Hilton Fireworks kicks off Navy Pier Independence Day weekend

CHICAGO, Ill. – Navy Pier has announced the schedule of events for its 4th of July weekend celebration.

The festivities begin with Hilton Fireworks on Saturday, July 2 at 9:30 p.m.

Visitors will be given “diffraction glasses” to add an exciting layer of visual interest to the fireworks display, which is just one of many free programs that aim to promote unity across the city.

“Hilton is thrilled to present the spectacular fireworks display scheduled for the 4th of July weekend,” said Vice President of Marketing for the Americas at Hilton Aligi Gardenghi. “Hilton is a firm believer in bringing people together, and we’re thrilled to partner with People’s Pier and welcome everyone to experience the light and warmth of hospitality with this festive celebration.”

Saturday will also be the Live on the Lake! musical series at Navy Pier Beer Garden, featuring Chicago singer-songwriter and American Idol finalist Manny Torres, tribute band Creedence Clearwater Revival Creedence Revived, and adult alternative rock band Pino Farina Band.

Wave Wall Moves, a free series of outdoor dance performances led by classical Japanese dance group Shubuki, begins at 3 p.m., with Chicago DJ Mo Mami mixing house, dance and popular music for Wave Wall Wax at 5 p.m.

In addition to the music, guests can also explore the Art & Agency: Exploring the African American Quilting Tradition exhibit at Festival Hall A, Terrace Level 1 during regular pier hours.

“Navy Pier is known as People’s Pier for a reason,” said Marilynn Gardner, President and CEO of Navy Pier. “We hope that all of our neighbors will come and take advantage of the free programs planned for the holiday weekend and throughout the year.”

Ticketed events for the weekend include the Chicago Shakespeare Theater musical “It Came from Outer Space”, an 18-hole miniature golf course based on characters and scenes from classic Pixar movies called Pixar Putt, boats cruise ships moored at Navy Pier and Pier Park, which features the 200-foot-tall Centennial Wheel.

On Independence Day, Live on the Lake! returns with performances by Grammy-nominated blues artist John Primer and Dave Matthews tribute band Trippin’ Billies.

Navy Pier has announced that there will be no fireworks on Monday, July 4.

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