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Your guide to the Fourth of July in Chicago

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

Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

If you couldn’t swing a July 4th weekend getaway, don’t sweat it—Chicago’s the place to be for America’s birthday. Between the great Independence Day deals at Chicago’s best restaurants to having Chicago’s gorgeous beaches and waterfront bars all to yourself, staying in the city is the way to go. Have the best holiday weekend ever with our complete guide to the Fourth of July in Chicago.

4th of July fireworks and events

Where to watch 4th of July fireworks
Things to do

Where to watch 4th of July fireworks

The best displays in the city and suburbs

18 things to do in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend
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18 things to do in Chicago over Fourth of July weekend

Couldn’t swing a trip out of town over the holiday weekend? Lucky you

Best outdoor bars in Chicago
Bars

Best outdoor bars in Chicago

Stake out a spot on one of these patios while the fireworks explode overhead

Best BBQ in Chicago
Restaurants

Best BBQ in Chicago

 From Chatham to Pilsen to Wicker Park and beyond, the best BBQ in Chicago is found all over the city

4th of July fireworks photos

2016: Navy Pier fireworks
Things to do

2016: Navy Pier fireworks

2015: Fireworks Instagram roundup
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2015: Fireworks Instagram roundup

2014: Navy Pier fireworks

2014: Navy Pier fireworks

2013: Navy Pier fireworks
Things to do

2013: Navy Pier fireworks

2012: Navy Pier fireworks
Things to do

2012: Navy Pier fireworks

2011: 4th of July at Oak Street Beach
Things to do

2011: 4th of July at Oak Street Beach

Perfect summer outfits and accessories

Bright ideas for 4th of July outfits
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. 

The tackiest American flag clothing and accessories
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. 

Stylish barbecue accessories for outdoor entertaining
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. 

Archive 4th of July coverage

Fourth of July fireworks
Kids

Fourth of July fireworks

Chicago-area Fourth of July Parades
Kids

Chicago-area Fourth of July Parades

Revolutionary beach reads
Things to do

Revolutionary beach reads

Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2011
Things to do

Fourth of July Fireworks Guide 2011

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Taluca L
Taluca L

wonderful article.  only missing WHEN and WHERE.  what a waste of time