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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.


10:00 a.m.

  • 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

10:45 a.m.

  • 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.


The Details



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10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Event Location

Chicago History Museum Plaza

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