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Apr. 17, 2024 | Vote Navy Pier as Best Place to see Fireworks!

Navy Pier Seeks to Defend Title as ‘Best Place to Watch Fireworks’ in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

Navy Pier Seeks to Defend Title as ‘Best Place to Watch Fireworks’ in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards

CHICAGO – Navy Pier is excited to announce its nomination as “Best Place to Watch Fireworks,”

in USA Today’s 10Best Readers’ Choice Travel Awards, for a second consecutive year. The nomination comes after Navy Pier was crowned the category winner by the public in 2023. The contest gives voters four weeks to vote for the candidate of their choice here.

A person can vote once a day for the run of the contest. Voting ends Monday, May 13, and the winners will be announced on Wednesday, May 22.

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.

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

Click here for still images of Navy Pier’s Summer Fireworks.


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 8 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. Today, Navy Pier continues to usher in its second century with ongoing Pier-wide redevelopment efforts – including Sable, a 223-room Hilton hotel, new restaurant and retail partnerships, and thrilling new attractions such as Flyover Chicago. The Pier is proud to present free, year-round 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. For more information, visit



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