Grab your picnic basket and everything red, white, and blue that you own—America’s favorite summer holiday is almost here. Of course, we’re talking about the 4th of July, a great day when everyone can dress in the most absurdly patriotic thing they can find, spend the whole day barbecuing and drinking, and then end it with a bang. Fireworks are the ultimate way to celebrate 4th of July, and Chicago has no shortage of fireworks displays. These seven fireworks spots are sure to entertain everyone on the 4th.

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1. Navy Pier

This is the classic spot in Chicago for fireworks, and this year is supposed to be bigger and better than ever. The show starts at 9:30pm, but you definitely will want to arrive early to grab a good spot. If you’re willing to spend some money to get away from the crowds, there are multiple cruises that will be taking guests out on the water for a different view of the spectacle. You can also buy tickets to the Navy Pier’s Rooftop Freedom Fest for even better views.

2.  Skokie

The free celebrations start at noon with a parade, and then continue on to Niles West High School with food, drinks, and music at 5pm. The main event will be a 3D fireworks show at dusk. What exactly is a 3D fireworks show, you may ask? The first 10,000 people to arrive will get free 3D glasses to really up the ante of the display. It looks like this, and it will be amazing.

3. 360 CHICAGO

If you want to see as many fireworks as possible, 360 CHICAGO will be a great venue. Their full views of the city will make for an exciting night. They are planning on being extremely busy, and they suggest that you arrive as early as possible. Adult tickets (ages 12+) are $20, youth tickets (ages 3-11) are $13, and children (under the age of 3) are free.

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4. Itasca

Itasca’s 25-minute fireworks show is certain to wow everyone. The show will begin between 9:45 and 10pm at Hamilton Lakes.

5. Evanston

Kick off the night with a concert by the Palatine Concert Band from 7:30-9pm. At 9:15pm, the musical fireworks show will start on the lakefront. Tune your radio to 90.5 FM to hear the music and watch from anywhere along the lakefront.

6. Glen Ellyn

Talk about a full-day celebration. For those who want to get a good patriotic run in, join the Freedom Four Four-Mile Run at 8am. After that, the parade will begin at noon in Downtown Glen Ellyn. Continue on to enjoy moonwalks, obstacle courses, carnivals games, music, and more at Lake Ellyn Park from 1-4pm. The day will end with a bang starting at dusk at Lake Ellyn.

7. Naval Station Great Lakes

Can’t get enough of the 4th? The two-day festival at Naval Station Great Lakes will satisfy all your red, white, and blue needs. There will be a carnival, live music, paintball, and much more. And there won’t just be one night of fireworks. Oh no, you’ll get TWO nights of fireworks here. On July 3rd, they will start around 9:45pm, and on the 4th around 9:30pm.

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