Fireworks at Navy Pier is always a must for the Fourth of July, but don’t stop there. Here are four other events that will make for a perfect Fourth of July Weekend.
4700 N. Broadway St.
$5 gate donation
Backyard barbecues are often a feature of the Fourth, but for those looking to avoid the cookout but still eat delicious food, Windy City RibFest is the answer. Featuring several nationally renowned barbecue joints as well as local favorites, this fest will surely satisfy the taste buds while keeping attendees entertained with music, beer, and a play area for kids.
Oakwood Beach, 4100 S. Lake Shore Dr.
Tickets start at $65
One of the few music festivals south of Downtown Chicago, Mamby on the Beach returns for its second year. This unique festival lets you dig your toes into the sand while listening to renowned artists like Chet Faker, Lupe Fiasco, Animal Collective, Santigold, Chromeo, and more.
July 4 from 10 a.m.–12 p.m.
1601 N. Clark St.
The event on Uihlein Plaza is free and admission to the museum will be free for Illinois residents.
This family friendly event features patriotic music by the Americana Concert Band, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the world’s tallest Uncle Sam. Following the event the museum will be opened until 4:30 p.m. Make sure to check out the “Lincoln’s Undying Words” exhibit, which looks at the iconic president’s evolving views on slavery through artifacts, speeches, and interactive experiences.
Take Me Out to the Ballgame
Whether you’re a Northsider or Southsider, celebrate America’s birthday with America’s pastime as the Cubs and White Sox are both in town. It all starts on the South Side with the Sox and Yankees at 1:10 p.m. Fans will enjoy a pregame acoustic set by Michael Tolcher and then the National Anthem by REO Speedwagon. Things move to the North Side as the Cubs play the Marlins at 1:20 p.m. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Cubs camouflage apron.