Fireworks. Corn on the cob. Parades. Sweet, sticky popsicles. Does it get any better than the Fourth of July? This holiday is all about family fun, no matter how you and your little revelers decide to celebrate. The Chicago area is full of good family-friendly options for parades, firework displays, and more. I've even included a great suggestion for a fireworks-free event in case the little people in your life shy away from loud explosions (I don’t blame them frankly).
Navy Pier Fireworks Display
Devoted firework enthusiasts know that the City of Chicago no longer offers its big fireworks display in Grant Park. But that doesn't mean that city dwellers can't get their fireworks fix! On July 4 at 9:30 pm. Navy Pier offers a fantastic fireworks display, complete with patriotic musical accompaniment. Definitely plan to use public transportation so you don't have to deal with the parking hassle and consider skipping the crowds entirely by viewing the show from a nearby alternate location, like the Ohio Street Beach.
Evanston Fourth of July Parade
This daylong celebration promises everything from three-legged races to pie-eating contests.The festivities culminate in the big parade (the theme this year is “Evanston: 150 Years Young!”). The parade kicks off at 2:00 p.m. on July 4 and runs from Central Park Avenue east on Central Street to Ashland Avenue. Dedicated parade-goers start setting up their lawn chairs to reserve the prime viewing spots as early as July 1.
Glen Ellyn Fourth of July Celebration
The Fourth of July in Glen Ellyn offers a packed schedule of events, featuring a showstopper of a parade followed by a full afternoon of carnival games, entertainment, and food. Attendees can purchase a $3 wristband to enjoy all of the activities including moonwalks, an inflatable obstacle course, penny carnival games, face painting, live music and dancing, At dusk, this festive day concludes with a fireworks display.
The Chicago History Museum's Annual Fourth of July Festival
Take part if this historical celebration featuring live music, costumed "founding fathers" reading the Declaration of Independence and even "the world's tallest Uncle Sam." The kiddos can even get decked out in red, white and blue attire and participate in a parade. Admission is free and you can rest assured that this celebration is fireworks-free (so no scared little ones!).
However your family celebrates, take advantage of the opportunity to have some fun together. And be sure to call ahead or visit the websites of these venues to confirm all dates and times. Happy Fourth!