Chicago is set to bring its fireworks display back on New Year’s Eve, and it’s expected to be “Chicago’s largest fireworks display — ever,” the city’s mayor, Lori Lightfoot, announced in a statement. The upcoming New Year’s Eve event will be the first since the COVID-19 pandemic began. Lightfoot wrote in a tweet on Monday (December 27):
“The show can be viewed outdoors where the spread of COVID-19 is less likely. Mask up, socially distance or watch from home via @WGNTV. Here's to a happy new year.”
Lightfoot added in a statement: “Importantly, the display can be viewed outdoors where the spread of COVID-19 is less likely, so our residents and visitors should feel comfortable while masking up and social distancing or even watching safely from home. I look forward to welcoming a happy new year.”
The free fireworks display is set to span 1.5 miles along the lakefront and Chicago River. Lightfoot announced that it’s happening with the city, Choose Chicago, Arena Partners and Navy Pier. Arena Partners CEO John Murray said in a statement: “This will be the largest fireworks display in the City’s history and one of the largest anywhere in the world.” Find more info about the upcoming celebration here.