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Fourth of July: How to Celebrate Safely

Now that the city is in Phase Four, more businesses and facilities have started to reopen. Chicago is on its way back to normality but still remains cautious. With Fourth of July around the corner, it is important that anyone who chooses to take part in the holiday celebrates safely.

What’s New?

In the past, Navy Pier would host a dazzling fireworks show for the Fourth of July. This year to continue to practice social distancing, the tourist hot-spot has decided to cancel the fireworks show. Fortunately, Chicago is hosting multiple virtual music festivals for family and friends wanting to celebrate the day while staying at home. 

“While we all reflect on America’s promise of freedom and justice and its painful legacy of racial injustice, I invite Chicagoans to commemorate this year’s holiday with family and close friends, connected with our city and people across our country through the healing power of music,” Mayor Lightfoot said. 

Enjoy the Music!   

One of the virtual music concerts will be hosted by Millenium Park and have the “Independence Day Salute” featuring the Grant Park Orchestra. Chicago is also having, “SummerDance in Place” festival. This virtual experience will include: an at-home salsa party, live dance lesson and salsa music. The Chicago park district encourages everyone to take part and offers all the virtual festival events for free.

Where to Safely Celebrate Outdoors  

For those looking to celebrate outdoors, the Chicago Riverwalk is available to the public. There are some remaining restrictions, restaurants require reservations and can only have 25% capacity. Inside areas still ask that customers wear a mask in order to enter inside. Other activities open on the river include Boat Tours.

The boat tours differ based on preference. The Chicago First Lady Cruise is offering Fourth of July boat tours day and night for those wanting to learn more about the city. Chicago Architecture Riverboat offers a chance to learn about the architecture. The Spirit of Chicago gives a late-night option for adults looking to dine and enjoy the skyline.

However one decides to celebrate the Fourth of July, make sure to respect the healthy guidelines. Chicago has made incredible progress transitioning into Phase Four. If you feel sick or are at high risk for COVID-19, stay home and enjoy the live music. For anyone deciding to attend outside events, remember to bring your mask! In conclusion, we hope that everyone celebrates the Fourth of July safely!

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