As the Barrington community revs up for its traditional 4th of July Parade, its planning committee promises this will be one for the history books as they celebrate Barrington’s Sesquicentennial in a show-stopping way.
Barrington’s Sesquicentennial celebration commemorating the community’s 150 years is well underway, but one of its defining moments will likely come on Main Street at this year’s 4th of July Parade.
“I like to think that the parade will be a pageant of Barrington’s last 15 decades,” says parade chair Diane Wamberg. “Our parade already is one of the best in the Northwest suburbs. We’re going to top even ourselves this year.”
The theme of this year’s 4th of July Parade is “Barrington Through The Decades.” The planning committee promises it will be a patriotic, informative, and entertaining look at the history of the Barrington community.
“I think attendees will be surprised to see how our community has evolved,” says Wamberg, a mother of seven, whose children will travel in from all around the country for this historic parade. “In fact, working on this special event has been a true civics lesson—it’s been interesting to see how the village works.”
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 4 from Barrington High School and will run along Main Street ending at the train station. In keeping with the parade theme this year, all entrants must choose a particular decade to represent (1880’s, 1950’s, etc.). The Barrington communities are rich with history so it’s expected that many notable events will be seen at the parade.
“We have a creative team ready to assist you with ideas if you need some help,” adds Wamberg. Awards will be presented to the entries that best depict the parade theme and personify Barrington’s history. Applications to participate in the parade are being accepted until June 19. Forms can be downloaded from the parade’s website. Completed forms may be dropped off or mailed in to Village Hall.
In addition to the parade, the committee will host a food drive on the day of the parade itself. For the fourth year in a row, the food drive will be sponsored by Heinen’s Fine Foods in Barrington, and all donations will be given to the Barrington and Cuba Township food pantries to benefit local neighbors in need.
On July 4, immediately following the parade until 3:00 p.m., the Sesquicentennial Committee invites you to attend an Open House and History Road Show at Barrington’s celebrated historical landmark, “Barrington’s White House,” at 145 W. Main Street. As a gift to the future of our community, the stately former Robertson family home is being repurposed and renovated into an elegant and highly functional community and cultural center. Barrington’s White House will not only provide the opportunity for the community to give itself a very special 150th birthday present, but the finished product will embody all that has been held dear in the community for the last century and a half. Barrington’s White House Open House and History Road Show offer an opportunity for local residents to view the home as well as bring historic photographs, old letters, meeting minutes, directories, or other small memorabilia that reference Barrington’s history. The memorabilia will be scanned and returned to its owners that day.
To learn more about how you can participate in this year’s 4th of July celebrations, visit barringtonparade.com.