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Chicago History Museum 60th Annual Independence Day Celebration

This event is in the past - Thu 4 Jul 2019

The Chicago History Museum’s Annual Independence Day Celebration returns for its 60th year of education and family friendly tradition. The free celebration takes place in the plaza at the Chicago History Museum and is open to the public.

The Chicago History Museum’s Annual Independence Day Celebration returns for its 60th year of education and family friendly tradition. The free celebration takes place in the plaza at the Chicago History Museum and is open to the public on Thursday, July 4th from 10 AM to noon.

Chicago History Museum President, Gary Johnson, will deliver the keynote address during the official program that begins at 11 a.m. Gary’s speech will be dedicated to the late Russell Lewis, Chief Historian Emeritus for the Chicago History Museum, who passed away in April 2019. Lewis’ contributions to the Museum live on and continue to make an impact on his colleagues and in the community.

The event begins with a concert of patriotic music performed by the Americana Concert Band, directed by Randy Szostek. Additional highlights of the program include opening remarks from Walter Carlson, the presenting of the colors and the Pledge of Allegiance by Michelle Smith, 43rd Ward Alderman, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence by Tariq El-Amin, host of Radio Islam.

Kids and caregivers are invited to celebrate with face painting, patriotic crafts, a juggler and a children’s parade led by the World’s Tallest Uncle Sam.

Chicago History Museum 60th Annual Independence Day Celebration

  • Mon-Fri Closed
  • Saturday Closed
  • Sunday Closed

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