4th of July Weekend in Chicago: Fireworks, Festivals, and More Things to Do with Kids

See a 4th of July parade in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the 4th on 53rd Parade, Facebook
See a 4th of July parade in Chicago. Photo courtesy of the 4th on 53rd Parade, Facebook

Looking for the best things to do in Chicago this 4th of July weekend? Here are some family-friendly events and activities to add to your list for this weekend.

Not sure what to do with the kids this weekend in Chicago for the Fourth of July? We rounded up so many events this weekend, including fireworks, parades, festivals, and carnivals for patriots of all sizes! And plenty of the things to do in Chicago this weekend are perfect for littles who can't stay up late enough to see fireworks: Kids can enjoy parades in Hyde Park, Hinsdale, or Arlington Heights; concerts in Rosemont, Grant Park or Brookfield Zoo; or festivals in Washington Park or Oak Brook.

Beat the heat this weekend in Chicago at one of the best free public pools or lakeside beaches. Or get out of town for the Fourth of July weekend with a Chicago-area day trip, by staying at a local campground, or discovering one of the best children's museums in the country.

Discover even more activities in our jam-packed event calendar. Happy Fourth of July!

Places featured in this article:


Frontier Sports Complex

4th on 53rd Parade Staging Grounds

Lake Ellyn Park & Boathouse

Museum of Contemporary Art

Illinois Beach State Park

Starved Rock State Park

Chain O’Lakes State Park

Kettle Moraine State Forest

Indiana Dunes State Park

Silver Beach County Park

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Movies on the Lawn at Oakbrook Center
Oakbrook Center - 7:00 PM Pick
North Center Summer Concert Series
North Center Town Square - 7:00 PM Pick
Raya the Last Dragon: Midweek on the Midway
Midway Plaisance Park - 7:00 PM Pick
Grant Park Music Festival
Jay Pritzker Pavilion - various times Pick
Grant Park Music Festival
Harris Theater at Millennium Park - various times Pick
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