This post originally appeared at ChooseChicago.com, where I am a contributing writer.
The Fourth of July calls for fun, flags, outdoor dining and of course, fireworks. Put on your best red, white and blue duds and get ready to celebrate our nation's independence. Here are six kid-friendly ways to celebrate the 4th in Chicago.
Chicago History Museums's 56th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Head to the Chicago History Museum on the 4th for the annual family festival from 10 a.m. - noon. Patriotic music, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a keynote oration by civic leader Ronald J. Gidwitz will get you into the spirit of America. Wear red, white and blue and bring a flag so you can march in the children's costume parade led by the World's Tallest Uncle Sam. Afterward, head back to the museum to check out the grand opening of the new experiences in the Naphtali ben Yakov Pritzker American History Wing. The Museum opens at noon and admission is free for Illinois residents. The festival is free and no reservations are needed.
Millennium Park Family Fun Festival
Millennium Park will be hosting a Family Fun Festival all summer long, every Saturday and Sunday, from June 22 - August 23, at 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. On the Fourth of July, interactive activities, sing-a-longs and circle dances from Old Town School of Folk, story times, and arts and crafts for kids of all ages with have a patriotic theme.
Grant Park Music Festival Independence Day Salute at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Celebrate the 4th with the Grammy Award-nominated Grant Park Orchestra led by Artistic Director and Principal Conductor Carlos Kalmar and the award-winning Grant Park Chorus led by Chorus Director Christopher Bell, in a summer of world premieres, The Independence Day Salute concert will be held on Saturday, July 4, 2015, at 7:30 p.m. at Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Spread out a blanket and enjoy a picnic as you listen to classic American tunes such as Stars and Stripes Forever and the 1812 Overture. Purchase tickets in advance at grantparkmusicfestival.com.
Fireworks Dinner Cruise on the Spirit of Chicago
Enjoy the best view in the city of the spectacular Navy Pier fireworks from aboard Spirit of Chicago. Enjoy a festive buffet, interactive DJ entertainment and best of all, front-row seats to the fireworks. The cruise boards at Navy Pier at 7:45 p.m. and departs at 8:30 p.m., returning at 11:30 p.m. Call 866-273-2469 or book your cruise online.
Riverside Fireworks at Pinstripes
Pinstripes (435 E. Illinois St.) is hosting a family-friendly, four-course dinner overlooking the Chicago River to celebrate the nation's 239th birthday, and the riverside patio is the perfect place to watch the fireworks over Navy Pier. The event takes place on Saturday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m.; fireworks begin at 9:30 p.m. Five bocce courts (5 indoor, 2 outdoor) and 11 bowling lanes including two private lanes round out this date for guaranteed family fun. Cost is $49 per person and reservations are required at brownpapertickets.com/event/1644856.
Fireworks at U.S. Cellular Field
Nothing screams America like a good old fashioned baseball game, and U.S. Celluar Fieldrolls out the red carpet this year for its littlest fans. Cheer on the White Sox as they face the Seattle Mariners on the 4th and stay afterwards for an awesome fireworks show.
Photos: Chicago History Museum Fourth of July Celebration courtesy of Chicago History Museum; Pritzker Pavilion by Christoper Neseman; Fireworks at U.S. Cellular Field by Velcro. via flickr (CC BY 2.0)