Guide to a Fun-Filled July 4th in Chicago
Ready to celebrate our nation’s independence? Do it in style in Chicago and enjoy summer’s biggest holiday, with events honoring our country and freedom. From the fireworks at the Navy Pier to the cool music at Millennium Park, there’s so much going on for July 4th, and many great events to choose from. Let’s take a look at the can’t-miss ones.
Independence Day Salute
If you love a little music with your fireworks and July 4th celebration, then prepare for a sensory overload. Conductor Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra observe the birth of our nation with exciting marches and patriotic anthems.
The Pritzker Pavilion will come alive with the sounds of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture, Sousa’s Stars and Stripes Forever, the Armed Forces Salute, and a whole lot more.
It’s two hours well-spent with the Grant Park Orchestra, featuring conductor Bell, Mary Stolper on flute, and John Orduna on baritone. Can’t catch the show in person? It will be broadcast live on 98.7 WFMT and can be the perfect backdrop to your July 4th barbecue.
Navy Pier Fireworks
Nothing says July 4th like fireworks, and in Chicago, nothing says fireworks like the Navy Pier. It’s the best spot to check out the pyrotechnics, with the fireworks display set up to be perfectly in sync with patriotic music. There will be plenty of activities and fun things to check out all day long at the Pier, with live music at the beer garden, too.
Of course, the Navy Pier will be busy on July 4th, so be sure to plan accordingly and arrive early if you have advance tickets for other events or reservations for dinner or cruises. Even if you can’t make it on the 4th, the fireworks roll on all summer long, with free displays every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day.
Celebrate July 4th the Right Way
No matter what your July 4th will consist of, there are many great events around Chicago worth checking out. Celebrate our nation’s independence and make it a fun night out, too!