Celebrating the 4th of July in Chicago

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Fireworks on the night of July 4th are an American tradition that’s pretty much unavoidable in
Chicago. Despite this, finding things to fill the day before the sun sets can be difficult. Luckily,
Chicago has a myriad of events happening around the city to observe Independence Day.

4th on 53rd Parade and Picnic

Hyde Park boasts beautiful parks and gorgeous homes. This year the neighborhood invites you to celebrate the 4th with them. The parade hasn’t happened since 2019 but the event is back and better than ever. Lawn games, pony rides, face painting, and even a bouncy house will be festival attractions. Performances from Hyde Park’s Music Magic Time starts the musical performances at noon. Join in spectating the parade and then head to Nichols Park. There will be a picnic afterwards, perfect if you wish to enjoy some classic American fun.

Chosen Few Picnic and Festival

The Chosen Few Disco Corp. is a group of DJs from the South Side of Chicago. They helped create the genre of music now known as house music. Special guests Yogi, Stan Zeff, Manoo, Sadar, and more will join the lineup throughout the weekend. There will be performances, a picnic afterparty, and the closing party including a red carpet meet and greet. The sounds of soulful dance music will fill Jackson Park on Saturday, July 2, and patrons will get the unique opportunity to watch the top house musicians perform right in the genre’s hometown.

International Festival of Life

No matter what kind of music you enjoy, the International Festival of Life is sure to have something to get your toes tapping. The International Festival of Life promises music across the board such as reggae, jazz, blues, African, Latin, and gospel. The 29th edition of this African/Caribbean inspired event will feature food, arts, crafts, and games to play in beautiful Washington Park all weekend.

Grant Park Music Festival

Grant Park is known for its enjoyable free concerts throughout the summer, but this July 4th promises to be an especially celebratory one. With the Independence Day Salute concert, classic American tunes such as “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” “When the Saints go Marching in,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and multiple John Williams’ scores will be performed. Get yourself to what’s known as Chicago’s front yard to have a traditional and leisurely July 4th evening, while admiring some of the country’s most talented composers.

Millennium Park Summer Music Series

Walk down Michigan Ave. by Millennium Park on a Monday or Thursday night this summer and you’ll find yourself overhearing some of the variety of music from emerging artists. The Chicago Immigrant Orchestra is just one example of the performances the park boasts. Over the next weeks, at least one of the many genres is sure to catch your eye (or ear).

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