No fireworks shows at Navy Pier over 4th of July weekend

Navy Pier won’t host its beloved fireworks shows on July 3 or July 4 but will offer family-friendly programming and activities, including live music and dance performances.

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Fireworks near Navy Pier on July 4, 2017.

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Navy Pier’s Fourth of July festivities will go off without a bang again this year after organizers announced Thursday that fireworks won’t be part of its two-day celebration.

Navy Pier won’t host its beloved fireworks shows on July 3 or July 4, according to a news release that blamed “the previously unknown status of the COVID-19 pandemic in Chicago this summer and its impact on the Pier’s ability to successfully plan for the large-scale celebration in advance.”

The pier will instead offer family-friendly programming and activities, including live music and dance performances, according to the release. Guests can also enjoy attractions that weren’t open last year, like the iconic Centennial Wheel and other rides and attractions.

This marks the second straight year Navy Pier has nixed its 15-minute Fourth of July fireworks displays.

“Planning for this celebration would have needed to begin in March to procure necessary regional and federal security resources and develop a comprehensive plan to safeguard the well being of the more than 100,000 guests who visit the Pier that day in anticipation of the only formal fireworks show in the city,” the release states.

“Given the short lead time following the recent announcement of Illinois and Chicago’s respective Phase 5 reopening plans, the Pier was unable to begin preparations in time to ensure a successful celebration this year.”

Fireworks will resume at Navy Pier on July 7, with shows planned every Wednesday and Saturday through Labor Day weekend.

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