A picnicker at the annual Independence Day Salute

Independence Day Salute

The place to be on the Fourth of July—this beloved Chicago tradition celebrates American independence with a medley of popular and patriotic favorites. Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Orchestra bring out the red, white, and blue with “Yankee Doodle,” “America the Beautiful,” a salute to men and women in uniform, and Sousa’s The Liberty Bell (a.k.a. the Monty Python theme).  A rousing lead-up to fireworks along the lake front, the Orchestra’s grand finale features thundering cannons in the 1812 Overture, and the iconic Sousa march Stars and Stripes Forever.

Where & When

Jay Pritzker Pavilion
Concert: Saturday, July 4, 2020, 7:30pm – 9:00pm 


Grant Park Orchestra

Christopher Bell, Conductor

Katelyn Lee, Soprano

Nicholas Boettcher, Double Bass


John Philip Sousa: The Liberty Bell

Arr. Robert Lowden: Armed Forces Salute

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture

John Philip Sousa: Stars and Stripes Forever
and more

This concert is part of the Festival HD series. It is being broadcast and streamed live on 98.7WFMT/wfmt.com.

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The City of Chicago has implemented a security perimeter and bag check policy for all concerts at the Jay Pritzker Pavilion. Changes have also been made to venue opening times and the prohibited items list.