With the Fourth of July falling conveniently on a Friday this year, you have the perfect opportunity to spend a long weekend in Chicago – a city known for its festive summer celebrations. Extravagant fireworks displays and music festivals are the hallmark activities, and you’ll find plenty to do in any of Chicago’s many diverse neighborhoods. Take a look at some of the most popular upcoming events for the Fourth!
By far the most popular fireworks attraction is the Navy Pier display, hosted by the Illinois Lottery. The explosive event is more elaborate than the weekly summer presentations, so you’re in for a treat even if you’ve been lucky enough to catch them on another night over the summer. Head to the Pier or Millennium Park for the best views – but be warned the crowds will be fierce. JulyFourth.com is celebrating with Freedom Fest 2014 atop the Navy Pier Rooftop Terrace, where the views will be even more spectacular and a DJ spins tunes all night long. Several special cruises also depart from Navy Pier for the occasion, including a special alternative to the Skyline Lake Tour by Shoreline.
Another unique event is the Lisle Community Park Eyes to the Sky Festival, which spans three days from July 3rd through July 5th. In addition to scanning the skies at night for vibrant fireworks displays, colorful hot air balloons make the sky just as special during the day. You can even take a ride in one of the balloons if you’d like to add some adventure to your Independence Day weekend. Throw in a carnival, live music, craft booths, and a food court and you’ll never want to leave.
It’s also a weekend carnivores will delight in, with RibFests in two Chicago locations: Naperville and Uptown. Food, beer, wine, music, and fireworks are highlights of both festivals, so it’ll be up to you to decide which one suits your fancy.
In addition to the special Fourth of July events, Chicago in the summer features numerous activities you can enjoy at no additional cost with a Go Chicago Card attractions pass. It’s a great way to save money on your Fourth of July weekend, while seeing the best the city has to offer. From the Willis Tower SkyDeck Chicago to the Shedd Aquarium and the famous Art Institute of Chicago, a Chicago attractions pass features top-quality attractions to delight family members’ varying ages and interests. Start planning your Independence Day getaway today.