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Your Fourth of July plans may include a backyard barbecue or a concert, but what about seeing a fireworks display? In Chicago and the suburbs, those who wish to see the fireworks won’t lack for options. From fireworks alongside Chicago’s stunning skyline to patriotic festivities complete with parades, get ready to celebrate in style.

Don your favorite red, white and blue outfit and take a look at some of the best free firework shows in the Chicago area.See a full list of Chicago area and Northwest Indiana fireworks here.

Navy Pier Fireworks
600 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611
(312) 595-5282
navypier.com

Time: Saturday, July 4 at 9:30 p.m.

After a day of sightseeing, barbecuing or even lounging around the house, consider rounding up your friends and heading Navy Pier to see the fireworks display. The event, which is a tradition for many families in the Chicago area, is one way to end your Fourth of July festivities in style. The fireworks display is visible beyond Navy Pier, too, and can draw a substantial crowd; on that note, consider taking public transportation directly to Navy Pier. For something a bit different, you and your friends can hop on board one of the special fireworks cruises specifically for the event. Navy Pier also hosts fireworks shows throughout the summer, and the complete schedule, as well as information on fireworks cruises, is available on its website.

Fireworks By Winnetka Park District
Duke Childs Field
1321 Willow Road
Winnetka, IL 60093
(847) 501-2040
www.winpark.org

Time: Saturday, July 4 at 9:20 p.m.

Head to suburban Winnetka for the annual Fourthfest, complete with a fireworks display that caps a full day of activities. Fourthfest kicks off at 6 p.m. with a number of family-friendly activities that include face-painting, a moonwalk and more. The Blooze Brothers, a Blues Brothers tribute band, as well as the Jesse White Tumblers, are also set to perform. The Fourth of July parade and a flag-raising ceremony are also part of the day’s festivities.

Glen Ellyn’s Fourth Of July Fireworks
Lake Ellyn Park
645 Lenox Road
Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
(630) 858-2462
www.glenellyn4thofjuly.org

Time: Saturday, July 4 at Dusk

Relax along Lake Ellyn while taking in the fireworks during suburban Glen Ellyn’s Fourth of July fireworks display. If you plan to attend, you can claim a spot with a blanket starting at 6 a.m. on July 4. There’s more to do in Glen Ellyn besides watch the fireworks, too. The suburb’s Fourth of July festivities also include a number of family-friendly activities, with a four-mile run, parade and carnival games all on the schedule.

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MB Financial Park At Rosemont
5501 Park Place
Rosemont, IL 60018
(847) 349-5008
www.rosemont.com

Time: Thursday, July 2 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Get ready to rock a few days before the Fourth of July by catching the band Pride of Lions in concert at MB Financial Park at Rosemont. The band, fronted by Jim Peterik, takes the stage as part of the summer-long free concert series 2015 Rockin’ in the Park. The performance is capped off by a fireworks display, and concert-goers are invited to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets for the show. The park is located within about one mile of several public transportation options, including the Rosemont Metra station, and is near several dining options before and after the show.

3-D Fireworks Festival By Skokie Park District
Niles West High School
5701 Oakton St.
Skokie, IL 60077
(847) 674-1500
www.skokieparks.org

Time: Saturday, July 4 starting at 5 p.m.

If you’re looking for a day filled with festivities to celebrate the Fourth of July, then consider checking out the events organized through Skokie Park District. The festivities at Niles West High School kick off at 5 p.m., complete with live music, as well as food and drinks available for purchase. A fireworks display with a twist is also on the schedule, with a 3-D Fireworks Festival planned. In case of rain, the fireworks will be rescheduled for July 5.

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