Celebrate the fourth of July with a close-up view of fireworks bursting over Chicago’s iconic skyline. The city’s most beloved Independence Day tradition is watching the fireworks at Navy Pier on July 2, 2022.
This annual waterfront fireworks show will dazzle crowds for 15 minutes on Saturday, July 2, at 9:30 pm. You can catch the free show with holiday-themed music all over the city but the best spots are on Navy Pier (arrive early) North Avenue and Oak Street Beaches, Chicago Riverwalk and Millennium Park.
Guests at the pier will receive “diffraction glasses,” courtesy of Hilton, to add an exciting layer of visual interest to the fireworks display (while supplies last).
There are no fireworks at the pier on Monday, July 4.
For a front-row seat on the water, book a boat cruise to grab all the fireworks action. Navy Pier’s summer fireworks displays will continue every Wednesday at 9 pm and every Saturday at 10 pm through Labor Day.
Other Free Navy Pier Fourth of July Events:
Live on the Lake!
Listen to free music at the Navy Pier Beer Garden. The concerts will feature Manny Torres (2- 4:30 pm ), Creedence Revived (5:30-8 pm) and Pino Farina (9-11:10 PM) on Saturday, July 2. On Sunday, July 3, Chicago Latin Groove (2-4:30 pm) DJ Papa (4:30-7:30 pm) and Hurricane Reggae Band 5:30-8 pm). On Monday, July 4, Blues great John Primer (3-5:30 pm) and Trippin’ Billies (6:30-9 pm)
Arts & Agency: Exploring the African American Quilting Tradition
An innovative exhibit of quilts created in the African American tradition of weaving fabrics connected to personal histories into one elaborate quilt will be on display at Festival Hall A, Terrace Level 1, from 11 am-10 pm on July 2-4.
Wave Wall Moves
Outdoor dance performances kick off every Saturday at 3 pm. On July 2, catch Japanese classical dance by Shubukai.
Wave Wall Wax
Chicago’s top DJs spin every Saturday from 5-7 pm. Groove to vintage house and Latin tunes by DJ Mo Mami on July 2.
Navy Pier Fourth of July Weekend Fireworks
Navy Pier, 700 E. Grand Ave.
July 2, 2022, at dusk