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Fireworks, Shows, Parades And Parties: Your Guide On Where To Celebrate Fourth Of July In Chicago

There will be plenty of festivities Saturday and Sunday, including some unofficial fireworks shows that will be worth your time.

Chicagoans set off fireworks across the city last year on the Fourth of July.
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CHICAGO — The city has reopened. And Fourth of July lands on a Sunday this year. That means there will be a full weekend of festivities across Chicago. In a late-day surprise Friday, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced a Saturday fireworks show, though the city didn’t reveal where the fireworks will be shot off.

Some events are selling out quickly. Here’s where you can eat, drink, cruise and watch fireworks this holiday weekend:

Downtown/The Loop

Chicago Fireworks

  • When: 9:30 p.m. Saturday
  • Where: They will be visible along the lakefront from Grand Avenue to at least 55th Street.

Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute

  • When: 6:30-8 p.m. Friday and Saturday
  • Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

Mystic Blue, Odyssey and Spirit of Chicago Fourth of July Cruises

  • When: Times vary Sunday
  • Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Chicago Pier Pressure Pre-July 4th Yacht Party

  • When: Board 11 p.m Saturday
  • Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Fourth of July Chicago River Cruise with Chicago Family Cruises

  • When: 9:30-10:45 a.m. Sunday
  • Where: Island Time, 355 Chicago Riverwalk

360 Chicago Observation Deck

  • When: 6-11 p.m. Friday to Sunday
  • Where: 875 N. Michigan Avenue, 94th Floor

Chicago Fire vs. Atlanta United (Fireworks night)

  • When: Game at 7 p.m Saturday, fireworks at dusk
  • Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Museum Campus Drive

Hyde Park

4th on 53rd Independence Day Celebration

  • When: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Nichols Park, 1355 E. 53rd St.

The “Finally Free” Holiday Party

  • When: 3 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: The Promontory, 5311 S. Lake Park Avenue West

South Shore

Rainbow Beach Park 4th of July Public Celebration

  • When: 11:30 a.m to 10:30 p.m. Sunday
  • Where: Rainbow Beach Park, 3111 E. 77th St.

Irving Park

Annual Independence Day Celebration

  • When: 10 a.m. Sunday
  • Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.


Sauganash 4th of July Parade

  • When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday
  • Where: Parade begins at 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. Got more to add to our list? Email

Horner Park
Where: 2741 W. Montrose Ave.

Humboldt Park
Where: 1440 N. Sacramento Ave.

Legion Park
Where: 3100 W. Bryn Mawr Ave.

Rogers Park
Where: Between Albion and Farwell avenues

Sheridan Park
Where: 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Welles Park
Where: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

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

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