Because our nation's birthday falls on a Wednesday this year, it seriously hampers the usual long-weekend getaway opportunity. But, don't cue the "womp womp" just yet — we've got you covered with an awesome holiday celebration that's (basically) right down the street. Have yourself a little staycation, and get down to Oak Street Beach & Food for their sun-and-sand-filled Fourth of July bash. The fiesta boasts all-American delicacies such as baked beans, potato salad, and watermelon, with a healthy variety of BBQ options. Plus, for $35 you can load up a plate full of goodies, and sip on two complimentary cocktails. If the weather cooperates you can break up your routine of stuffing your face (hey, it's all for America, right?) with dips in Lake Michigan or some oh-so-relaxing sunbathing. Suddenly, we're feeling a lot more patriotic. When: Wednesday, July 4, from 2 to 6 p.m.
Where: 1001 North Lake Shore Drive (at East Oak Street); 312-988-4650.
Photo: Courtesy of Oak Street Beach