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4th of July fireworks, events and deals

Ensure an explosive celebration with our Independence Day guide, including 4th of July fireworks, events and more

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4th of July fireworks

We still miss the huge 4th of July fireworks during Taste of Chicago, but Navy Pier does an admirable job with the pyrotechnics and the suburbs turn out quite a few fantastic shows. But there's more to do on the 4th beyond explosions: Chicago's best restaurants and bars offer their own 4th of July events, and Chicago's beaches are some of the best spots to chill out with friends (and, okay, to watch the fireworks).

4th of July fireworks and events

Things to do

Where to watch 4th of July fireworks

The best displays in the city and suburbs

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Restaurants

Fourth of July food and drink specials

From scones to cocktail specials, we found the best 4th of July deals

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Chicago beaches guide

Chill out on the best stretches of Lake Michigan sand

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4th of July fireworks photos

2014: Navy Pier fireworks

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2013: Navy Pier fireworks

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2012: Navy Pier fireworks

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2011: 4th of July at Oak Street Beach

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Perfect summer outfits and accessories

Shopping

Bright ideas for 4th of July outfits

As invitations to Fourth of July picnics, cookouts, and rooftop parties pile up, respect the flag and keep your swag. Look chic and cool while also showing your USA pride by pairing any of these subtle red, white and blue fashions for the perfect Independence Day outfit. 

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Shopping

The tackiest American flag clothing and accessories

We get it. You love America, and you love showing off your star-spangled pride with patriotic clothes and accessories. 4th of July? You've got it all over you. And that's fine, because let's face it: tackiness is just another part of being 'Merican. So embrace it this summer with the tackiest getups we could find, including flag-themed board shorts with Solo cups for stripes and ping-pong balls for stars, or spangled lip tattoos (yes, that is a thing). Whether you're screaming "USA! USA!" at a World Cup match, selfie posing at a summer concert or raging on Independence Day, we've got you covered. Go big or go home, because, YOLO, bro. 

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Shopping

Stylish barbecue accessories for outdoor entertaining

If you plan on hitting one of the city’s park barbecues this summer, you’ll want to be prepared with these stylish barbecue accessories. We searched home decor stores like Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel and Ikea for grilling goods that possess both form and function. 

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Archive 4th of July coverage

Kids

Fourth of July fireworks

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Kids

Chicago-area Fourth of July Parades

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Things to do

Revolutionary beach reads

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Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2011

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