Nothing says Fourth of July weekend like fireworks shows (or exploding port-a-potties). In Chicago, most take place a day early, on the night of July 3. Here's where to catch them near you this weekend.
The city's free Grant Park and museum campus Taste of Chicago fireworks show starts at 9 p.m. Friday and will last around 20 minutes. The 85th Army Band will play in Grant Park from 7:30 p.m. until showtime.
The Navy Pier fireworks show, also free, happens Saturday night, beginning at 9 p.m. The Navy Pier rooftop is open to the public from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. with a cash bar.
For those with access to a boat, follow the Examiner's guide for seeing the shows on the lake.
The Chicago Park District is asking that people who are grilling over the weekend to safely dispose of hot coals in provided red, metal "hot coal cans," and not dump them near trees or playgrounds.
And the ever-reliable Parking Ticket Geek has a handy guide to traffic hot spots this weekend along with some sage advice for city car owners:
If you are one of those goofs who has an alarm on your car, disable it over the weekend if you park on the street. Most likely, the large caliber fireworks going off in your neighborhood will set your alarm off. So shut it off. It doesn't do anything anyways.
As much as I love fireworks, the M-80's going off at midnight waking up my kids is bad enough. We don't need your damn car alarm going off too.