4th of July fireworks, events and deals

Ensure an explosive celebration with our Independence Day guide

Photograph: Max Herman
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: 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).

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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

Celebrate our nation's birthday with specials on fried chicken, oysters, and much more

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Shopping

The tackiest patriotic clothing

Don't demonstrate your national pride with this junk

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Chicago beaches guide

Chill out on the best stretches of Lake Michigan sand

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Best beach amenities

We rate the amenities along the Chicago shoreline

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Revolutionary beach reads

Riveting (yes, riveting) reads about the Revolutionary War

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Fourth of July Fireworks

Navy Pier provides an explosive Independence Day celebration

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Glen Ellyn's Fourth of July Fireworks

The Lake Ellyn Park fireworks display rivals Navy Pier's show

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Fireworks, Racing and Music

Spend a day at the races punctuated by explosions in the sky

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3D Fourth of July Cruise

Are the yearly Fourth of July celebrations starting to seem two-dimensional?

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Windy City Ribfest Uptown

Flew your jaw muscles and stretch that waistline at this sixth annual 'cue fest

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Eyes to the Skies Festival

In the evening, the balloons come down and the fireworks begin

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Things to do Buy tickets

Naperville Ribfest

Live music, grilled pork and fireworks come together at this suburban fest

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Music

Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Salute

A Fourth of July full of American spirit, songs and, of course, hot dogs

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2013: Navy Pier fireworks

All of the best explosions in the sky

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2012: Navy Pier fireworks

The city's only official fiery display

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2011: 4th of July at Oak Street Beach

Beach bums celebrate their independence

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Where to buy fireworks

Get your fill of explosives just across the Indiana border

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