No Fourth of July Fireworks at Navy Pier This Year

Navy Pier summer fireworks in 2011. (Michael Mayer / Flickr)Navy Pier summer fireworks in 2011. (Michael Mayer / Flickr)

No surprise here, but Navy Pier won’t be hosting its annual Fourth of July fireworks display, in order to prevent a large gathering of people, Chicago officials announced Wednesday.

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Not that the holiday will be short of illegal booms, crackles and pops, if recent weeks are any indication. 

In terms of approved activities, the city will present a number of alternative events on July 4, including a virtual House Music Festival and an at-home version of the popular SummerDance program.

One tradition that will continue, sort of: The Grant Park Orchestra will still perform a medley of patriotic tunes on the fourth. But the concert will stream on YouTube instead of taking place in front of a live audience.

Here are the details: 

Virtual Chosen Few Picnic & House Music Festival, noon-9 p.m. Saturday, chosenfewdjs.com. Livestreamed performances and DJ sets from the Chosen Few DJs: Wayne Williams, Jesse Saunders, Tony Hatchett, Alan King, Andre Hatchett, Terry Hunter and Mike Dunn. Plus special guest performers Byron Stingily, Carla Prather and comedian/actor/DJ Deon Cole. 

SummerDance in Place, 5-6:30 p.m. Saturday, youtube.com/chicagodcase. A 30-minute salsa dance lesson by Latin Street followed by 60 minutes of music by Afinca’o, recorded at Millennium Park. Plan a smaller, socially distant dance party and connect via the live broadcast.

Independence Day Salute, 6:30–7:30 p.m. Saturday, gpmf.org. The Grant Park Orchestra will perform “America the Beautiful,” “1812 Overture,” “Stars and Stripes Forever” and more. 

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