Navy Pier announces Fourth of July weekend celebration

Photo courtesy: Navy Pier

CHICAGO – Navy Pier is celebrating Independence Day with a weekend of events and activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Celebrations are set for Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4 and include live music, dance performances, and more.

The Pier will not host a fireworks show on either day this year because of the previously unknown status of COVID-19 in Chicago this summer and its impact on the Pier’s ability to plan for the show.

“Navy Pier is committed to delivering safe, quality experiences, and an event of this nature typically requires months of advanced planning, which we were not able to implement this year due to uncertain timelines related to COVID-19 cases and restrictions in Illinois and Chicago,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “As a result, we have made the difficult decision to forgo our Fourth of July fireworks tradition once again. However, we look forward to welcoming guests throughout the weekend for family-friendly festivities and other treasured Pier-wide experiences in dining, boating, shopping, free entertainment and more.”

Though the weekend’s celebrations will not include fireworks, guests can still enjoy other Pier-wide experiences, like the iconic Centennial Wheel and other Pier Park attractions, including two new rides.

Another new feature this year is the Sable at Navy Pier, a 223-room hotel featuring floor-to-ceiling windows for a unique view of the city and lake.

Guests can also visit the Navy Pier Beer Garden and Wave Wall Platform for live entertainment all holiday weekend.

For more information on how the Pier is celebrating Independence Day, visit the Navy Pier website.

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