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 (virtual in 2020)
In the afternoon, the Jay Pritzker Pavilion at the Millennium Park hosts the Grant Park Music Festival. There will be lots of patriotic favorites, such as Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and others. This festival is free of charge and available for the whole family!
Celebration on Navy Pier
The annual Freedom Fest is another Chicago July 4th event which takes place on the huge Navy Pier's rooftop. You need to purchase tickets to attend this festival. Visitors will enjoy fantastic views of Chicago, Lake Michigan, and many of the city's landmarks. There is a traditional barbecue food to celebrate July 4th in the right way. Dance and celebrate with DJ sets all night—the festival lasts from dusk till dawn.
However the most popular of all 4th of July events are spectacular Navy Pier fireworks which take place at night. You can watch it from the Navy Pier or book a lake cruise to marvel at this special display over Lake Michigan in the most comfortable way.