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4th of July Fireworks & Events 2023

Enjoy the most important holiday of the summer on the shore of Lake Michigan


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Independence Day celebrations in Chicago include many fun activities—festivals, concerts, fairs, and, of course, the most spectacular pyrotechnics show of the year. Most festive events take place on the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan!

Grant Park Music Festival (July 2, 2022)

The Jay Pritzker Pavilion at Millennium Park hosts Independence Day Salute within the Grant Park Music Festival. There will be lots of patriotic favorites between 6:30 and 8 pm, such as the Armed Forces Salute, the 1812 Overture, and the grand finale Stars and Stripes Forever. This festival is free of charge and available for the whole family!

Celebration on Navy Pier (July 2, 2022)

Navy Pier also offers a family-friendly celebration called Live on the Lake! The free concert series is scheduled from 1 pm through 9 pm. The festive program features OSTON, The Shades, and Creedence Revived. Navy Pier fireworks are the most popular part of the holiday. Normally, you can watch the show from the Navy Pier or book a lake cruise to marvel at this special spectacle over Lake Michigan in the most comfortable way. Yet in 2021, the fireworks have been canceled.

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