Here’s when Chicago’s 2024 Fourth of July fireworks will start

Explosions will light up the sky above Lake Michigan on Wednesday, July 3, ahead of Independence Day.

Jeffy Mai
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Jeffy Mai
Editor, Time Out Chicago
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Photograph: Courtesy Navy Pier

The Fourth of July is almost upon us and that can only mean one thing—a dazzling display of fireworks.

Luckily for Chicagoans, there are plenty of places to watch fireworks in and around the city. Most suburbs will have their own explosive celebrations alongside parades and festivals, but for those who don’t want to travel far, the best option is Navy Pier’s weekly fireworks show.

When is Chicago’s 2024 Fourth of July fireworks show?

While the city of Chicago hasn’t officially put on a fireworks extravaganza in over a decade, Navy Pier’s holiday pyrotechnics show will take place on July 3. 

What time is Chicago’s 2024 Fourth of July fireworks show?

The explosions will light up the sky above Lake Michigan starting at 9pm.

Where are the best places to watch Chicago’s 2024 Fourth of July fireworks show? 

The Navy Pier fireworks are relatively high-altitude, which means you can see them from a variety of vantage points throughout the city. Stake out a spot along Navy Pier's outdoor areas (Polk Bros Park or the rooftop patio at Offshore are always good bets) or head to downtown rooftops and Chicago beaches like Oak Street, North Avenue and Ohio Street. Navy Pier also offers a number of lake and river cruises that can be booked online.

Another spot to watch fireworks on July 3 is Soldier Field. The Chicago Fire FC will take on the Philadelphia Union at 7:30pm, with fireworks to follow after the game is over.

If you miss Navy Pier’s fireworks on Wednesday, fear not. You’ll have another opportunity to catch them on Saturday, July 6 at 10pm. In fact, you can enjoy the impressive spectacle every Wednesday at 9pm and Saturday at 10pm through Labor Day weekend.

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