- Don’t get there early
Yes, this is counterintuitive. You want a good spot, so you stake out your land early. Let’s say you do that. Inevitably the place becomes packed. People start infringing on your "space" either by sitting too close or even walking over your blanket. Getting there early only stresses things out. If you have just a couple people just get there right before and find yourself a tiny little spot. How do you find that tiny little spot when it seems everything is covered?…
- The two best places to sit are:
Finding a spot right on the lakeshore is tough, because it’s such a small area and so densely packed unless if you go to the hill by the Shedd Aquarium.
B) Butler Field:
Butler Field is nice because they have nice loud speakers playing classic American symphonies. The trick to Butler field is to not stay on the fringes of the walkways. About 15 minutes before the fireworks, gingerly walk to the center of the field and you’ll find some little spots to plop down on. Make sure you ask the adjacent people if it’s okay to sit there. Don’t want to be rude.
If you have to fart, make sure to do it when there’s a lot of noisy fireworks. And if someone does hear you fart, you can just you got so excited, that you made your own fireworks!
- Who to sit by
Depending on what mood you are in, you might not want a rowdy group near you. Then again maybe you do. But one thing, be careful about the old people. This year I sat next to this old guy thinking he will be nice and peaceful. Well he was, but he whistled to all the music. It was kinda cute at first, but I kept telling myself that it was cute.
- Walk around
Before you sit down, take the freedom to walk around and be amazed by the sheer number of people. Of course this only works if it’s just you and someone else. Any more than three people, and you get too stressed out about getting separated.
- Beforehand watch movies and documentaries
Even before you go to the fireworks, make sure you watch some good American war movies like Saving Private Ryan. It will make you appreciate the fireworks even more.