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Fourth Of July Fireworks, Shows, Parades And Parties: Your Guide To Celebrating Independence Day In Chicago

The holiday falls on a Tuesday, which means events start this weekend and run into next week.

Chicagoans set off fireworks across the city throughout the night, as seen from the Near West Side in Chicago on July 4, 2020.
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CHICAGO — The Fourth may be on a Tuesday, but there are plenty of events throughout the next week to eat, drink, cruise and watch fireworks. Here’s where to find Fourth of July events around the city:

Downtown/The Loop

Navy Pier Fireworks

There are no fireworks on July 4 at Navy Pier, but you can catch the regular Saturday and Wednesday shows.

When: 10 p.m Saturday and 9 p.m. Wednesday. Saturday will be the patriotic display. 
Where: Near 600 E. Grand Ave.

City Cruises Fourth of July Cruises

When: Times vary on Saturday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Grant Park Music Festival: An American Salute, Rhapsody in Blue

When:  6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday
Where: Jay Pritzker Pavilion, 201 E. Randolph St.

4th of July Celebration on the Yacht!

When: 7:30-10:30 p.m Saturday
Where: Anita Dee Yacht Charters, 200 North Breakwater Access

Live on the Lake

When: 2-8 p.m Tuesday
Where: 700 E. Grand Ave.

Pre-July 4th Chicago Pier Pressure Yacht Party

When: 9 p.m – midnight Monday
Where: Spirit of Chicago Yacht, 600 E. Grand Ave.

4th of July Independence Day Booze Cruise

When: 8-11 p.m Tuesday
Where: Summer of George, 900 S. Wells St.

Chicago Fire vs. Nashville SC Fireworks Night

When: 5:30 p.m. July 8
Where: Soldier Field, 1410 Special Olympics Drive

South Loop

VU Chicago July 4th Backyard Bash

When: 6-11 p.m. Tuesday
Where: VU Rooftop Bar, 133 E. Cermak Road


Chicago White Sox vs. Toronto Blue Jays Fireworks Show

When: Tuesday at dusk (7:10 p.m. game)
Where: Guaranteed Rate Field, 333 W. 35th St.

Hyde Park

4th on 53rd Parade and Festival

When: 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesday
Where: 5300 S. Lake Park Ave. 

Ukrainian Village 

Sportsman’s Club Summer BBQ

When: 4-8 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sportsman’s Club, 948 N. Western Ave.

Irving Park

Annual Independence Day Celebration

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

Credit: Colin Boyle/Block Club Chicago
Neighbors in South Shore set off fireworks and use sparklers on July 3, 2020.


Sauganash 4th of July Parade

When: 9:30 a.m. Tuesday
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 Lakefront
Where: Between Albion and Farwell avenues

Sheridan Park
Where: 910 S. Aberdeen St.

Welles Park
Where: 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave.

Nichols Park
Where: 1300 E. 55th St.

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