The sky lit up during the annual Navy Pier fireworks display on July 4, 2015.
Photograph: Tricia ScullyThe sky lit up during the annual Navy Pier fireworks display on July 4, 2015.

Guide to Navy Pier Fireworks

Cozy up on a beach blanket or get to a downtown rooftop to watch the spectacular Navy Pier fireworks light up the lake.


When you hear the pops and booms over Lake Michigan, it's a sure sign that summer has arrived. You don't have to wait for 4th of July in Chicago for an amazing display of fireworks that light up the lake and cityscape. The colorful Navy Pier fireworks show is a great way to cap off your day at Chicago's beaches or exploring the best rooftop bars.

What is the Navy Pier fireworks show?

Twice a week during the summer, fireworks are set off from Navy Pier. Each show lasts 10 to 15 minutes.

When are the Navy Pier fireworks?

The fireworks begin Memorial Day weekend and end Labor Day weekend. They take place every Wednesday at 9:30pm and Saturday at 10:15pm.

Where are the Navy Pier fireworks?

Navy Pier is located on the shoreline of Lake Michigan at 600 E Grand Ave. You can get a good view of the fireworks from Navy Pier, the Chicago beaches, harbors, downtown rooftops and anywhere north or south along the shoreline near Navy Pier. 

Do the Navy Pier fireworks cost anything?

Nope, the fireworks are completely free to watch.

Navy Pier fireworks 2017 schedule

May 27, Sat, 10:15pm

May 31, Wed, 9:30pm

June 3, Sat, 10:15pm

June 7, Wed, 9:30pm

June 10, Sat, 10:15pm

June 14, Wed, 9:30pm

June 17, Sat, 10:15pm

June 21, Wed, 9:30pm

June 23, Sat, 10:15pm

June 28, Wed, 9:30pm

July 1, Sat, 10:15pm

July 4, Tue, 9:30pm

July 5, Wed, 9:30pm

July 8, Sat, 10:15pm

July 12, Wed, 9:30pm

July 15, Sat, 10:15pm

July 19, Wed, 9:30pm

July 22, Sat, 10:15pm

July 26, Wed, 9:30pm

July 29, Sat, 10:15pm

Aug 2, Wed, 9:30pm

Aug 4, Sat, 10:15pm

Aug 9, Wed, 9:30pm

Aug 12, Sat, 10:15pm

Aug 16, Wed, 9:30pm

Aug 19, Sat, 10:15pm

Aug 23, Wed, 9:30pm

Aug 26, Sat, 10:15pm

Aug 30, Wed, 9:30pm

Sept 2, Sat, 10:15pm

Oct 31, Sun, 9:30

Dec 31, Sun, Midnight

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