There isn’t anything quite like the Fourth of July, especially in Chicago. Last year’s Fourth of July Fireworks were spectacular, and this year’s will be no different. Locals and tourists alike will unite for the holiday to enjoy the fireworks again for 2013. This year’s event will be held at picturesque Navy Pier, overlooking the beautiful Lake Michigan. The captivating fireworks at the Pier will be visible from anywhere along the shoreline and will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.
- Perhaps one of the best choices on The Fourth is to enjoy a splendid, picturesque day right at Navy Pier, taking advantage of its countless entertainment and dining options until dusk when everyone’s eyes are on the sky. Afterward, enjoy the continuing festivities well into the evening. One option that is both excellent for families and couples is to ride on the famous, colossal Ferris Wheel at Navy Pier which accommodates up to 300 passengers and is 15 stories high with 40 gondolas. It offers one of the most brilliant views of Chicago and of course the fireworks. The Ferris wheel will be operating on Thursday, July 4, from 10 a.m. to midnight (weather permitting). All rides are first come, first serve and are $6 per rider.
- Another memorable Fourth of July experience is to marvel at the spectacular fireworks as they illuminate the skyline on a cruise right on Lake Michigan. Several different companies, such as Spirit of Chicago and Shoreline Sightseeing provide easy departure from Navy Pier. Indulge in dinner, dancing and an amazing view of the fireworks from an observation deck out on the lake.
- Spend the Fourth at Grant Park at the Taste of Chicago to combine food, music, rides and fun and a wonderful view of the fireworks. You can also make your way over to Buckingham Fountain, spread down a blanket and experience the fantastic spectacle from there. Another nearby option is spending the day at the gorgeous Millennium Park. This is a great spot for families to picnic and enjoy music and other activities on the holiday.