Concerts, cookouts, and 4th of July cruises. We’ve put together a list of Chicago hotspots for this year’s Independence Day celebrations. Whether you’re looking for the perfect spot to watch the fireworks from or watch a patriotic parade, there’s more than one way to celebrate the 4th of July around Chicago.
Naperville Ribfest: July 4-7
Second thoughts about grilling this year? No problem! Head to Naperville’s Ribfest for all your favorite grilled meats! Join the Exchange Club of Naperville, just twenty minutes away from Overstreet Builders Hidden Creek community, at Knoch Park for a weekend of music performances from Steven Tyler, Pit Bull, Stray Cats and more! Stop by one of the award-winning rib vendors from across the country and witness the area’s most watched and glorious fireworks show on the 4th of July!
Experience Downtown Highland Park this Independence Day! The City of Highland Park welcomes all in the Chicago area to a 4th of July Celebration! Enjoy a day of patriotic parades with live music, family activities, and delicious foods from local Highland Park restaurants.
Fireworks at the Navy Pier :July 4
The Navy Pier is the ideal spot for watching fireworks this 4th of July weekend. Take in the beauty of Chicago as fireworks illuminate the sky over Lake Michigan. This event is open to the public and scheduled to kickoff at 9:30 pm. With large crowds expected please anticipate that at some time during the day the Navy Pier will reach capacity and the gates will close. Get their early for the best seats on the pier!
Wendella’s 4th of July Fireworks Cruise heads to Lake Michigan for the Navy Pier fireworks. This cruise will lead you north and south along the city’s breathtaking lit up skyline. This is a unique way to celebrate the 4th of July and experience Chicago with the entire family!
Bring the entire family to Millennium Park waterfront for an Independence Day Salute! This free concert features a world wind performance from the Grant Park Orchestra led by Christopher Bell. Enjoy an evening of your favorite patriotic tunes including Rhapsody in Blue, Liberty Fanfare, Stars and Stripes Forever, and much more!