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Where to see 4th of July fireworks in Chicago

From the lakefront all the way out to the suburbs, Chicago's July 4th fireworks fill the sky all weekend long.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp
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One of the best parts of summer in Chicago is watching fireworks light up the sky on the Fourth of July (annoying rhyme scheme, but it's true)! You've got plenty of options for catching a show this year, whether you'd rather head out to the suburbs for weekend-long festivals and parades or stick to Chicago to see Navy Pier's iconic display along the lakefront from beaches or boat cruises. After you've had your fill of outdoor BBQs, parades and other patriotic festivities, it's time to grab a blanket and settle down for an incredible show of sparkling fireworks—plan your holiday with the help of our guide to the best fireworks shows in the Chicago area.

Where are the 4th of July fireworks in Chicago?

This year, you can see fireworks at Navy Pier on Saturday, July 2 at 9:30pm. 

What are the best places to watch the 4th of July fireworks in Chicago? 

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 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

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Navy Pier hosts twice-weekly fireworks shows throughout the summer, including a Saturday night show over Fourth of July weekend that's sure to be dazzling. Navy Pier. July 2 at 9:30pm; free.

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Kick off 4th of July celebrations in Glen Ellyn with a parade at noon, which starts downtown and makes its way to Lake Ellyn Park. The fireworks begin at dusk, so stake out a spot early (you can set out you blanket beginning at 6am, so long as you don't use rocks or stakes to hold it down) and settle in for a show. Lake Ellyn Park. July 4 at dusk; free.

This Fourth of July celebration usually books fun musical performers (past acts have included The Village People, Eddie Money and Rick Springfield) so prepare to dance your heart out before fireworks start at 9:31pm. Deerpath Community Park. July 4, Gates open at 5pm, fireworks at 9:40pm; $30, Lake Forest and Lake Bluff residents $25, kids 5 and under free.

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Catch two rounds of half-hour fireworks shows beginning at 9pm as part of the Independence Day celebrations put on by the local Lions Club, with one display on June 30 and another July 4. Folks can also enjoy a packed roster of events in between the fireworks, from tribute band performances to carnival rides. Melas Park June 30 and July 4 at 9:30pm; free.

Fireworks are the send-off event for The Naperville Salute, a veteran-focused festival that celebrates Independence Day over the course of three days with food, live music and games. Monday's fireworks show is set to begin at dusk. Frontier Park July 4 at dusk; free.

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Rosemont's Rockin in the Park summer concert series hosts this special July 4 show, where you can watch Silver Bullet Band STL (a Bob Seger cover group). Afterwards, a musical fireworks display will light up the sky. Check out the Rockin in the Park event page for a full schedule of shows that will feature fireworks this summer. Parkway Bank Park. July 4, 7–10pm; free.

Unlike most suburbs, Wheaton's Fourth of July fireworks take place on July 3. Show up to Graf Park at 5:30pm for lawn games, music, concessons and giveaways; the fireworks will take to the skies starting at 9pm. Keep the celebrations going the next morning at the city's parade in downtown Wheaton, which steps off at 10am. Graf Park. July 3 at 9pm; free.

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Glenview's Fourth of July parade returns after a two-year hiatus, pushing off from Lehigh and Glenview Roads at 11:30am (the bike parade starts at 11:15am from Jackman Park). Later, head to Gallery Park at 5pm for food vendors, live music and a DJ-led dance party, followed by a fireworks display synchronized to music. Gallery Park. July 4 at 9:30pm; free.

You can watch Aurora's 4th of July fireworks from either RiverEdge Park or McCullough Park, where DJs will spin tunes from 7pm onward—get there when gates open to secure your spot. RiverEdge Park and McCullough Park. July 4 at dusk; free.

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