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Celebrate Independence Day 2020 with Navy Pier!

Chicago’s iconic lakefront destination is open for the 4th of July and ready to welcome you, your friends and family! From 10 a.m. to midnight, enjoy free live music in the Miller Lite Beer Garden (open to all ages), dining opportunities, cruises and more. Check out all there is to do at the Pier for Independence Day here!

Evening drinks at the Miller Light Beer Garden


Live Music All Weekend Long

Free live performances by a variety of bands and live DJs will be at the Pier throughout the 4th of July and holiday weekend at both the Miller Lite Beer Garden and Wave Wall Platform. Continue to check our website for the full list of performances, including Wave Wall Wax on the 4th of July and Live on the Lake! on Sunday, July 5. We’ll see you there!

Friends Socializing at Navy Pier


Restaurants and Dining

Choose from alfresco dining opportunities at many of Navy Pier’s restaurants with outdoor spaces, like Giordano’s, Harry Caray’s Tavern, Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville, Offshore, Riva Crabhouse and Tiny Tavern. If you’d prefer to grab a quick bite, stop by at America’s Dog & Burger, Billy Goat Tavern, Completely Nuts, Dippin’ Dots, McDonalds and more. 

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Parks and Public Spaces

Enjoy the beauty and sights of Chicago and Lake Michigan at many of the Pier’s parks and public spaces, including Polk Bros Park, Peoples Energy Welcome Pavilion, North and South Docks, Pier Park, East End Plaza and the Crystal Gardens.

A family choosing a souvenir t-shirt to remember their visit


Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion

For a shopping and snack break, head to the newly reopened Fifth Third Bank Family Pavilion to explore many of the Pier’s retail shops and Food Experience Corridor.  

Couple on a cruise near Navy Pier


Boats and Cruises

A great way to celebrate the holiday weekend is to enjoy a Lake Michigan cruise! Odyssey, Seadog, Shoreline Sightseeing, Spirit of Chicago and Tall Ship Windy are some of your options for the 4th of July. Read our “Choose Your Cruise!” blog for a personalized guide to see what you’ll enjoy most!

Safety Tips and Guidelines

Here are some of Navy Pier’s safety tips and guidelines to keep guests, staff and partners safe and healthy. Read our full guidelines here so you are in the know before your 4th of July visit!

  • Stringent cleaning and disinfecting
  • Physical distancing practices
  • Social Distancing Ambassadors
  • Masks required at all times
  • Wash hands regularly
  • 80 hand sanitizers throughout the Pier
  • Those who are sick, have COVID-19 symptoms or diagnosis, or have been exposed to someone with symptoms or diagnosis within the last 14 days should stay home.

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Navy Pier is the People’s Pier, Chicago’s lakefront treasure, welcoming all and offering dynamic and eclectic experiences through partnerships and programs that inspire discovery and wonder.

Since its reopening in 1995, more than 180 million guests have come to enjoy the Pier's 50 acres of unparalleled attractions and experiences. In 2021, Navy Pier continues to evolve into an accessible, year-round centerpiece for Chicago’s diverse arts and cultural treasures.

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