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From sea to shining sky: Fourth of July in Chicago 

Nine events bursting with fireworks and patriotism

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Another 90s Party: Wet Hot American Summer Edition Beauty Bar hosts this all-American installment of its Another 90s Party series. Get down to some throwback tunes, summer camp-style. Sat 6/30, 9 PM, Beauty Bar, 1444 W. Chicago, 312-226-8828,, $5.

Chicago History Museum Fourth of July Celebration For an educational holiday activity, head over to the Chicago History Museum for its 59th annual Fourth of July celebration, featuring a parade for children, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a keynote speech by Illinois Supreme Court justice Anne M. Burke. Wed 7/4, 10 AM, Chicago History Museum, 1601 N. Clark, 312-642-4600, Free

Fireworks at Navy Pier A classic! Make your way to Navy Pier for its annual fireworks display. Make sure to get there early; the party will close once it reaches capacity, and a large crowd is expected. Wed 7/4, 9:30-9:45 PM, Navy Pier, 600 E. Grand, 312-595-7437, Free

Four-Course Fourth of July Dinner Watch the fireworks from Pinstripes' riverfront patio while enjoying a main course of maple-glazed salmon or boneless short rib, accompanied by antipasto, salad, and dessert. Wed 7/4, 7:30 PM, Pinstripes, 435 E. Illinois, 312-527-3010, $80.

Fourth of July Kickoff Party Hopsmith Tavern hosts a patriotic rager, complete with drink specials, giant games, barbecue, and a live DJ. Prizes are awarded for best outfits; don't hold back on the red, white, and blue. Sun 7/1, 11 AM, Hopsmith Tavern, 15 W. Division, 312-600-9816,

Fourth of July Late Night After the fireworks, the Owl offers drink specials and a midweek dance party. Wed 7/4, 10 PM, the Owl, 2521 N. Milwaukee, 773-235-5300, Free

Fourth on 53rd Parade and Picnic This year marks the 26rd anniversary of Hyde Park's annual Fourth of July celebration, a family-friendly south-side tradition. Decorate a bike or wagon and march in the parade, or join in afterward for the picnic and festival at Nichols Park (1355 E. 53rd). Wed 7/4, 10 AM, 54th and Old Lake Park. Free

Independence Day Salute The Grant Park Orchestra performs a selection of patriotic works, including Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," featuring 16-year-old pianist Emily Bear. Wed 7/4, 6:30 PM, Pritzker Pavilion, Millennium Park, Michigan and Randolph, 312-742-1168, Free

July Fourth Jazzin' at the Shedd Part of the Shedd Aquarium's summer jazz series, this iteration carries an Independence Day theme. Enjoy access to the entire aquarium, take in tunes by local jazz musicians, and dine on all-American hot dogs and hamburgers. Wed 7/4, 5 PM, Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore, 312-939-2438,, $25.   v


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