Fiery Places to Watch the 4th of July Fireworks

Fouth of July Fireworks
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Where will you be when the clock strikes 9 and the fireworks start popping off at Navy Pier this July 4th? If you don’t want to be stuck in a tourist trap but still want to see all the action, try celebrating America’s Birthday at one of these five fiery places. Each one is unique and guaranteed to set your summer ablaze.

Kayak Chicago
Show off your adventurous side by paddling down the Chicago river past the blazing lights of the city under a water cannon and up towards Navy Pier. The calmness of the river beneath you, the comrade of friends in the darkness, and the star studded sky will set the mood for a thrilling show. Listen to the boom boom boom of the bombs bursting in mid-air and watch as colors explode and trickle down and fade into the night. After the show, race your buddies back and take pride in your winning — after all it is three miles each way.

Starting Location: 1501 N. Magnolia Ave
Time: 7pm – 10:45pm
Contact: Dave Olson
Phone: 630.336.7245
Website: kayakchicago.com

Dinner Cruises
Ahoy Mates! Ready for some maritime fun? Then board one of Navy Pier’s three dinner cruises: The Odyssey, Spirit of Chicago, or Mystic Blue Cruises. If planning an elegant night, the Odyssey might strike your fancy. Enjoy a three-course plated dinner and a roaring live band, then behold the grand finale of fireworks. Or for a more casual cruise, navigate over to the Spirit of Chicago or Mystic Blue. You’ll feast on a grand buffet and get down on the dance floor to the songs of the DJ. You might find yourself toasting in the twilight and appreciating the red, white, and blue erupting above you.

Website: OdysseyCruises.com/Chicago/
Phone: 866.305.2469

Website: SpiritofChicago.com
Phone: 866.273.2469

Website: mysticbluecruises.com
Phone: 877.299.7783

Montrose Beach
The city will be shooting off our favorite colorful plumes from this north side location in conjunction with the display happening at Navy Pier. Head to this beach for less crowding with the same great view. Parts of this beach are dog friendly, so if the pooch doesn’t mind loud noises, bring him or her along!

63rd Street Beach
In synchronization with the Navy Pier show will be another fireworks show on the south side spot. Head to Promontory Point or the beach itself to enjoy the city from one of our favorite views.

Grant Park
Want some freedom to set your own schedule? Then sprawl out at Grant Park. With 319 acres of land, Chicago’s front yard is the perfect place for a picnic or to challenge your friends or family to a game of cornhole (which we all know was invented in the midwest!). Bring your own patriotic music, blankets and beverages of choice, and celebrate America’s turning of another year whichever way you want.

Location: 337 E. Randolph St
Phone: 312.742.7648

The Terrace @ Trump International Hotel & Tower Chicago
Party like Don (Donald Trump that is) at this enchanting location. Take the elevator up sixteen floors to the restaurant stylishly named Sixteen. Walk past 900 bottles of red and white wines, pass under the 19,000 Sworski crystal-clad chandelier and step onto the Terrace at the Trump. With its dramatic views of the surrounding buildings, the Chicago River and Lake Michigan, you’ll feel like you’ve landed in a fairy tale. Not Cinderella, but more like Peter Pan — and if you could fly you would stop the Tribune Clock from changing so you could spend more time in this coveted spot. When the fireworks start shooting off from Navy Pier you’ll be sure you have the best seat in town.

Location: 401 N. Wabash Ave 16th Floor
Time: 2:30pm – 11pm
Phone: 312.588.8000
Website: trumpchicagohotel.com

About Natalie Scheid

When Mattel manufactures your idol and your nickname is Barbie life can get pretty unreal. My favorite activities include cheering on the White Sox (I’ve been converting Cubs fans since 1986), meeting new people and writing on the rooftop with the skyline as my backdrop. You might be able to find me at the opening of a new hot spot, soaking up some culture at a local museum or art show, or enjoying one of the cities fabulous festivals. So…. catch me if you can!

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