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Commemorative Day

59th Annual Fourth of July Celebration

Wednesday, July 4

Commemorate our nation’s independence at the Museum. Join us for time-honored traditions, family-friendly festivities, and a keynote oration by the Honorable Anne M. Burke, Illinois Supreme Court Justice. 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! Following the event, the Museum is open from 12:00 noon until 4:30 p.m. with free admission for Illinois residents.


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 “American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER), Chicago Chapter”
  • Pledge of Allegiance led by Special Olympian Edward Doby
  • Declaration of Independence read by Michele Smith, 43rd Ward alderman
  • Keynote oration by the Honorable Anne M. Burke and Special Olympians Heather Farrell, Joshua Nykiel, and Carrie Nykiel

* An ASL interpreter will stand on the plaza to the left of the stairs, where there is reserved seating for guests who are deaf or hard of hearing.

This program is sponsored in part by the Musicians Performance Trust Fund.

The Details



4 th

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Event Location

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