Fireworks won’t be the only thing lighting
up the sky for the Fourth of July at the 16th-annual LaRosa’s Balloon
Glow at Coney Island — tethered hot air balloons will illuminate the
park with glowing color all evening.
Washington Park is getting in on the
family-friendly red, white and blue fun with its Fourth of July Jam, a
day of live music, carnival games and a truly jammy screening of The
Grateful Dead’s “Fare Thee Well” performance at Soldier Field —
celebrating the Dead’s 50th anniversary, as well as the remaining
members’ final performance together.
One of the city’s most eclectic and colorful Fourth of
July parades (since 1854), the Northside parade celebrates independence
with sparkling floats, neon Acid-dream processions (mostly from vintage
store Chicken Lays an Egg), tons of classic cars, lots of dance troupes
and drum lines, plenty of hand-shaking and candy-throwing politicians,
many creative red-white-and-blue outfits and a lot of day-drinking
CityBeat is taking over Horseshoe Casino’s
Diamond Lounge with drag queens, DJs and donations for Lighthouse Youth
Services and Strategies to End Homelessness’ LGBTQ+ youth
homelessness-prevention initiative, Safe and Supported.
Kevin Hart, everyone’s favorite little
comedian and most likely literally the hardest working man in show
business (in the past two years he’s been in seven movies, including
Ride Along, The Wedding Ringer, Get Hard and on and on), brings his
“What Now?” stand-up tour to U.S. Bank Arena.