Unlike a lot of other cities in the U.S., Chicago kicks off its July 4th celebrations on July 3rd. So, Independence Day is really one long festival-filled weekend in Chicago. Learn what’s going on in Chicago for Independence Day, and find out where to stay if you’re visiting Chicago during this patriotic holiday.
Independence Day Fireworks Over Lake Michigan:
Chicago’s fourth of July fireworks actually start on Friday, July 3! You’ll see them after the Patriotic concert (at the Petrillo Music Shell – see details below), starting at around 9 p.m.
Independence Day Fireworks at Navy Pier:
Fireworks start at Navy Pier in Chicago at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, July 4th. Don’t miss them!
Good places to view the 2009 fireworks in Chicago include:
All along the lakefront
Independence Day 2009 Concerts in Chicago:
On July 3rd head to the Petrillo Music Shell (235 S Columbus Drive) to hear the 85th Army Band play some good all-American music. The concert starts at 7:30 p.m. Make sure to catch the Independence Day fireworks over Lake Michigan once the concert is over.
On July 4th, take part in the Grant Park Music festival at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Chicago Fourth of July and Taste of Chicago 2009:
Have your hot dog and your patriotism too by attending the Taste of Chicago over the Independence Day Long weekend. This is the Midwest’s largest food festival, and we can’t think of a yummier reason to be in Chicago than that.
Admission to the festival is free, and takes place from July 3 to July 5 in Grant Park (300 S. Columbus).
On July 3 and July 4, the Taste of Chicago opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 9 p.m.
On July 5th, the Taste of Chicago opens at 11 a.m. and closes at 6 p.m.
Need a Hotel in Chicago:
If you’re just visiting for the Independence Day long weekend, here are a few of the best hotels in Chicago for you to look in to: