June 28, 2017

Summer Holidays at the Festival

The Grant Park Music Festival will feature two holiday celebrations in July, beginning with an appearance by the world-renowned brass quintet, Canadian Brass, for Canada's 150th Birthday Celebration on Saturday, July 1. Then, on the Fourth, guests are invited to don their favorite red, white and blue apparel for our nations's 241st birthday.

The Festival's annual Independence Day Salute distinguishes itself as one of Millennium Park's most popular concerts of the summer. The program of rousing marches and anthems attracts more than 11,000 Chicagoans and visitors to the Jay Pritzker Pavilion, providing the ultimate soundtrack to downtown's favorite Independence Day picnic under the stars.

Audiences look forward to the program of patriotic stalwarts--particularly the 1812 Overture, America, the Beautiful and the Armed Forces Salute—with Chorus Director Christopher Bell leading the Grant Park Orchestra.

Patrons have come to anticipate Bell's signature flashy outfits of red, white and blue, including starred and striped vests, kilts and platform shoes. Bell, an Irishman who calls it a privilege to conduct these concerts, remains tight-lipped about this year's garb.

Chicagoans are invited to grab a seat down front of pack a picnic on the lawn and take in the sounds of Sousa's Stars and Stripes Forever before shifting their attention to the Navy Pier fireworks visible from along the lakefront after the conclusion of the concert, starting at 9:30 PM.

A free encore performance of the Independence Day Salute will be held on Wednesday, July 5 at 6:30 PM at the South Shore Cultural Center as part of the Chicago Park District's Night Out in the Parks program.