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Join the Museum for the 58th Annual Fourth of July Celebration


Gather your friends and family for a Chicago tradition at the 58th Annual Fourth of July Celebration at the Chicago History Museum, free and open to the public on Tuesday, July 4 from 10 a.m. to noon.

Cook County state’s attorney Kimberly M. Foxx delivers a keynote address during the official program that begins at 11 a.m.

Foxx is the first African American woman to lead the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the country. Foxx was elected to the top prosecutor post after claiming victory in a historic election, during a critical time for the criminal justice system in Chicago.  Kim’s message of reform, restoring trust, and working with the community to increase public safety, resonated with the diverse citizens across the county who want to see a more balanced criminal justice system.

Additional highlights of program include opening remarks from Chicago History Museum President Gary T. Johnson, the presenting of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence by art and architectural historian Rolf Achilles.

Kids and caregivers are invited to celebrate with face painting, patriotic crafts, a juggler and a children’s parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam.

Following the event, the Museum is open from noon until 4:30 p.m. with free admission for Illinois residents.

Visitors are encouraged to explore the Museum’s newest exhibition, “Spies, Traitors and Saboteurs: Fear and Freedom in America.” The exhibition provides historical perspective on nine major events when the nation felt threatened by those within its borders and invites each of us to consider how to strike the right balance between security and freedom in the twenty-first century.

A full schedule of the day’s activities can be found at

The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago.


The Chicago History Museum, a major museum and research center for Chicago and American history, is located at 1601 N. Clark Street. The Museum has dedicated more than a century to celebrating and sharing Chicago stories through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming. The Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents and images to help audiences connect to the city and its history. The Chicago History Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. The Chicago History Museum is a 2016 winner of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest award given to these institutions for their community engagement and having an impact on the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

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