The museum, 1601 N. Clark St., gets the Fourth of July celebration started with the National Anthem at 10 a.m. Tuesday on its outdoor plaza. There will be juggling, face painting and a children's parade featuring what's said to be the world's tallest Uncle Sam ahead of speeches starting at 11.
Museum President Gary Johnson gives a welcoming introduction at 11, followed by Ald. Michele Smith (43rd) leading the Pledge of Allegiance before Foxx gives the keynote address. The Americana Concert Band finishes the event off with a rendition of John Phillip Sousa's "Stars and Stripes Forever."
The museum opens at noon with admission free for the day for Illinois residents, but closes at 4:30 p.m. with no late hours for the holiday.