Beautiful Lake Michigan provides the setting for one of the biggest parties in Chicago, the July of 4th celebration. The weather is warm and the flowers are in bloom. Windy City visitors can begin the day with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Chicago History Museum. The institution’s annual Independence Day outdoor event at Uihlein Plaza also includes patriotic music and a children’s costume parade. The world’s tallest Uncle Sam leads the procession. Afterward, you can enjoy the afternoon as you relax and listen to classics by Bernstein, Gershwin, Sousa, Copland and other composers during the Grant Park Music Festival. You can also participate in a wide variety of family-friendly activities on Chicago-area beaches. One of the city’s baseball teams usually has a home game.
The Navy Pier amusement park has been a gathering place for games, rides, fun and excitement for over ten years. The entertainment complex is filled with activities that residents and visitors can enjoy as they await the evening’s culminating event. You can watch the colorful fireworks reflect off Lake Michigan as they illuminate the sky. The 15-minute extravaganza is perfectly choreographed to patriotic music. One of the best vantage points for watching the fireworks display is atop the 150-foot tall Ferris wheel. Another great option is to enjoy the fireworks during a Chicago boat cruise.
Chicago does its best each year to honor the nation while combining food, fun and fireworks.