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.

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Navy Pier, Chicago

Navy Pier, Chicago

Some 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;


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