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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