On Wednesday, July 3, the cover band Arra will perform outdoors at the MB Financial Park at Rosemont, followed by a fireworks show. For details, visit www.rosemont.com.
The new RiverEdge Park in downtown Aurora will host a free Birthday Bash on July 4 with the Springsteen tribute band Bruce In The USA, followed by a performance by the Fox Valley Orchestra with guest conductor Lucia Matos. The evening culminates with a fireworks display at approximately 9:15 p.m. For details, visit www.RiverEdgeAurora.com or call 630-896-6666. To learn more about the performers, visit www.BruceInTheUSA.com and www.FoxValleyOrchestra.com.
In Chicago, the exclusive engagement of Cirque Shanghai: Dragon’s Thunder will feature additional performances on Thursday, July 4, at 2 p.m., 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., rain or shine, at the Navy Pier® Pepsi® Skyline Stage. Fireworks will follow at 9 p.m. off Navy Pier on 600 E. Grand Avenue. For more information, visit www.navypier.com.
Music Box Theatre is screening a pair of All-American movies on Independence Day. Yankee Doodle Dandy, the George M. Cohan musical, will be shown at 2 p.m. and Grease, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, returns in its sing-a-long format at 5 p.m. at the cinema on 3733 N. Southport. For details, visit www.musicboxtheatre.com.
Reds, Whites and Blues Independence Day Fest takes place from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 4, rain or shine. The patriotic-themed picnic party includes red wine, white wine and live Blues for $10 per person. Among the beverage sponsors are Napa Valley’s William and Hill Estate Winery. For more information on the City Winery event at 1200 W. Randolph Street, visit www.citywinery.com.
On Friday, July 5, saki hosts an opening reception of All a Blur: Selected Works 2003-2013 by Mat Daly with music by Nick Butcher and Jordan Martins at 6 p.m., followed by Off The Record: a brunchtime listening party with Owen’s L’Ami du Peuple at noon on Saturday, July 6, at the store space on 3716 W Fullerton Ave. in Logan Square.
A free Kids Identification and Safety Seat (K.I.S.S.) event takes place on Saturday, July 6, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Kohl Children’s Museum parking lot. Parents should bring child safety seats, children and the vehicle in which the child safety seats will be installed. Attendees will also receive a $2 off special discount on admission to the Museum after attending the event.
“The safety of our patrons and their families is of the utmost importance to us here at the Museum,” states Kohl Children’s Museum President and CEO Sheridan Turner. “Suprisingly, 80% of safety seats in Illinois are improperly installed. As all of our patrons should be using these seats, we feel an overwhelming responsibility to help educate our local community in partnership with the Illinois Tollway and State Police District 15.”
To learn more about K.I.S.S., visit www.illinoistollway.com . For more information on the museum, visit www.kohlchildrensmuseum.org or call 847-832-6600.