The Eighth Annual 4th of July Bash
Pass the Torch
The story began in 1992. Things looked pretty grim. The “Boys from Boston” (as they were
unofficially known) were short on funds. They realized they would not be able to make the
trip home for their usual July 4th celebration. It looked desperate until they conceived a
bold and daring plan. If they could not go to the party, they would bring the party to
After much thought, consideration and beer, they circulated an invitation to twenty
of their closest friends asking the following simple question, “Why spend July 4th away, when
you can watch the Red Sox play in Chicago?” and with that simple question the 4th of July
Bash was born.
From these twenty people, word has spread and now people from all over the
country plan their July 4th celebration in Chicago. With the festivities
scheduled around events like the “Taste of Chicago”, a baseball game, backyard bash,
and the pub crawl-scavenger hunt, it is easy to see why this has grown into an
The responsibility of hosting the party has changed over the years, but the
main theme remains the same: “Great friends, good booze and the City of Chicago as
our personal playground!”
The torch of hosting the event on Howe has gone originally from
Mark to the current committee below. This year we pass the torch, as many familiar
names are now “retiring”...
Time to walk the dogs!!
Friday, 2nd of July:
Arrival Party on a yacht in Lake Michigan, Post Party at the Hangge Uppe
Saturday 3rd of July:
Volleyball in the morning (North Ave Beach), Sox Game at Comiskey Park ,FIREWORKS at the
Petrillo Mushic Shell , then party at a bar TBA
Sunday 4th of July - Clambake by day, Scavenger hunt at night all through Lincoln Park
Monday 5th of July - Afternoon farewell / departure
Last year, we reached a record of 300 plus! Friends from as far away as Finland attended all
The Committee would like to thank everyone who made it possible. A special thanks to last
year’s planning committee, and all our friends for attending.
This Year’s Committee Members
Should you have any questions regarding the events, please email Chicagofourth@yahoo.com
for prompt answers by our experienced party planners.
Yacht Party 2nd of July, Friday
We’ll be leaving from Burnham harbor at 8:30 pm, cruisin' Lake
3 hours. That's right... A 3 hour tour, A 3 hour tour!
Plan on arriving at 8:00 so we can check everybody in and proceed to soak up the views,
and enjoy the nightly Navy Pier fireworks, as a prelim for the big event on Sunday!
There will be an open premium bar, music on board, and munchies.
This is a great way to kick off the weekend!
Your committee... Your crew.
Cabs will be available after the cruise.
The PPC highly
recomends this as your form of transportation for the evening so we can all make it
through the weekend!
Post Party: Hangge Uppe Bar at the corner of State & Elm. Free Cover, drink specials, and
tons of dancing to 70’s and 80’s music. Caution: watch out for bad dancers!! Note: bar
closes at 3 a.m. Why the Hangge Uppe? The original party planners of this event were former
bouncers there, who now claim “real” jobs in respectable financial institutions.
Volleyball and the SOX 3rd of July
Beach, Babes, Boys, and Volleyball (Weather permitting) Everyone welcome!! There will
be volleyball, laying out, swimming, watching co-eds, Frisbee. Bring your towel, beach
chair and/or rollerbaldes and bike and coolers (bring your own drinks, we'll provide
the snacks). Start time is 8 AM to 4:30 PM. Weather permitting there will be volleyball
nets set for games at North Avenue Beach.
LOOK FOR THE SMILEY FACE FLAG. There will be two nets for both people having fun
and another for people who think they can play. We play right by the water so
make sure you bring your bathing suit. Bring drinks, but alcohol is against the law. So
we will be making some “Hawaiian Punch” to keep the spirits high. There will be
rollerblading and bike trips (rentals available) on the lake front to all Chicago’s sites.
This has turned out to be a great place to spend the 3rd.
at noon meet at Party Central at 1834 N. Howe. We will be leaving for the
White Sox/Red Sox game, taking the “El” (not to "Elk" or the "Elm" shown here) together.
FIREWORKS!! The world's greatest skyline!! 3RD OF JULY
What better way to kick off the holiday weekend than to watch the Lakefront fireworks,
synchronized to the CSO in the Petrillo Music Shell? (The Chicago Symphony Orchestra
is one of the premier orchestras in the WORLD). The fireworks start at sunset (9:30) on
July 3rd, and is a HUGE event in Chicago, with a turn out over one million people
Look for a huge blue helium balloon near the music shell in Grant Park. After it’s
all over, we are heading to a bar TBD. Check back for details and a map with our
To guarantee a great spot by the music shell and no overhead trees, we are going
to claim our spot EARLY that day. Come early, sunbathe, have a picnic! The more
people that come early, the bigger our spot for the evening.
HOUSE BARBEQUE PARTY, SCAVENGER-HUNT PUB CRAWL 4TH OF JULY
The house barbeque party starts at 11AM and will continue until 5 PM. This is the
major event and will be at the house on Howe. All mixed drinks, beer, wine and
barbeque food (ribs, chicken, burgers, clam chowder, brats, hotdogs, salads,cookies, etc…)
are all included.
"mmmmm... ribs, chicken, burgers, clam chowder, brats, hotdogs, salads, cookies, etc..."
The Scavenger-hunt pub crawl will be the main evening event. It starts from the Clambake
at 5PM promptly. Teams will be in groups of five. There will be ten bars involved,
LOTS OF BEVERAGE and a trophy for the Winning team. This will be an organized event
and have all sorts of goodies involved. You don’t want to miss this event (TRUST US)!
We will assign individuals to teams for the Scavenger Hunt. This allows for more
interaction, new friendships made and greater competition amongst participants.
Farewell Party 5th of July
This event will be for whoever survives the scavenger hunt or finds the way back home.
Everyone who attends the Clambake is welcomed back to PPC headquarters for
farewell drinks and a brunch (if you still can drink), and we will all say are good-byes
until next year.
GENERAL INFORMATION AND DETAILS
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list. If you are not and would like to be, send us an e-mail at:
Send your completed form and payment ASAP. The deadline for all checks is Friday,
June 25. Capacity is limited for all events, so send your money in early to
guarantee your spot!
(If there is any excess money it will be donated to the YWCA of Chicago.)
Costs are as follows:
Friday Yacht cruise with open premium bar: $45
Capacity: 120 people
Departure time: TBD. Will be 8:30 p.m. out of Burnham harbor and comin' back in
at 11:30 p.m.
PLAN TO BE THERE BY 8:00 so we can check everyone in!
Boat name: The Free Spirit
Includes open premium bar for 3 hours
Sox game : $22
Includes 1 ticket to game
Fireworks, v-ball, no charge.
Hangge Uppe: Free Cover and discount drinks
Sunday Clambake Grill Out & Scavenger Hunt: $40
Capacity: 130 people - This will fill up quickly this year, so send $$ in early!!
Unlimited food: ribs, hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, etc.
Unlimited beverages: beer, soda, punch
Custom designed T-shirt with this year’s theme
Planned, refereed scavenger hunt at the bars
Drink specials at bars on scavenger hunt
Trophy to winning team
Guest appearances by celebrity impersonators (Elvis has been known to make an appearance!)
MONDAY RECOVERY BRUNCH
FREE TO ALL WHO PAID FOR THE CLAMBAKE. Includes:
Provided by the Days Inn of Chicago, 1816 N. Clark Street,
across from Lincoln Park. Ten rooms are being held under "Fourth of July Party".
Please call early to confirm your reservation. The number is (312)664-3040. The room
rate is $109 + tax, which comes out to $125.24. The Days Inn is within 5 minutes
of almost all our events, so it's in a great location.
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