Stars, stripes and so much fun. Soak it all up this Fourth of July, when our country turns the big 2-4-5. We’re not quite back to normal just yet, but there is still lots of music, food and fireworks to make it a festive weekend. More events get added to the agenda daily, so we’ll keep you updated on the best of the best to celebrate the red, white and blue. Read on and plan on, Chicago!

photo: Navy Pier

Navy Pier's 4th of July Celebration

Bursting with red, white and blue, Navy Pier’s fireworks are usually the center of Chicago’s Independence Day celebration with the city’s only lakefront fireworks show all synchronized to a patriotic soundtrack. However, this year, the fireworks will not take place 4th of July weekend. Good news is you can enjoy live music with the Pier's Live on the Lake Series, Saturday and Sunday. 

photo: Hotel Zachary

Tours of Wrigley Field via Hotel Zachary

Book a stay at Hotel Zachary 4th of July weekend and you'll be treated to a complimentary tour of Wrigley Field. The tour lasts 75-90 minutes and includes the Chicago Cub's dugout, field, upper deck, bleachers and Outfield Ivy. Use promo code L9Z and email to secure a time slot. 


Chicago Dogs Fireworks Extravaganza

Chicago's newest baseball team that pays homage to our favorite street food, HOT DOGS, is hosting a Chicago Dogs fireworks extravaganza after the Jul. 3 home game.  

The Forge Sings Country

As part of The Forge's summer concert series, The Forge Sings, head to The Mount and enjoy the sounds of country music. While you're there, savor the delicious food and beverage menu at The Foundry as you dance, laugh and sing along at this family concert. 

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Virtual 4th of July Event at Chicago History Museum

Head to Chicago History Museum for Activating Freedom: with Liberty and Justice for All, a free virtual event filled with conversations, a show-and-tell of early items from their archives, hands-on history activities, sounds and sounds, and more. 

Independence Day Salute

Prepare for a sensory feast at this annual holiday spectacular featuring a medley of patriotic favorites, including the Armed Forces Salute, the 1812 Overture and Stars and Stripes Forever. The Independence Day Salute will be held at Jay Pritzker Pavilion, Jul. 2 & 3. 

Rock in the Park at Parkway Bank Park

While not exclusively a 4th of July event, Parkway Bank Park's Rockin' in the Park is a free summer concert series that features a post-show musical fireworks display, Jul. 1 & 2.

Make Red, White & Blue Cupcakes with Taste Buds Kitchen

Show your USA pride on Jul. 3 and whip up perfectly patriotic Red, White and Blue Cupcakes completely from scratch! Plain old vanilla? Bore-ring! Bring on the pizzazz, the color, the fireworks! 


Glen Ellyn: Fourth of July Celebration

Everyone loves a parade — especially one as cheerful and colorful as that in downtown Glen Ellyn as part of their 4th of July celebration

4th of July at Arlington Park Racecourse

If your kids are horse-crazy, then head to Arlington Park Racecourse for face painting, live music performances, crafts and roaming entertainment. The night will close with fireworks just after dusk.

— Maria Chambers

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