Top Spots to Celebrate the Fourth
Celebrate Independence Day by the sea with parades, fresh fare, contests, and activities that will keep you entertained from morning to fireworks.
Navy Pier, ChicagoSome 4 million Chicagoans and visitors will gather on the 50 acres of shoreline and promenade that make up historic Navy Pier. The Pier combines fireworks over Lake Michigan with a festival vibe: The waterfront Pier Park includes a musical carousel and—of course—warm, sugary fried dough.
Celebrate all day: Free live music, street entertainers, shopping, and two sandy beaches are within walking distance of the Pier.
Showtime: At 9:30 p.m., the display is synchronized to music.
Best view: See the show from the 150-foot Ferris Wheel ($6 per adult). If you have a crowd, Dock Street is the place to be.
After the show: Grab a burger at the Navy Pier Beer Garden; navypier.com