Conductor Christopher Bell leads the Grant Park Chorus in an Independence Day Celebration

Independence Day Celebration

A celebration of the United States' 236th birthday with beloved favorites—and a few surprises—by Gershwin, Copland, Bernstein, Sousa, and others who have created music that distills America's spirit and renews our pride.


Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor
Paul Corona, Baritone


Bernstein: Candide: Overture

Gould: Amber Waves

Williams: Olympic Fanfare and Theme

Copland: Old American Songs

Grofé: Mississippi Suite

Gershwin: Girl Crazy: Overture

Wendell: Sea to Shining Sea

Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

Sousa: The Stars and Stripes Forever
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Dress in your favorite Fourth of July gear and celebrate Independence Day on the Great Lawn. Bring a picnic, grab a friend, and enjoy the sounds of the Grant Park Orchestra. Send us your photos from the concert on Twitter @gpmf or on Facebook. Stay after the concert to catch the fireworks from Navy Pier at 9:00PM.

JPMorgan Chase is proud to support the Grant Park Music Festival and celebrate then men and women who serve our nation. As part of its commitment to veterans, JPMorgan Chase is working with other major employers to hire at least 100,000 veterans by 2020. This coalition, The 100,000 Jobs Mission, is hosting a hiring event for veterans and military spouses on July 12 from 9:00AM to 2:00PM at the University of Illinois at Chicago's UIC Forum. Learn more and register online here.

This event is sponsored by:

JPMorgan Chase & Co.ComEd