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16 Easy Ways to Celebrate Fourth of July in Chicago

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The weekend will be in full swing for 4th of July celebrations in Chicago. Enjoy events and activities around the city or in the comfort of your own home.

From firework shows(professional and non-professional) to cookouts at home, here are simple and fun ways to celebrate the 4th of July holiday weekend in Chicago.

Why do we celebrate the 4th of July?

The traditional summer holiday has always marked a celebration in the United States. According to, also known as Independence Day or July 4th—has been a traditional holiday since the 18th century and the American Revolution. From 1776 to the present day, July 4th has been celebrated as the birth of American independence, with festivities ranging from fireworks, parades, and concerts to more casual family gatherings and barbecues.

A plate of food from a 4th of July cookout
A plate of food from a 4th of July cookout // Photo by Taylor Justin

Things to do during 4th of july Weekend in Chicago

  1. Plan a BBQ and ask your friends and family to provide all of the delicious side dishes and desserts.
  2. Celebrate with the Chosen Few DJs at an exclusive after-party.
  3. Relax by yourself at a local park or garden in the city.
  4. Save and explore popular attractions in Chicago. You can save up to 10% on select offers to Chicago sites with code GoSave.
  5. Sip specialty cocktails at rooftop bars that even the locals love.
  6. Freshen up your summer wardrobe and shop at a trendy boutique.
  7. Improve your health and wellness with dancing, yoga, and music at the beach.
  8. Take a long stroll on the Chicago Riverwalk.
  9. Get out on the water by renting a pontoon, sailboat, yacht, or even jet ski.
  10. Celebrate the best of Reggae and World Music Acts at the African and Caribbean International Festival.
  11. Visit Chicago’s surrounding suburbs for fireworks or neighborhood parade.
  12. Soak up some sun at a small town beach like Muskegon, MI.
  13. Grab some friends and hit up your favorite Chicago beach.
  14. Check out popular festivals in the city Including our favorites.
  15. Experience FullFest at a Black-owned private beach for an exclusive South Side celebration at FullFest.
  16. Gather friends and family for a patriotic salute with the Grant Park Orchestra and Chorus.

Interested in more things to do this weekend in Chicago? Check out our events calendar for a list of popular events taking place around Chicagoland.

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