Things to Do Around Chicago This Fourth of July Weekend

Enjoy Independence Day weekend in style

Looking for fun things to do this Independence Day weekend in Chicago? Take a look at this guide to Fourth of July events around the city. 

(Note: For a list of fireworks displays across the Chicago area click here)

Pre- July 4th Yacht Party – Special Chicago Pier Pressure

When: July 3

Where: Spirit Chicago, 600 E. Grand Ave.

Time: 11 p.m.-2 a.m.

Admission: $29-$149

What: A VIP cruise on a luxury yacht with two live DJS, dance floors and more.  

Fourth of July Parade at Independence

When: July 4

Where: Independence Park, 3945 N. Springfield Ave.

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: Celebrate Independence Day with a 4th of July Parade and fun activities for all ages. 

Fourth of July Celebration at Chicago History Museum

When: July 4

Where: Chicago History Museum

Time: 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: The Chicago History Museum will be honoring Independence Day with different activities such as a reading of the declaration of Independence, musical performances and more.

4th of July Fireworks and Events at Navy Pier

Navy Pier has a variety of fun activities to enjoy with family and friends. 

4th of July Fireworks Presented by Miller Lite

When: July 4

Where: Navy Pier

Time: 9:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: Enjoy a colorful and spectacular fireworks show over Lake Michigan.

Miller Lite Independence Day Celebration

When: July 4

Where: Miller Lite Beer Garden, Navy Pier

Time: 2 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: Enjoy live food, drinks and live music from The PriSSillas and Midnight Rider. 

Fourth of July Four-Course Fireworks Dinner

When: July 4

Where: Pinstripes, 435 E. Illinois Street

Time: 7:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. 

Admission: $80

What: This dinner takes place on a riverfront patio and boasts some of the best views during the city's fireworks. 

Fourth of July Patio Party

When: July 4

Where: Old Ground Social, 950 West Wrightwood Ave.

Time: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

Admission: $25-$45

What: A day party filled with drinking, playing games and eating.  

2019 4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic

When: July 4

Where: 5300 S. Lake Park Ave. W. Chicago, IL 60615

Time: 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: Celebrate "an old fashioned July Fourth" with decorated bikes on parade and a picnic in the park.

4th of July Mixer

When: July 4

Where: 1708 N. Damen Ave. Chicago, IL 60647

Time: 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: Celebrate with a neighborhood mixer Fjällräven this Independence Day. 

Lake Michigan July 4th Fireworks Dinner

When: July 4

Where: Odyssey Cruise Line, 600 East Grand Ave.

Time: 6:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.

Admission: $199.90

What: This 4th of July dinner will feature "creative plated dining, award winning wines, entertainment, dancing and views that will take your breath away." 

Windy City RibFest in Uptown

When: July 4-6

Where: Lawrence Ave. and Broadway St.

Time: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $5 donation suggested

What: Windy City Ribfest in Uptown is returning for its 11th anniversary. The event always has live music, arts and crafts and—of course—ribs.

27th African/Caribbean International Festival of Life (IFOL)

When: July 4-7

Where: Washington Park- DuSable Museum Garden, 55th St. and South Cottage Grove

Time: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $12-$149

What: The IFOL is a self-proclaimed "carnival of nations" dedicated to creating change for all. There will be two stages featuring Reggae, Calypso, Soca, African, Jazz, and more.

West Fest Chicago

When: July 5-7  

Where: West Town

Time: 12 p.m.-10 p.m.

Admission: $5 suggested donation

What: The festival is locally planned and managed by the West Town Chamber of Commerce, meaning that all the food and talent are local. There are also two specialty festivals inside West Fest: Kid Fest and Pet Fest.

Red White & Booze Cruise on July 5th

When: July 5

Where: Anita Dee II at Dusable Harbor, 200 N. Breakwater Access 

Time: 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m.

Admission: $20-$30

What: Enjoy stunning views of Chicago along with DJ music, dancing and much more.

Millennium Park Family Fun festival

When: July 5

Where: Millennium Park

Time: 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Admission: Free

What: This is a festival for the whole family. Come and enjoy fun activities, music and crafts.

Replay Lincoln Park Hosts SpongeBob SquarePants Pop-Up

When: July 3-7

Where: Replay Lincoln Park, 2833 N. Sheffield Ave.

Time: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 3 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday, 12 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday and 12 p.m.-2 a.m. Sunday

Admission: Free 

What: Hang out with SpongeBob and his friends and maybe you'll get the chance to find out the Krabby Patty’s secret formula. 

Chosen Few DJs Picnic & Music Festival

When: July 6

Where: Jackson Park

Time: 8 a.m.

Admission: $40-$175

What: Celebrate house music with Grammy winners such as Def Mix Productions co-founder David Morales and Thelma Houston, house music vocalist and viral sensation Lady Alma and disco maven Taana Gardner.

AON Summer Fireworks

When: July 3 and July 6  

Where: Navy Pier

Time: 10:15 P.M.

Admission: Free

What: This spectacular firework show takes place every Wednesday and Saturday at Navy Pier.

July 4th Rooftop party

When: July 7

Where: Estate Ultra Bar, 1177 N. Elston Ave. Chicago, IL 60642

Time: 2 p.m.-6 p.m.

Admission: $10-$20

What: Celebrate Fourth of July on a rooftop overlooking the Chicago skyline and the Chicago River. 

Chicago White Sox v. Chicago Cubs

When: July 6-7

Where: Guaranteed Rate Field Chicago, Chicago, IL 60616

Time: 6:15 p.m. Saturday and 1:10 p.m. Sunday 

Admission: Varies on seats  

What: The Crosstown Classic continues - this time on the South Side. 

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