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Lakeside Lights: Two Ways to See the Navy Pier Fourth of July Fireworks Display in Downtown Chicago

Lakeside Lights: Two Ways to See the Navy Pier Fourth of July Fireworks Display in Downtown Chicago

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Water laps the shore at Navy Pier and the city skyline glows over Lake Michigan. The fountains erupt as kids laugh and play, the Chicago sun setting behind you.


The sound of the bat resounds from Wrigley Field as the Cubs take the lead, and suddenly…


The sky ignites over Willis tower, lighting the already starry night with colors of red, white, and blue.

Wow, you think, as the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel turns and the cool breeze hits your face, this is gorgeous. Colors reflect off the water in a dazzling display, and a brilliant atmosphere of light consumes you. Energy is high and eyes are turned towards the sky as people smile in awe.

One of our most wonderful American holidays and events is happening – 

Fourth of July Fireworks!

Catalyst Chicago wants to ensure your Fourth of July is spectacular with the best fireworks displays near downtown Chicago.

You’ll find the links to several amazing shows below, and don’t forget to book your boat cruise on the Summer of George lakefront cruise before tickets sell out.

  1. Navy Pier Fireworks – the most spectacular show!

While the Navy Pier website has yet to update their Independence Day Fireworks plans, it looks like the phenomenal show will be happening again in 2021. For downtown Chicago, Navy Pier (600 E Grand Ave.) is the premier place to watch the night sky light up over Lake Michigan. The fireworks are usually synced with music, making this fireworks display one of the best in the Chicago area.

  1. Chicago River and Navy Pier Boat Cruise

If you’d like to take the Navy Pier display even further, the Summer of George boat does a Fourth of July cruise every year. Set sail from 900 South Wells Street and witness the beautiful skyline along the Chicago River before heading out on Lake Michigan to watch the Navy Pier Fireworks. Alcohol will be served on two levels, along with live music. 

Boarding starts at 6:30, and the boat leaves at 7:30 sharp.

For an ongoing list of other Fourth of July shows and events in the Chicago area, check out the Chicago Tribune’s article on where to see fireworks here.

Leave us a comment if you have questions or know of other shows in the area!

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