Celebrating Independence Day in True Chicago Fashion

3 July 2018

While there is no absolute way to celebrate the Fourth of July, we suspect that the nation’s forefathers would choose Chicago over any destination for Independence Day. In 1776, John Adams wrote to his wife Abigail retelling the events of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. He wrote, “It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.” It will be a long time before America gets tired of washing the sky with pyrotechnics, but there are more than just firework displays in store for those in Chicago this holiday.

there are more than just firework displays in store for those in Chicago this holiday.

The Independence Day Salute

Acting as a prelude to the Navy Pier Firework spectacular, Pianist Emily Bear, the Grant Park Orchestra and conductor Christopher Bell are coming together for the Grant Park Music Festival’s annual concert. The show will also be broadcast on 98.7WFMT, if you want some live music to accompany your celebration at home. The performance begins at 6:30 at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park.

Celebrate at the Chicago History Museum

If hiring a sitter is out of the question, head over to the Chicago History Museum for their 59th annual Fourth of July celebration. Festivities begin at ten in the morning and include a children’s costume parade, a keynote speech by Illinois Supreme Court Justice, the Honorable Anne M. Burke, and free admission to the museum for Illinois residents opening at noon.

there are more than just firework displays in store for those in Chicago this holiday.

The Summer Jazz Series at the Shedd Aquarium

Shedd Aquarium’s summer jazz series, Jazzin’ at the Shedd, going on every Wednesday night kicks off on Independence day. Enjoy live music and drink for a more leisure visit of the Shedd’s fantastic exhibits. Tickets start at $25 and doors open at 5pm.

March in the Fourth on 53rd Parade

For 27 years, Hyde Park has hosted an Independence Day parade and picnic that celebrates diversity. In addition to the parade itself, there will be live entertainment put on by Chicago institutions and their students, as well as tons of activities for children. The Parade begins at 11am and festivities continue until 4 in the afternoon.

Obligatory Lakefront Firework Display

Navy Pier’s firework show is unrivaled, especially since you don’t actually have to be at Navy Pier to enjoy it. In fact, 1000M was featured in a recent article by Haute Residence naming it one of the best residences to watch fireworks. So if crowds aren’t your thing, feel free to pop a squat along the lake shore path. Fireworks begin at 9:30pm.


All the holiday goings-on in and around 1000M’s Grant Park neighborhood are easily accessible by public transit, so exploring our historically rich city is the perfect way to celebrate the nation’s independence.