How To: Celebrate Your Chicago July 4th Day in 2017

Celebrate July 4th with an unforgettable experience and an amazing view of the fireworks. Chicago has many different ways for you to spend your July 4th this year, but where should you be for your celebration? Check out these great Chicago July 4th events and celebrate this holiday like you never have!

Chicago July 4th Celebrations for 2017


4th Annual Freedom Fest at the Navy Pier’s Rooftop

Celebrate July 4th with the family high above Chicago on the Navy Pier’s Rooftop at the Freedom Fest! This annual Chicago July 4th celebration has brought the people of Chicago together to celebrate an unforgettable night. Your night will be filled with the hits of this year as DJ Metro, the official Chicago Bulls DJ mixes and spins your favorite hits of the year. Listen and dance to your favorite Top 40, Hip-Hop, Pop, and Dance tracks as you enjoy views of Lake Michigan and the city of Chicago. BBQ food will be available for purchase so you can keep your stomach full of your favorite July 4th dishes. Fully stocked cash bars will be spread throughout the rooftop so you can keep a drink in hand. Party the night away with your favorite drink and get ready to view the fireworks like you never have.

Check out photos from last year’s Freedom Fest here!

The Navy Pier’s Rooftop will treat you to the most amazing view of the Chicago July 4th fireworks as they launch into the night sky! Watch as each firework lights up and paints the sky to end off this unforgettable night. Ticket prices for this Chicago July 4th celebration currently begin at $39.

Skokie’s Independence Day Parade & 3D Fireworks Festival

Enjoy a 3D fireworks show for your Chicago July 4th celebration this year at Skokie! The festivities kick off with a parade at noon in downtown Skokie as marching bands, tumblers, live animals, and drill teams march the city streets. After the parade, food, drinks, and live bands will be available at Niles West High School as everyone waits for the unforgettable fireworks show. When the fireworks go off, throw on your 3-D glasses and watch as the fireworks get a special upgrade! Make sure you arrive early, glasses are only free to the first few guests.

Northwest Fourth-Fest

Spend your day at the Northwest Fourth-Fest and enjoy a family-friendly Chicago July 4th celebration. The Northwest Fourth-Fest features more than 40 different ticketed rides for kids and live entertainment. Pie eating contests, rock climbing walls, and an animal exhibit are just some of the activities that you’ll enjoy at this festival. Admission to the festival and live entertainment is free with food and beverages being an additional cost. The Northwest Fourth-Fest begins on June 30th and ends on July 4th.


If you want to enjoy one of the biggest Chicago July 4th fireworks show that you could find, make your way to Itasca. The village is no stranger to a great fireworks show. One year, the village reported that it spent $250,000 on its show! Live music and food vendors will be present selling food, drinks, and alcoholic beverages. Grab some food and a drink and get ready to enjoy this fireworks show! Itasca will definitely treat you to a July 4th that you definitely won’t forget.

Highland Park 4th of July Celebration

Bring the kids to Highland Park and enjoy this Chicago July 4th celebration that definitely has the kids in mind. This event starts off with a children’s bike and pet parade at 9:30 a.m. through Downtown Highland Park. After the kid’s parade, the main parade will begin at 10 a.m. featuring floats, live music, performing groups, and even giveaways! Once the parade ends, head to the Fourth Fest at Sunset Woods Park for carnival rides, pony rides, a petting zoo, and amusements. Food will be available from Highland Park restaurants to keep your family’s stomach filled and the perfect ending to the night. End off the night by relaxing in the Hidden Creek AquaPark pool as you float by and watch the fireworks with your family!

Chicago July 4th celebration at the Navy Pier's Rooftop

4th Annual Freedom Fest

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