Hey Chicago families, the 4th of July is already here! Seeing that the 4th lands on a Thursday this year, parents have a perfect excuse to plan an extra long weekend filled with family fun activities.

Are you still trying to figure out some last minute plans for the weekend? Here are our top picks for kid-friendly events your family will love.

4th on 53rd Parade

4th on 53rd Parade

The 4th on 53rd Parade is a great way to celebrate an old fashioned July Fourth. The parade staging is at 54th and Old Lake Park Avenue in the Hyde Park Bank parking lot. Assembly is at 10:30 a.m. and step off is at 11 a.m. The parade will head south on Lake Park Avenue, east on 55th Street, north on Hyde Park Boulevard and then west on 53rd Street, ending at Nichols Park, where the fun continues into the afternoon!

Independence Day Cruise

Independence Day Cruise

Celebrate the 4th of July on the water in an open air yacht. Buy your tickets today through Chicago Yachts Events on Pearachute before they run out!

International Festival of Life

International Festival of Life

The 27th Annual Festival of Life takes place on Thursday- Sunday, July 4th -7th, 2019 in Washington Park, 58th and Cottage Grove, commencing from noon to 10:00 pm each day. This year’s festival will have reggae and world music along with food and crafts for the entire family. This is an awesome destination for Chicago families going on all weekend long.

Windy City Ribfest in Uptown

uptown ribfest

Nothing screams the 4th of July more than a good old-fashioned barbeque. Windy City Ribest has live music and, of course, lots of tasty slabs, at this 11th annual Fourth of July celebration in the red hot Uptown entertainment district. There is also a crafts and kids’ area for your little ones. The festival is taking place from Thursday 7/4 to Saturday 7/6.

Summer Nights at the Brookfield Zoo

Summer Nights Brookfield Zoo

Summer Nights is back for a sixth season! Enjoy Brookfield Zoo in a new light. Families can enjoy enhanced dining, beer and wine garden, live music, roaming performers, Animal Ambassadors, and a new laser light show, all surrounded by wildlife and nature. See what the Brookfield Zoo has in store for families this 4th of July Weekend!

4th of July Celebration at the Selfhelp Home

4th of July Celebration The Selfhelp Home

The Selfhelp Home will be serving up a classic Chicago style picnic on the roof. Families can enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs and everything in between! There will also be a special performance on the roof by The Adams Jazz Trio followed by a fireworks show at dusk. It’s the perfect spot to enjoy Independence Day traditions with the entire family. Book your spot today!

Princess Day at Raging Waves

Your favorite princess friends are coming back for more magical fun this summer! Come for a meet and greet on July 6th. If you would like to purchase tickets for admission to Raging Waves, you can book them on Pearachute!

Independence Day Play at Pump it Up

4th of July Play

Jump for Freedom! Head over to Pump it Up Chicago for some indoor fun before the BBQs and fireworks kick off in the evening. There is free parking available for your convenience.

Find more Chicago family activities on Pearachute all summer long!