Where to Watch Fireworks in Chicago This Fourth of July

Where to Watch Fireworks in Chicago This Fourth of July

With the Fourth of July nearly upon us, there’s one question on everyone’s mind: where do you go to watch the fireworks this year? For those who call Chicago home, or those spending the long weekend visiting the Windy City, the city is full of great spots for viewing the fireworks display this year. Looking for the perfect viewing location? Look no further:

The Shedd Aquarium | 1200 S Lake Shore Drive

Chicago’s famous aquarium is a prime spot for viewing the Fourth of July fireworks this year. Since the Shedd is right on the water, meaning it will have terrific views of the displays lighting up the night sky. Better yet, it’s likely to be less crowded than waterfront spots hosting live bands or other Independence Day celebrations.

Millennium Park | 201 E Randolph Street

The Windy City’s most famous park might just be one of its best spots to see fireworks this year. With tons of space to spread out and a clear view of the night sky and city skyline behind it, Millennium Park is the perfect spot to bring a picnic, hang out in the grass with your friends, and view the gorgeous patriotic display as it illuminates the evening sky. You might even be able to catch a cool reflection of the show in the Cloud Gate sculpture!

NEMA Chicago | 1210 South Indiana Avenue

Do yourself a favor and see if you can get yourself invited to a party at Rafael Viñoly’s Grant Park-adjacent masterpiece, NEMA Chicago. Rising 76 stories above the city, there’s virtually no better vantage point from which to see the evening’s fireworks display.

Navy Pier | 600 East Grand Avenue

You can’t get much closer to the Fourth of July fireworks in Chicago than a spot on Navy Pier. Spend the day shopping at nearby stores like Fashion Bazaar, Nakamol, and IT’SUGAR, grab a bite at Offshore Rooftop & Bar or Billy Goat Tavern, and spend the evening under the stars watching the red, white, and blue show in the night sky.

Promontory Point | 5491 S Shore Drive

With peerless views of Lake Michigan and fewer crowds than some of the city’s other waterfront hubs, Promontory Point is an ideal spot to spend a relaxing Fourth of July and catch the fireworks display. Pack a blanket and a picnic and make this a low-key Fourth of July celebration you won’t soon forget.   

Whether spending the evening high above the city in a luxury tower or down on the ground in one of Chicago’s famous parks, there are countless amazing places in the Windy City to celebrate this Fourth of July, so grab your red, white, and blue accessories, your friends, and snag yourself a seat.