Fourth of July: Five things to do


Still making plans for the Fourth of July? It’s not too late. Here are five things to do to celebrate the holiday in style:

Chicago History Museum 56th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

This family-friendly event features patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the world’s tallest Uncle Sam. The event begins at 10 a.m. and is free of cost with no reservations required. The museum itself will open to the public at noon and is free of charge for Illinois residents that day. For more information, visit

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Windy City RibFest

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. The fest is at Lawrence Avenue and Broadway in Uptown, and is easily accessible via the Red Line and #36 Broadway bus. For more information, visit


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 Orioles at 1:10 p.m. The first 10,000 fans will receive a Bobby Jenks bobble head ahead of the much-anticipated 2005 World Series reunion later this month. Things move to the North Side in the evening as the Cubs play the Marlins at 6:15 p.m. After the game, the Cub’s will have their first post-game fireworks show in the team’s history. Both U.S. Cellular Field and Wrigley Field are accessible via the CTA Red Line. For more information, visit or

100406-N-1232M-001  CHICAGO (April 6, 2010) Sailors assigned to various commands at Naval Station Great Lakes unfurl an American flag before the 2010 home opening Chicago White Sox baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Thomas Miller/Released)

A Chicago White Sox baseball game at U.S. Cellular Field. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist Thomas Miller/Released)


Annual fireworks shows will be taking place throughout the area as the country celebrates its founding. If you cant make it to the show at Navy Pier, here are some other local shows to check out:
Evanston – Sheridan Road and Church St., 9:15 p.m.
Winnetka – Duke Childs Field, 1321 Willow Road, 9:15 p.m.
Skokie – Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St., dusk (3D fireworks)


African/Caribbean International Festival of Life

This West Loop festival, now in its 23rd year, allows for attendees to celebrate being citizens of the world through international food, music, crafts, and more. Tickets for adults start at $17. For more information, visit

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