Chicago celebrates the 4th of July like no other city. Every area is filled with festivities and events for everyone of all ages. To help guide you on your journey of fun, here are some Independence Day celebrations that you can enjoy close to home. These annual Chicago celebrations are popular for a reason, and residents are glad to see them returning at full strength this year.
Official Fireworks Displays
Navy Pier Celebration: The official Navy Pier 4th of July extravaganzas are iconic and nationally known. This year, you can attend firework shows on July 2nd and July 4th. You can expect large crowds, but you can also expect a spectacular display. Most shows start at 9 p.m. but please look at the times on the website.
4th on 53rd Parade & Picnic: The traditional Chicago celebration 4th on 53rd returns this year, complete with parade staging and bike decorating before the parade begins. The lively procession ends at Nichols Park, where visitors can feast on their favorite picnic foods and join in a variety of fun activities.
Grant Park Music Festival: Start your celebration on Saturday, July 2nd, with an Independence Day Salute as part of the Grant Park Music Festival. Get inspired by classic patriotic tunes, including the Armed Forces Salute, the 1812 Overture, and The Stars and Stripes Forever. The event is free and family-friendly.
Unofficial Fireworks Displays
Winnemac Park – 5101 N. Leavitt St.
One of the largest and most popular neighborhood fireworks events occurs at Winnemac Park. Arrive early to grab a spot, and keep in mind that the baseball fields are where the fireworks are lit, so you’ll want to give them a wide berth. Neighbors on each baseball field compete with self-purchased fireworks, and the friendly competition means more for spectators to enjoy. The displays start around sunset and end at 10 p.m.
More Options for Unofficial Displays
- Horner Park – 2741 W. Montrose Ave.
- Humboldt Park – 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.
- Legion Park – 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
- Mozart Park – 2036 N. Avers Ave.
- Rogers Park – Between Albion and Farwell avenues
- Sheridan Park – 910 S. Aberdeen St.
- Smith Park – 2526 W. Grand Ave.
- Welles Park – 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
For those who want to keep it simple, easy and close to home, grab some fresh, local farmer’s market fare at the Glenwood Sunday Market on July 3rd and set up your celebratory picnic. The market has everything from fresh fruit and veggies to prepared foods and baked goods. You’ll be supporting local farms and businesses as part of your celebration.
However you celebrate, we wish you a safe and happy 4th of July weekend!