Weekend of 4th of July Events at Navy Pier: Fun for the Whole Family

Posted on June 19th, 2018

Riva Crab House Fireworks

With Summer in full swing and Independence Day right around the corner, it’s time to plan your holiday weekend around these fun and affordable events at Chicago’s Navy Pier.

4th of July Cruises at Navy Pier

Celebrate this Independence Day with cruises offered by Spirit of Chicago, Mystic Blue, and Odyssey! These luxurious cruises feature an exquisite buffet-style meal, a DJ for onboard entertainment, fun games for the whole family, and a one of kind view of Chicago’s picturesque skyline. During the dinner cruises, bask in the beauty of a clear view of Navy Pier’s spectacular fireworks display. This 4th of July weekend, cruises are available from June 29-July 4. Pick from a dinner, lunch, brunch, or cocktail cruise during these dates.

All Ages

Chi-Soul Fest at Navy Pier

Chi-Soul Fest, or the Chicago Soul Music Festival, celebrates Chicago’s deep roots in the history and success of soul music at Navy Pier. During the 1960s and 70s, recording studio, record row, was the home to many classic soul artists such as Etta James and Curtis Mayfield. Even though this legendary studio is no longer with the city, the soulful music that came from it still impacts Chicago’s music scene today. Enjoy this free lineup of Chicago soul music offered by Chi-Soul Fest during your 4th of July weekend.

Come hang out at the Miller Lite Beer Garden at Navy Pier to catch these talented artists perform live as a part of Chi-Soul Fest. Friday, June 29, starting at 9 pm, watch Isaiah Sharkey perform a distinct fusion of soul, jazz, and blues. Then on Saturday, June 30, enjoy the brilliance of multi-instrumentalist Sam Trump at 5:30 pm.

Free Event! All Ages

Miller Lite 4th of July Concert at Navy Pier

Miller Lite Beer Garden is hosting the best 4th of July party in the city! Come out for ice cold Miller Lite and stay for the free live music from Local Motive, Concert Roots, and Marina City. The first performance begins at 5 pm and the last one ends at 9:20 pm just in time for Navy Pier’s epic Summer Fireworks show presented by Aon.

Free Event!

Aon 4th of July Fireworks at Navy Pier

On Independence Day at 9:30 pm, join us at the Miller Lite Beer Garden for the best free fireworks spectacle in Chicago. Enjoy summer fireworks displays at Navy Pier every Wednesday and Saturday night all the way through Labor Day.

Free Event! All Ages

Stefani Signature Restaurants At Navy Pier

While enjoying your 4th of July festivities at Navy Pier, remember to bring your appetite to any of the three Phil Stefani locations. Visit the Riva Crabhouse on Navy Pier to witness the breathtaking views of the Chicago skyline and a menu filled with incredible seafood, steaks, and wines. Treat yourself to the only seafood restaurant along the lakefront of Chicago.

Check out the Miller Lite Beer Garden outside on the East End of Navy Pier with great views of Chicago’s skyline and lakefront. Adults can enjoy selections of draft beer, while the kids rave about the delicious food.

Chango Loco brings the environment of a cantina along with the delicious authentic Mexican grub you’d expect. They’re famous for their nachos, tacos, and carne asada. Those looking for drinks will not be disappointed as they also serve beer, margaritas, and daiquiris at reasonable prices with a stunning view of the Chicago skyline.

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