58th Annual Fourth of July Celebration
Tuesday, July 4 — Monday, June 12
Commemorate our nation’s independence at the Museum. Join us for time-honored traditions, family-friendly festivities, and a keynote oration by Cook County state’s attorney Kimberly M. Foxx. Other highlights include patriotic musical performances, a reading of the Declaration of Independence, and a children’s costume parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam!
On July 4, the Museum will be closed to the public from 9:30 a.m. to noon. Following the event, the Museum is open from 12:00 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. with free admission for Illinois residents. The Museum will be closed at 4:30 p.m. and we will not have late hours on July 4. We will resume late hours and our normal free day pattern on July 11.
- National anthem performed by the Americana Concert Band, directed by Randy Szostek, with vocalist Bradford Newquist. Medley of patriotic songs to follow.
- Juggling, face painting, and children’s craft activities
- Children’s parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam!
11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
- Welcome by Museum president Gary T. Johnson
- Posting of the Colors by PFC Ted Stempien VFW Post 8821
- Pledge of Allegiance led by Michele Smith, 43rd Ward alderman
- Declaration of Independence read by Rolf Achilles, art and architectural historian
- Keynote oration by Kimberly M. Foxx, Cook County state’s attorney
- Musical finale of The Stars and Stripes Forever from the Americana Concert Band
An American Sign Language interpreter will be present at the ceremony, located on the left-hand side as guests face the Uihlein Portico. Reserved seating near the left-hand side of the portico will be provided for easy visibility.
*All event details, including times, are subject to change.