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CHICAGO—Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot and the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) today announced the City’s signature Fourth of July holiday events including a virtual House music festival, a virtual “Independence Day Salute” concert, and at-home Salsa dance parties across Chicago. These free special events are presented by the City of Chicago and its partners in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“We are pleased to offer new ways to celebrate the Fourth of July while prioritizing health and safety,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “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.”
Navy Pier will open from 10am to midnight on July 4 and welcomes guests for a safe experience with limited capacity. Its annual Fourth of July fireworks will not be held until the awe-inspiring display Chicagoans are used to can take place safely and in accordance with state and city health guidance to prevent gatherings of large crowds. For details about Navy Pier’s offerings, visit navypier.org.
Chicago’s new and reimagined Fourth of July events include:
Millennium Park, Maggie Daley Park, the Chicago Riverwalk, the Lakefront Trail, the 606 Trail, and most neighborhood parks will be open during Fourth of July weekend in accordance with Chicago Department of Public Health guidance, to ensure the safety of residents and visitors alike.
Announced yesterday, Chicago will move into phase four of its Protecting Chicago along with the rest of Illinois on Friday, June 26. Phase four – ‘Gradually Resume’ – will allow additional businesses and public amenities to open with limited capacities and appropriate safeguards. Although progress has been made in order to move to phase four, all residents should continue to abide by important guidance including: physically distancing and wearing a face covering; limiting non-business, social gatherings to 50 persons for indoor events and 100 for outdoors; staying at home if you are considered vulnerable, feel ill or have come into contact with someone with COVID-19; and getting tested if you have symptoms.
For updates about DCASE programming, permitting and venues, visit chicago.gov/dcase.
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