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The Grant Park Music Festival in Chicago celebrates freedom through music

Jewell Hillery and Eli Ong

16 mins ago

CHICAGO — From parades to barbecues, Americans celebrate their freedom in many ways, including by attending some of downtown Chicago's most popular attractions, such as the Grant Park Music Festival.

Tara Koeshall, who lives in Indianapolis, said she will be enjoying the holiday with her family at Millennium Park, and the spirit of Independence Day will be felt throughout the city.


“We just rode the train,” Koeshall said. “The train was decorated in red, white and blue. It was incredible.”

Although the City of Chicago will not be setting off any official fireworks tonight, Chicagoans are still encouraged to celebrate with music at the annual Grant Park Music Festival “Independence Day Salute,” taking place at 6:30 p.m. in Millennium Park.

“The Fourth of July is a time when we can just relax a little bit,” said Christopher Bell, one of the conductors of the Independence Day celebrations. “The music is very patriotic, very uplifting, very inspirational.”

For more information on July 4th events in and around Chicago, check out our online guide below: