4th of July Events in Chicago

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July 2, 2022 - July 4, 2022

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Chicago is ready to celebrate the 4th of July with great events! Join the crowd in an epic holiday event filled with live concert series, boat cruises, and striking pyrotechnic displays.

Head to Millennium Park for a music event like no other. Watch the best acts, and local bands take over the scene with their entertaining performances. Then, witness not one but two grand sky spectacles at the Navy Pier. Are you looking for a prime viewing spot? We suggest booking a Chicago boat cruise to admire the fascinating lights.

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Dates and Details

4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic on July 4, 2022, at 11 AM

Wear your red, white, and blue apparel and participate at the annual 4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic. It will proceed south on Lake Park to 55th Street, west on 55th to Hyde Park Blvd, north on Hyde Park Blvd, then west on 53rd Street, stopping at Nichols Park.    

Navy Pier Fireworks – July 2, 2022, and July 4, 2022

Catch Chicago’s best aerial displays at Navy Pier. Synchronized with patriotic soundtracks, these 15-minute attractions illuminate the skyline twice a week. Be astounded by the displays whether you’re on land or on the boat.

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Live on the Lake - July 4, 2022

There’s nothing like listening to live music while enjoying Lake Michigan’s sensational view. Live on the Lake is a free concert series from 2 to 9 PM. Local bands and acts play out sounds that bring out your best moves.

Grant Park Music Festival - July 2, 2022

Vibe with friends and experience incredible music performances at Millennium Park. This free summer-long outdoor event features artists from every genre, such as pop, jazz, or R&B. see new regional bands or sing along with your favorites.

International Festival of Life - July 2 to July 4, 2022

Celebrate African-Caribbean’s rich culture with dance, music, and games. There is no need to whisk yourself into the islands when you can head to Washington Park. For over three decades, this fest has been featuring authentic cuisines and live performances, ranging from various genres such as reggae and dancehall.

Fourth of July Boat Cruise

With a boat cruise, you’ll get a front-row view of the enchanting fireworks and see Chicago’s famous skyscrapers in a whole new light. Watch the lights spark in the reflection of the Chicago River or Lake Michigan. You can sail down and admire the city skyline or feast on delicious cuisines.

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Grab a Seat at a Beer Garden at the Chicago Riverwalk

Before Navy Pier’s fireworks display, explore Chicago Riverwalk. This attraction is an oasis if you’re looking for a place to dine, shop, and take pictures. Reserve an outdoor table to watch the grand lights show.

Covid-19 Information

Guests are not required but are encouraged to wear face masks.

Experience 4th of July Events in Chicago

Whether sharing the holiday with family or alone, Chicago’s Independence Day celebration offers something for all ages.

Enjoy the best of the event with music performances, superb food, and a fantastic fireworks show. Also, you can make a vacation out of it with a Chicago Vacation Package.


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