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4TH OF JULY IN CHICAGO

Celebrate Independence Day 2018 with fireworks, special concerts, and spectacular lake cruises.

This Fourth of July, enjoy the summer's biggest holiday in Chicago, with events that salute the nation and honor its history. From spectacular fireworks at Navy Pier that light up the city's lakefront to Rhapsody in Blue in Millennium Park, there's no better place to celebrate the country's independence.

July 4 Events 

Fireworks at Navy Pier

FREE · 600 E Grand Ave

Navy Pier FireworksRanvestel Photographic

Enjoy a spectacular pyrotechnics show along the downtown lakefront. At Navy Pier beginning at 9:30 pm on Wednesday, July 4, fireworks will light up the sky, in synch with a score of patriotic music. All summer long, in fact, Navy Pier hosts free fireworks displays on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

PLEASE NOTE: Navy Pier expects to see some of its biggest crowds and at certain points may reach capacity and close its gates to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests. Plan your visit accordingly and arrive early if you have advance tickets/reservations for performances, dinner or cruises.

Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Salute 

FREE · Millennium Park · 201 E Randolph St

Grant Park Music Festival© Patrick Pyszka

A Grant Park Music Festival tradition! Bring your family and friends to the lakefront on Wednesday, July 4 from 6:30-8:45 pm for an evening of patriotic favorites, along with Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, featuring 16-year-old pianist, Emily Bear. Christopher Bell conducts. 

July 4 Cruises

Fireworks

ODYSSEY CHICAGO 4TH OF JULY CRUISES

Boards from Navy Pier; times and dates vary

Join Odyssey on the water for a 4th of July lunch or dinner, featuring creative plated dining, award-winning wines, entertainment and breathtaking views! Choose from a 3-hour 4th of July Weekend Cruise (June 29-July 4, from $189.90), with spectacular views of Navy Pier’s fireworks display (weather permitting); a 2-hour 4th of July Skyline Lunch, with DJ and dance floor (July 4, from $56.90); or a 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise, with platinum open bar, onboard DJ and dance floor (July 4, from $189.90).

Fourth of July 3D Fireworks Extravaganza Cruise on Mercury

Boards from the Chicago Riverwalk

Save the date for a memorable family outing aboard Mercury's Fourth of July 3D Fireworks Extravaganza Cruise and enjoy a spectacular fireworks show - with a twist! Each guest receives complimentary 3D glasses and a delicious treat box to enjoy the fireworks show! Cash bar available onboard. Tickets $64 adults, $49 children, free children under 5.

SHORELINE SIGHTSEEING 4th of July CRUISE

Boards from Navy Pier July 4, beginning 8:35 pm

This 60-minute panoramic tour of Lake Michigan covers the entire length of Chicago’s magnificent skyline. The cruise concludes with a lakeside viewing of the July 4th fireworks at Navy Pier. Cash bar available. Fares: $69.00 all ages.

SPIRIT OF CHICAGO CRUISES

Boards from Navy Pier; times and dates vary

Celebrate the 4th of July aboard Spirit of Chicago. Choose from 4th of July Weekend Dinner, Lunch, Brunch and Cocktail Cruises (June 29-July 4, from $45.90), with spectacular views of the Chicago skyline; a 2-hour 4th of July Skyline Lunch, with DJ and dance floor (July 4, from $52.90); or a 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise, with platinum open bar, onboard DJ and dance floor ... and, of course, fabulous fireworks (July 4, from $149.90).

MYSTIC BLUE 4TH OF JULY CRUISES

Boards from Navy Pier; times and dates vary

Take your pick of 4th of July Weekend Dinner, Lunch and Brunch Cruises (June 29-July 4, from $29.90), with spectacular views of Navy Pier’s fireworks display and/or the city skyline; or a 3-hour 4th of July Fireworks Dinner Cruise, with platinum open bar, onboard DJ and dance floor (July 4, from $139.90).

WENDELLA BOATS

July 4; various times

Wendella’s 4th of July Fireworks Cruise heads out to Lake Michigan for the Navy Pier fireworks. This kid-friendly cruise will lead you north and south along the city’s spectacular lit up skyline, and includes a brief narrated tour. Any tour time you take will allow you to see the fireworks show, and all tours will return to the dock approximately 30 minutes after the fireworks show, which starts at 9:30pm. Tickets from $34-$49.

ROSEMONT EVENTS

Parkway Bank Park - "Rockin' in the Park"

FREE · 5501 Park Place, Rosemont, IL

Parkway Bank Park will host a special "Rockin' in the Park" free summer concert Tuesday, July 3, featuring Jay "Elvis" Dupuis. The concert will run from 7-10 p.m. on the Park's great lawn. In addition to the live outdoor music, visitors also will enjoy food and beverage tents.

The Chicago Dogs

9850 Balmoral Avenue Rosemont, IL

The Chicago Dogs will face the Gary Southshore Railcats at Impact Field on Tuesday, July 3. Gates will open at 5:00 p.m. and the game will start at 6:05 p.m. Fans will enjoy $2 domestic drafts all night. The Chicago Dogs and Parkway Bank Park have combined forces for a stunning fireworks display that will take place on July 3 at 9:30 p.m. 

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