The 3 Most Obvious July 4 Fireworks Displays Near You

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Onlookers watch a fireworks display at Oak Park and River Forest High School. | Wednesday Journal file

Tuesday, July 4, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 7/4/17

This 4th of July, celebrate Independence Day in color with some of the largest (and most obvious) fireworks displays near you (ranked in progression of obviousness):

3) Forest Park

After a four-year hiatus, the Forest Park District of Forest Park is resurrecting its July 4th fireworks display. From the Forest Park Review:

“Forest Park National Bank is the event’s main sponsor and gave a “very generous” donation to the fireworks, Entler said. The park district also received about $6,000 from residents after a fundraising campaign. In February, the village council approved a request from Piekarz to include a donations appeal along with the vehicle sticker renewal mailing.

“Along with the evening fireworks, two musical acts are scheduled. The first group, Circle of Fifths, kicks off at 4 p.m., followed by The Redmonds at 6:30 p.m. “

2) Oak Park (parade and fireworks)

This longstanding tradition kicks off at 10 a.m. on July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street. The fireworks display starts at around dusk if the weather permits, inside of the Oak Park and River Forest High School stadium, at the corner of East Avenue and Lake Street in Oak Park. For more info, click here.

1) Fireworks at Navy Pier

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Onlookers enjoy the fireworks display at Navy Pier. | Choose Chicago

The grandaddy of them all. From

“Enjoy a spectacular [FREE] show of pyrotechnics with a special holiday fireworks display along the downtown lakefront. At Navy Pier beginning [600 Grand Ave. in Chicago] at 9:30 pm on Tuesday, July 4, colorful fireworks will light up the sky with a mix of patriotic music in the background. Don’t forget, also at Navy Pier all summer long, catch the free fireworks on Wednesday and Saturday evenings.

“PLEASE NOTE: Navy Pier expects to see some of its biggest crowds and at certain points, may reach capacity and close its gates to ensure the safety and comfort of all guests. Plan your visit accordingly and arrive early if you have advance tickets/reservations for performances, dinner or cruises.”

More Independence Day Fun

Grant Park Music Festival: Independence Day Salute

FREE · Millennium Park · 201 E. Randolph St.

[From Choose Chicago]: “On Tuesday, July 4 from 6:30-8:00 pm, the Grant Park Music Festival presents its annual holiday concert. Bring your family and friends and celebrate the Fourth of July under the stars in Millennium Park at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion with an evening of patriotic favorites, including Stars and Stripes Forever, the 1812 Overture and more. An encore performance will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.” VFP

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