There are numerous parades, races, and other festivities up and down the North Shore on July 3rd and 4th. Here’s a primer:
Lake Bluff Parade
The 105th Lake Bluff Fourth of July Parade will officially start at 10 a.m. on July 4, 2015 … But the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast, the Children’s Parade and many other events begin as early as 7 a.m. — please click here for the full schedule.
Last year’s parade was attended by approximately 25,000 visitors and the parade committee expects this year’s parade to be just as popular. More than 100 floats will march in this year’s parade, including the Oscar Mayer Weinermobile, returning for the second year in a row. A note on parade etiquette: Please refrain from putting out blankets and chairs until parade day and please only take the space you need. Roping off areas is discouraged. Bag and take your trash with you or place trash in public receptacles.
Lake Forest Fireworks
Festival & Fireworks: : 5-10 p.m.
Wynonna & the Big Noise will be playing. Tickets at $15 for Lake Forest and Lake Bluff Residents. Events will take place at the Deerpath Community Park, 400 Hastings Road, Lake Forest. Visit http://friendsoflakeforestparksandrec.weebly.com for a complete round up of start times.
10:30 a.m.: Bike Parade for children ages preschool to 9 years. Bring your decorated bike to the Prairie Street cul-de-sac just north of the Glenview Public Library by 10:30 am. Free, no pre-registration required. Bike helmets are recommended.
11:15 a.m.: Parade, Harlem Avenue to Central Road. Parade Entertainers: Grand Marshall will lead 75 community groups, entertainers, floats and marching bands throughout town. Parade Route: The parade will begin on Harlem Avene just north of Glenview Road, traveling south on Harlem before turning right (west) onto Central Road and ending at Johns Park.
7:00 PM: Twilight Show Concert & Fireworks at Gallery Park, Patriot Boulevard and Navy Boulevard
The traditional location at Glenview Park Golf Club is unavailable this year due to a major renovation of the course. The 140-acre Gallery Park (located behind Park Center) was selected for the 2015 show due to its location, size, access and parking.
As always, the program will begin with a patriotic concert by the 100-piece Northshore Concert Band. Following the concert, a sparkling display of fireworks will light up the summer sky to a recorded musical score. Make your plans now to be part of Glenview’s 50th annual Independence Day Celebration.
For a complete roundup of events in Glenview, visit http://www.glenviewparks.org/event/glenview-4th-july-celebration/
July 4th schedule of events:
8 a.m.: Rotary Fun Run at the Train Station
10 a.m.: Preschool Games at Kalk Park
10 a.m.: Art Fair at Wyman Green
12 p.m.: Glencoe’s Got Talent at Kalk Park
2 p.m.: Village Parade
6 p.m.: Music by Shout Out at Lakefront Park
9 p.m.: Fireworks at Lakefront Park
10 a.m.: The parade steps off from the intersection of Elm Street and Glendale Avenue and heads east through town all the way to the Village Green.
11:00 a.m.: Traditional flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races. Compete for the coveted family trophy and let the bragging rights begin.
6 p.m.: Fourthfest at Duke Childs Field, including games, entertainment, food, music & fireworks
Food Vendors: Dominos & Chuck Wagon
Children’s Activities: 6 – 8 p.m.
Band – Blooze Brothers: 7 -9 p.m.
Jessie White Tumblers: 8 p.m.
Fireworks: 9:20 p.m.
Visit Winnetka Park District for more information
9:30 a.m.: Children’s Bike & Pet Parade, proudly brought to the community by the Highland Park Chamber of Commerce
10 a.m.: Main Parade – proudly brought to the community by the City of Highland Park & Park District of Highland Park; those interested in participating should meet at 9:15 a.m. in the lower level of the parking structure at the northwest corner of St. Johns and Laurel Avenues.
The main parade follows and features floats, marching bands, dignitaries, novelty groups, community entries, and other special entertainment. The parade begins at Laurel and St. Johns Avenues and heads north on St. Johns Avenue, then turns west on Central Avenue and continues to Sunset Park for the big Fourth Fest Celebration Event
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: Highland Park Fourth Fest – Sunset Woods Park, 1801 Sunset Road, proudly brought to the community by the Park District of Highland Park. Enjoy carnival rides & amusements, pony rides, a petting zoo, and yummy food from Highland Park restaurants. Back by popular demand, music by Mike & Joe.
For more information call 847-831-3810.
6 – 11 p.m., Concert & Fireworks at Wolters Field, 1080 Park Avenue, proudly brought to the community by Bitter Jester Creative & The City of Highland Park
Now in its 9th year, the Battle of the Bands grand finale will lead up to the Highland Park fireworks show. Residents are reminded that regulations prohibit alcohol at this location. Event goers are encouraged to consider parking at Wolters Field, Highland Park Hospital East Parking Lot, Highland Park Country Club lot, or the Staples lot. Residents are asked to refrain from parking along Route 41 and Park Avenue West.
For more information, or to obtain any weather-related announcements or updates, please call the City Hotline at (847) 926-1033.
8:15 – 10:45 pm, Float and Fireworks – Hidden Creek Aqua Park, 1220 Fredrickson Place – $5*, proudly brought to the community by the Park District of Highland Park. What a great place to watch the fireworks! Relax in the pool while enjoying the spectacular Highland Park fireworks show.
Visit Highland Park’s website for more
Fun Run, Walk For Fun and Youth Run, will be held on Friday, July 3, in Gillson Park–the same day as the family fun and fireworks event. Day of the race registration opens at 7 a.m.
The 4-mile run and 2-mile walk begin at 8 a.m. as participants in the Fun Run and Walk for Fun start wending their way through Gillson Park and the streets of Wilmette. There are eight categories in the Fun Run contest–from age 10-13 through age 70 plus! Awards are presented in all Fun Run categories. The Walk for Fun is for recreation only—no awards are presented.
The Youth Run has four age groups—6-7, 8-9, 10-11 and 12-13—to accommodate the large number of entrants. Tot Run participants are age 5 and under. Kids’ Races begin at 9:15 a.m. and run at 10 minute intervals. See schedule below. All children’s races take place inside the park. Awards are given in each of the childrens’ categories.
Early adult registrations are $25, the day of the event the adult fee is $30. Registration for children is $10. Note: Tots (5 & under) run for free and registration is not required.
Celebrations & Fireworks, Friday, July 3
Where: Gillson Park, Sheridan Road and Michigan Avenue, Wilmette
For more information all 847-256-0333 or visit www.wilmettepark.org
Admission: Fireworks are free; some events or activities may include a fee.
Liberty Loop 5K and the Liberty Lap Fun Run
Race Day Registration: 6:15-7 a.m.; Starting time: 7:30 a.m. on July 4
Location: Techny Prairie Park and Fields.
Click here for a schedule of events including the Northbrook 4th of July Parade