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May. 23, 2024

Navy Pier Crowned ‘Best Place to See Fireworks’ for Second Consecutive Year

Navy Pier Crowned ‘Best Place to See Fireworks’ for Second Consecutive Year

CHICAGO— Navy Pier has successfully defended its title as “Best Place to See Fireworks” in the 2024 USA TODAY 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards contest. This victory comes after Navy Pier was crowned the category winner by the public in 2023. Nominees for all categories are chosen by a panel of travel experts which include a combination of editors from USA TODAY; editors from; relevant contributors; and sources for both these media and other Gannett properties.

“We are incredibly honored to have Navy Pier voted as the ‘Best Place to See Fireworks’ in the nation for another year,” said Navy Pier President and CEO Marilynn Gardner. “This recognition is a testament to the joy and wonder our Summer Fireworks bring to both locals and visitors from around the world. Our heartfelt thanks go out to our dedicated community of partners, supporters, and everyone who voted for us. We look forward to continuing to light up the sky and create unforgettable memories for all who visit Navy Pier.”

Free Summer Fireworks at Navy Pier will return Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend. Chicago’s favorite sky spectacle, set to popular and special occasion soundtracks, will take place every Wednesday at 9 p.m. and Saturdays at 10 p.m.

“We are deeply honored to have continuously provided one of Chicago’s most beloved spectacles,” said Pyrotecnico President & CEO Stephen Vitale. “Our family’s passion for fireworks has been shared with American families since the early 1900s, and partnering with Navy Pier to create these unforgettable displays is a privilege. We cherish the opportunity to bring joy and wonder to the residents and visitors of Chicago year after year.”

Founded in 1889, Pyrotecnico has been bringing people and communities together, creating memories, unforgettable experiences, and amplifying excitement. The award-winning company uses cutting edge technology to customize the Navy Pier’s show. provides users with original, unbiased, and experiential travel content of top attractions, things to see and do, and restaurants for top destinations in the U.S. and around the world. The core of the site’s uniqueness is its team of local travel experts: a well-traveled and well-educated group who are not only experts in their fields – and their cities – but discriminating in their tastes. Click here for the list of the other nominees and rankings.

Click here for b-roll of Navy Pier’s Summer Fireworks.

Note: All activities, times, and dates are subject to change.



Located on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier is the top nonprofit tourism destination in the Midwest, stretching more than six city blocks and typically welcoming nearly 9 million annual guests. Originally opened in 1916 as a shipping and recreation facility, this Chicago landmark showcases more than 50 acres of parks, restaurants, attractions, retail shops, sightseeing and dining cruise boats, exposition facilities and more. The Pier celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016 with the unveiling of the iconic Centennial Wheel, Polk Bros Park, Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion and Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion. In 2021, Navy Pier continued to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts—including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurants and partnerships, and thrilling additions to Pier Park. The Pier is also proud to continue providing free, year-round arts and cultural programming designed to inspire, educate and connect communities across the city and globe. Click here to donate to Navy Pier, a mission-driven 501(c)(3) organization, in support of the organization’s post-pandemic revival and free public programming. For more information, visit



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