 Hazel Ave.
- Evanston 4th of July: Located at Sheridan Rd and Church St and begin at 9:15 p.m.
- Buffalo Grove Independence Day Fireworks: Begin at dusk at the Village Hall Campus on 50 Raupp Blvd.
There are so many wonderful and festive Fourth of July celebrations in Chicago and adjoining suburbs. Let us know in the comments below how you and your family celebrate the Fourth of July.
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