Celebrating 4th of July In Chicago

America’s birthday is cause for celebration, and the best way we know how to celebrate our nation is a firework show. It’s just something about the colors, sounds, and creative patterns that draw large crowds. Luckily, Chicago is home to plenty of firework shows on and around July 4th, so we thought we would highlight a few of the major ones. 

Navy Pier

The biggest firework show usually happens at Navy Pier, a Chicago favorite for many years. The Show does not start until 9:30 pm, but there are so many things to do at Navy Pier that you can make a day of it. Additionally, if you enjoy a good firework show,  Navy Pier has 2 weekly firework shows that run through Labor Day. 


There are several locations in the Loop area that features firework shows. DuSable Harbor offers tickets for 2 people that include a 4×4 blanket, and your choice of beer, cocktail, or win package. 

Grant Park will be featuring its own firework show as well. For those who would like to hear the Grant Park Orchestra perform, you should arrive around 6:30 pm. In the South Loop, Northerly Island will host a firework show. The location allows people to view the show from the Planetarium, Shed Aquarium and other popular sites around Northerly Island.


North Avenue Beach will be another popular destination for fireworks. There are bars, bike, jet ski, and kayak rentals available to the public, so there is no way of being bored. Additionally, the Chicago History Museum will be hosting its 60th anniversary starting at noon, there will be music and a costume parade. 

There will be firework shows at Oak Street Beach, Ohio Street Beach, and Montrose Beach as well. Each will feature similar amenities.

Whether you drive to one of these destinations or choose something in your own area, stay safe on the road. There will be a high number of people going to and from these destinations and others. The traffic is likely to get dicey in some spots, so before you take the family or meet with some friends, make sure you have adequate auto insurance. Insurance Navy has agents ready to help you find the best quote.