Chicago’s Way of Celebrating America!

July 02, 2014

Fourth of July fireworks in Chicago We all know what the Fourth of July is about. It’s about eating watermelon, watching fireworks and spending quality time with family and friends, all while celebrating the independence of our country! Knowing this, many places are trying to do their best to enhance your experience for this holiday. If you are a new homeowner in Chicago, then you’re probably wondering where the best spots are to celebrate in the city. Here are our favorite places:

Widely known in the Chicago area, the Arlington Race Track hosts many cool and interesting events, making it one of the best places to go! The Race Track features a live band, which this year is How Far to Austin; tons of family activities, such as a face painter and magicians; and of course the traditional firework display, but with a twist. This year, Mike Ditka is giving a special presentation that will be kicking off the fireworks, show that you don’t want to miss. For more information on what the Arlington Race Track has to offer, check out their website here.

Next we have Frontier Days, which is the city of Arlington Height’s very own festival. This year, it will be going on from July 2 through July 6. Established in 1975, the Daily Herald has cited it as “the finest festival in the northwest suburbs,” and it has also won the Governor’s Hometown Award three times. This Festival features three stages filled with entertainment, family events, and sports activities, which are all free. The festival also offers carnival rides, carnival games and great food served by volunteers, and it hosts one of the best and biggest Fourth of July Parades in the suburbs. This is a great place to spend time with tons of friends!

Oak Fest is similar to Frontier Days, but the community offers the festival its own little spice. The fest is also happening July 2 through July 6, and it includes many unique events, such as the Annual Car and Bike Show, the 5K Liberty Run and Bingo games suitable for those 18 and older.  Oak Fest also has live bands playing and they do have a fireworks display, known as the Spectacular Fireworks Extravaganza!

Navy Pier is also holding a fireworks show on July Fourth. This one is hosted by the Illinois Lottery and should be one of the best displays in the city.

If you are just looking for the best places to watch the fireworks, then be sure to catch the amazing view from any of these wonderful locations: Buckingham Fountain, Monroe Harbor, Ohio Street Beach (yes, this is in Illinois!), North Avenue Beach Volleyball Court, the Observatory of the John Hancock Center, John Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium, Theater on the Lake, Promontory Point Park, Montrose Beach or the Northerly Island. These are only 11 of the many places to view some of the best fireworks of the year.


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