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Here’s Where To Find Fireworks In Chicago This Fourth Of July — Your Official (And Unofficial) Guide

Here are the best places, official and, er, otherwise, for watching Fourth of July fireworks in Chicago.

Fireworks along the river.
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DOWNTOWN — Chicago’s skies will be full of fireworks in celebration of the Fourth of July come Thursday.

There are fireworks, cruises, picnics and more planned. Navy Pier will be crowded, as always, but there are also some, er, “unofficial” shows across the city.

Here’s where you can celebrate:

Downtown/The Loop

Fireworks Tour
When: Starts at 7:15 p.m.
Where: Starts at 1220 W. LeMoyne Ave., but kayakers paddle to Navy Pier

Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute
When: 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion,  201 E. Randolph St.

Mercury 3D Fireworks Cruise
When: Departs 8 p.m.
Where: 112 E. Wacker Drive

Navy Pier Concert With the PriSSillas and Midnight Rider
When: 2-9:30 p.m.
Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier

Navy Pier Fireworks
When: 9:30-9:45 p.m. (though the gates open at 10 a.m.)
Where: Navy Pier

Mystic BlueOdyssey and Spirit of Chicago Fourth of July cruises
When: Varies depending on the cruise
Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Offshore’s Fourth of July fireworks viewing party
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: east end of Navy Pier

Shoreline Sightseeing cruises
When: Varies
Where: Varies


Edgebrook Community Parade, Picnic and Concert
When: Starts at 11 a.m.
Where: Wildwood Park, 6950 N. Hiawatha Ave.


Saddle & Cycle Club fireworks
When: 9 p.m.
Where: Club members and their guests can watch from the club at 900 W. Foster Ave. Those who aren’t members can watch from the surrounding area.

Hyde Park

4th on 53rd Parade
When: Starts at 11 a.m.
Where: The parade starts near 54th Street and Lake Park Avenue and ends at Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St.
Read more: Hyde Park’s Independence Day Parade Needs Volunteers, Donations

Irving Park

Independence Day Celebration
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Lincoln Park

Chicago History Museum 60th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
When: A series of events kick off at 10 a.m. with a singing of the National Anthem. The museum will be free for Illinois residents noon-4:30 p.m.
Where: 1601 N. Clark St.


North Mayfair Fourth of July Parade
When: 9-11:30 a.m.
Where: Palmer Elementary School, 5051 N. Kenneth Ave.


Fourth of July Parade and Picnic
When: Starts 9:30 a.m.
Where: Thorndale and Kostner

Unofficial Fireworks Displays

These displays might not be official, but they’ve popped up in the past and usually start at sundown. Know of one we’re missing? Email us at

Horner Park
Where: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Humboldt Park
Where: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Legion Park
Where: 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Mozart Park
Where: 2036 N. Avers Ave.

Rogers Park
Where: Between Albion and Farwell avenues

Sheridan Park
Where: 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Smith Park
Where: 2526 W. Grand Ave.

Welles Park
Where: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Winnemac Park
Where: Winnemac Park, 5101 N. Leavitt St.

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