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:
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
Offshore’s Fourth of July fireworks viewing party
When: 7-10 p.m.
Where: east end of Navy Pier
Shoreline Sightseeing cruises
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.
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
Independence Day Celebration
When: 10 a.m.-noon
Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.
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 email@example.com:
Where: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.
Where: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.
Where: 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.
Where: 2036 N. Avers Ave.
Where: Between Albion and Farwell avenues
Where: 910 S. Aberdeen St.
Where: 2526 W. Grand Ave.
Where: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.
Where: Winnemac Park, 5101 N. Leavitt St.
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