Fourth of July Family Fun at the Chicago History Museum With World's Tallest Uncle Sam and more

Fourth of July Family Fun at the Chicago History Museum With World's Tallest Uncle Sam and more

CHM July 4th 2The World’s Tallest Uncle Sam will lead a children’s parade at The Chicago History Museum's 54th Annual Star-Spangled Independence Day Celebration on Thursday, July 4th on the Uihlein Plaza directly behind the Museum.

The free celebration, a long-lasting Chicago tradition, offers a variety of family activities including face painting, a juggler and a craft tent plus free admission to Chicago History Museum admission for Illinois residents, following the event.

The grounds open at 10 a.m. with the children’s parade, set to the patriotic tunes of the Ed Ward Concert Band, scheduled to kick off at 10:45 a.m.

Schedule for the Independence Day celebration:

10:00 a.m–11:00 a.m.
 The Ed Ward Concert Band, juggling, face painting, and children’s craft activities.

10:45 a.m–11:00 a.m
 Children’s costume parade.

11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

  • Welcome by Museum President Gary T. Johnson
  • Posting of the Color by the Girl Scouts of the UNO Soccer Academy.
  • Pledge of Allegiance, led by Allen Meyer of Chicago American Legion Nisei Post 1183.
  • Reading of the Declaration of Independence by Rabbi Jodi Kornfeld of Beth Chaverim Humanistic Jewish Community.
  • Keynote oration by Carlos Tortolero, president of the National Museum of Mexican Art.
  • Commemorative Brown Bess musket firing by the King’s Regiment, Eighth of Foot. (pictured above from the 2012 celebration).


Chicago History Museum President Gary Johnson will be the keynote speaker, followed by the firing of muskets by the King’s Regiment of Foot.

The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street.

Public Transportation and Parking Information:

The Museum can be reached by CTA buses 11, 22, 36, 72, 73, 151, and 156. Parking is located one block north of the Museum at Clark and LaSalle Streets (enter on Stockton Drive).

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