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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 is situated on ancestral homelands of the Potawatomi people, who cared for the land until forced out by non-Native settlers. Established in 1856, the Museum is now at 1601 N. Clark Street in Lincoln Park, its third location. As a major museum and research center for Chicago and U.S. history, the Chicago History Museum strives to be a destination for learning, inspiration and civic engagement. Through dynamic exhibitions, tours, publications, special events and programming, the Museum connects people to Chicago’s history and to each other. To share Chicago stories, the Museum collects and preserves millions of artifacts, documents, images and other items that are relevant to the city’s history. The Museum gratefully acknowledges the support of the Chicago Park District on behalf of the people of Chicago. 

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