Chicagoans set off fireworks across the city last year on the Fourth of July. Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago

CHICAGO — There will be an official, city-sponsored lakefront fireworks display on July 3 after all.

The usual Navy Pier show couldn’t be put together in time amid the pandemic, Navy Pier officials said last month, but Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced the replacement fireworks show in a Friday afternoon press release, promising the fireworks will be shot extra high to better allow people to see them from around the city.

The fireworks will begin at 9:30 p.m. Saturday.

The city didn’t detail where exactly the fireworks will be shot off from, but said “there will be a large spectrum of viewing possibilities for the public. The fireworks display will be visible from multiple locations along the lakefront, from Grand Avenue to the north to at least 55th Street to the south.”

WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM will have a music simulcast on its 780 AM channel and its 105.9. FM channel. It will broadcast a soundtrack to accompany the fireworks. 

“Putting on a grandiose fireworks display to celebrate both our city’s reopening and Independence Day is an excellent way to kick off the summer we’ve all been waiting for,” Lightfoot said.

“Thanks to the hard work of our residents, who followed public health guidelines and did their part to slow and stop the spread of COVID-19, we are now able to bring back exciting summer traditions like these. As our newly reopened city continues adapting to a new normal, I want to urge our residents to continue getting vaccinated so we can bring back even more of our favorite outdoor events.” 

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