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Your guide to the Fourth of July in Chicago

Make the most of the weekend with our guide to 4th of July fireworks, events and more

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

The Fourth of July doesn't just commemorate the Declaration of Independence—it's also a celebration of all things wonderful about summer in Chicago, from backyard BBQs and languid beach days to summer festivals and stunning fireworks shows. If you're not skipping town for a weekend getaway from Chicago, you'll find plenty of ways to keep busy as holiday festivities roll into town, whether you want to catch live music or take in sparkling fireworks on a river cruise. Ready for an amazing three-day weekend? Plan your celebrations with the help of our guide to the Fourth of July in Chicago. 

What is there to do in Chicago on the 4th of July? 

It's not Fourth of July without fireworks! You can catch a show downtown at Navy Pier on Saturday, July 2. If you prefer to escape downtown crowds, check out festivals, parades and fireworks hosted by nearby suburbs like Lake Forest and Mount Prospect. 

4th of July fireworks and events

Party at a summer festival

Party at a summer festival

Find fun events like the African Caribbean Festival of Life or the Independence Day Salute in Grant Park.