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Commemorative Day

60th Annual Independence Day Celebration

Thursday, July 4 — Thursday, July 4

Commemorate our nation’s independence at the Museum. Join us for time-honored traditions, family-friendly festivities, and a keynote oration by our president, Gary T. Johnson, on a special topic selected by our late chief historian emeritus Russell Lewis. 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.

FREE event on the CHM plaza


10:00–11:00 a.m.
• The Americana Concert Band, directed by Randy Szostek
• Juggling, face painting, and children’s craft activities

10:45–11:00 a.m.
• Children’s parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam!

11:00 a.m.–12:00 noon
• Welcome by Walter C. Carlson, chair of the Chicago History Museum board of trustees
• Introduction by CHM senior vice president and master of ceremonies John Russick
• Posting of the Colors by Cornelius Robinson Coffey Cadet Squadron, Civil Air Patrol, US Air Force Auxiliary
• National Anthem, performed by the Americana Concert Band with vocalist Bradford Newquist
• Pledge of Allegiance, led by Timuel Black, activist, community organizer, and historian
• Declaration of Independence, read by Tariq El-Amin, host and producer of Radio Islam
•Keynote oration by CHM president Gary T. Johnson


* 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



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

Event Location

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