Navy Pier Summer Fireworks Come with Lots of Dining Options and a Rockin’ Soundtrack

Posted on May 30th, 2017

Navy Pier fireworks

Over the years Chicago has become known for its dedication to twice weekly fireworks displays at Navy Pier during the summer months. Wednesdays and Saturdays every summer, the Pier is lit up by a beautiful display of fireworks that illuminate the city and lakefront.

The year’s grandest display takes place each Independence Day. The Navy Pier July 4 fireworks are an incredible show seen by millions of people from Chicago and its suburbs.

This year’s Saturday fireworks displays will be even more rocking with the news that select shows will be coordinated to the music of the Rolling Stones. This is to mark the Stones’ exhibit on display at Navy Pier through the end of July.  The Rolling Stones’ blockbuster exhibit, Exhibitionism, is an immersive, interactive music experience, featuring 500 rare Rolling Stones items. This is a family friendly exhibit, with children 12 and under entering  for FREE.

And while the fireworks can be seen from many points in the city, Navy Pier is the prime viewing location, and Phil Stefani Signature Restaurant group has three amazing venues on the Pier to eat, drink and watch the show.


You’ll have a front seat for any of the 2017 Navy Pier fireworks from just about any table at Riva Crab House on Navy Pier.  With a more upscale experience, Riva features  Australian Lobster Tail to Alaskan King Crab to our signature steaks and chops. For a more casual atmosphere, Riva also offers outdoor dining at Riva Cafe, which is located just steps from Lake Michigan.  To ensure seating at Riva for the Tuesday, July 4, 2017 fireworks show, make your reservations today. We normally sell out very quickly.

Miller Lite Beer Garden On Navy Pier

The Miller Lite Beer Garden on Navy Pier has officially opened for 2017 and offers a “brew with a view” and a delightful menu of burgers, brats and pizza by the slice. The Beer Garden will be another hot spot for viewing this summer’s fireworks displays and the July 4 show. Best of all, there is never a cover charge to enter the Beer Garden and families may come and go as they wish all summer long.

ChaNgo Loco

If Mexican food is more to your taste, Phil Stefani’s Chango Loco on Navy Pier offers a full menu of tacos, quesadillas and other south of the border favorites.  Chango Loco also offers a selection of beers, cocktails and margaritas with ample outdoor seating from which to watch the show Navy Pier fireworks.

So, if you’re heading to Navy Pier for the 2017 fireworks display, start making your plans today. The holiday will be here before you know it, and once again we’re anticipating record crowds.


When: Tuesday, July 4, 2017
Time: Display starts at 9:30 p.m.
Where: 600 Grand Ave., Chicago
Sponsor: Miller Lite

Riva Crab House
700 E. Grand Ave.
Chicago, IL 60611

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