With Independence Day quickly approaching, we’re busy making our plans and taking advantage of all Chicago has to offer on this most patriotic of holidays. Of course the big event is the City of Chicago’s unparalleled fireworks display on Navy Pier, which can be seen from all over the city. Set to take place on Wednesday night, July 4, there are several viewing options. Of course there is always Navy Pier itself, where you can take advantage of the abundant restaurant and bar options and even ride the carousel or the Ferris wheel while you wait for dark to fall. But if you’re more of a boat person, there are plenty of fireworks cruises available as well — check out the Chicago architecture fireworks cruise, the Wendella fireworks cruise, the Seadog fireworks cruise or choose from several dining cruises available, like this one aboard The Odyssey. If you prefer a more hands-on boating experience, there’s always the option of watching the fireworks while kayaking; try Urban Kayaks or Kayak Chicago. For landlubbers, perhaps a trip to the top of the world-famous John Hancock building is the view you’d prefer. Or the Ledge at the Skydeck Chicago (in what is still mostly referred to in Chicago as the Sears Tower.)
If you’re looking for a way to bide your time during the day on Wednesday waiting for the fireworks, head over to the Chicago History Museum, where they’ll have musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam. Events take place from 10 a.m. to noon. Or head on over to Millennium Park at 6:30 p.m. for symphonic renditions of Gershwin, Copland and John Philip Sousa conducted by Christopher Bell.
What’s more American than baseball? The Cubs are out of town, but the White Sox host the Texas Rangers at U.S. Cellular Field on July 4. Or if that is too much excitement for you, you can always just lay back and relax on Chicago’s 15 miles of lakefront beaches, which are free and open to the public. Rent a chair or a volleyball net for a whole day of sun.
Whatever your style, you’re bound to find a great way to celebrate Fourth of July in Chicago this year! Happy Independence Day from the Apostal Group!
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Brian Teutsch