How to Celebrate the 4th of July in Chicago

When you’re in a city like Chicago, choosing how to celebrate the holidays can be overwhelming. There are so many events and things to do, how do you choose? This is definitely true for Independence Day. Everybody wants to show their patriotism. To help you out, here’s our guide on how to celebrate the 4th of July in Chicago.

Start the day in Hyde Park, home of the University of Chicago, just make sure to wear your walking shoes. The 4th on 53rd Parade invites everyone to participate, so you can walk and wave just like a local celebrity. The parade kicks off at 11 and ends with a picnic and live music in Nichols Park.

Head back downtown and get to Navy Pier for an afternoon of live music. Starting at 2 p.m. the Miller Lite Beer Garden will have cover bands performing for “Live on the Lake.” You can have a nice relaxing time with the lake as the backdrop until it’s time to head to Millennium Park for the evening.

The Grant Park Music Festival’s Independence Day Celebration begins at 6:30 p.m. Stop by nearby Park Grill or Pastoral to pick up a picnic basket and arrive early to get the best spot. The orchestra will be performing rousing renditions of 1812 Overture, Stars and Stripes Forever, and more.

The concert culminates in a fireworks display over Navy Pier. They put on two shows a week all summer long, so they know what they’re doing and break out the best for the 4th of July. If you prefer a closer view you can skip the concert in Millennium Park and stay on the pier and hear the music that accompanies the fireworks. You can also take a cruise on Lake Michigan with one of the many operators that docks at the pier.

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