Crowds expected at Navy Pier for fireworks

July 4, 2011 (Chicago)– Larger crowds are expected at Navy Pier on this Fourth of July as the Pier hosts the only fireworks show in Chicago tonight.

For the second year in a row, there is no fireworks show sponsored by the city.

Admission is free for the 9 p.m. Monday show at Navy Pier, and organizers say the show will include 15 minutes of fireworks.

During last year’s Independence Day weekend fireworks show at Navy Pier, police had to close the gates because the Pier had reached capacity. Many who could not watch from Navy Pier itself found spots along the lakefront.

Although, this year, the Taste of Chicago wrapped up Sunday, so, there will be no built-in audience for the fireworks show.

Officials say additional Chicago police officers will be present at Navy Pier for the show. CTA is also increasing its service to the area. For more information, visit the CTA’s website ( Metra train service is also an option for those commuting.