Things to do in the Chicago area: July 1-4

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(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — It’s the 4th of July weekend, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate across Chicago. WBBM Newsradio’s Rachel Pierson has a roundup of options.

Navy Pier hosts its iconic fireworks show Saturday night. You’ll also find stunning displays in Park Ridge on Sunday and in Evanston and Elgin on Monday.

And parades? Take your pick of parades happening on the 4th: Barrington; Deerfield; Lincolnshire; Lisle; Oak Park; Wheaton; Skokie; Spring Grove and Yorkville.

For a celebration centered around veterans and military members, head to the western suburbs Monday morning for the Naperville Salute. Hosted on Rotary Hill, the event blends local entertainment and family fun.

Grab a lawn chair and enjoy a medley of music during a patriotic band concert in Rolling Meadows. The Northwest Concert Band presents a free outdoor event at St. Colette Catholic Church Monday evening, immediately followed by fireworks .

There’s fun for the whole family during Frontier Days in Arlington Heights. The five-day festival features three stages of entertainment, a carnival and 4th of July parade.

When you're not busy celebrating the holiday, check out the African Caribbean International Festival of Life in Washington Park. The pop culture event brings together the best reggae and world music performances along with Afro-Caribbean food.

Walk into Prince: The Immersive Experience, and you'll be transformed into a purple-hued world of the legendary musician. The 24,000-square-foot space on Michigan Avenue features 10 interactive rooms filled with music, album covers and a recreation of Studio A from Paisley Park.

And the Midwest's longest-running music festival returns to FitzGerald's in Berwyn this weekend. The 39th Annual American Music Festival is back for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic and features a mix of roots, rock, blues, R&B, Latin and New Orleans jazz from across the country.

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