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North Shore 4th of July Celebrations – 2014

Winnetka 4th of July Parade

Every year we post a comprehensive guide to 4th of July fun on the North Shore. There’s no shortage of ways to celebrate and everyone has their favorites, but the one thing you won’t want to miss is the Coldwell Banker Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team marching in the Winnetka parade (see video below). You will be amazed by our talent as we march in formation and perform skillful maneuvers with our lawn chairs. We’ve added some slick new moves this year, too. Be sure and give me a shout out if you come!
Other things to note:

  • Wilmette’s festivities and fireworks are on July 3rd, as usual.
  • Glenview’s parade route is slightly different this year, due to construction on Glenview Rd. (see below).
  • Lake Forest’s event has an admission fee because there is a concert, but if you are only going to the fireworks, it’s free.

Evanston

July 4

2:00 pm – Parade from Central Park Avenue east on on Central Street to Ryan Field on Ashland Avenue.
7:30 pm – Twilight concert by the Palatine Concert Band.
9:15 pm – Lakefront fireworks viewing from Centennial Park (north) & Dawes Park (south)
Visit www.evanston4th.org for more info or see the complete program here.

Wilmette

July 3

4:00 pm – Festivities begin in Gillson Park: Tastefest, musical entertainment, roving performers, rides, games and races.
7:15 pm – Sneak preview of Starlight’s Theatre’s “Annie Get Your Gun” at the Wallace Bowl
7:30 pm – Concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band at the Wallace Bowl
9:30 pm – Fireworks in Gillson Park.

The easiest way to get to and from the Independence Day celebrations in Gillson Park is by using the special Pace shuttle bus service. Motorists may park at Edens Plaza or at the METRA commuter lot. To see a complete listing of events or for additional transportation information see the Wilmette Park District’s website.

Winnetka

July 4

10:00 am – Parade begins at Elm and Glendale and heads east through town to the Village Green. (Watch for Coldwell Banker’s Precision Lawn Chair Drill Team!)
11:00 am – Flag raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races on the Green
6:00 pm – FourthFest begins at Duke Childs Field, with mini-golf, moon walk, face painting, balloonists and a concert by Liquid Soul
8:00 pm – Jesse White Tumblers
9:15 pm – Fireworks at Duke Childs Field accompanied by music.
Go here for more info.

Glenview

July 4

11:15 am – Bike parade from Harlem Ave. to Central Rd. (kids pre-school thru age 9)
11:20 am – Main parade begins at Harlem Ave. and Glenview Rd., goes Rd., south on Harlem, west on Central to Johns Park.
7:30 pm – Twilight concert at Glenview Park Golf Club, 800 Shermer Rd.
Dusk – Fireworks synchronized to patriotic music
Go here for more info.

Northfield

July 4

9:45 am – Parade groups form: north group at Old Willow and Somerset Lane. South group at Ameritech parking lot on Winnetka Ave.. Groups converge at rec center parking lot.
10:00 am – Bike parade at Willow Park (499 Wagner Rd.)
10:30 am – Bike judging, games and attractions. Concession stands open.
10:30-1:00 – DJ, rides, face painting and more
11:00 am – Running races for all ages.

Glencoe

July 4

8:00 am – 2 mile Rotary Fun Run starts at the train station.
10:00 am – Art fair on the Village Green and family games at Kalk Park.
12:00 pm – Glencoe’s Got Talent at Kalk Park.
2:00 pm – Parade steps off from Central School
4:30 – Old fashioned games at Lakefront Park
5:30 – Park and Ride to lakefront Park starts (Village and Train parking lots)
6:00 pm – Musical entertainment by Shout Out
9:00 pm – Fireworks at Lakefront Park
Go here for more info

Highland Park

July 4

10:00 am – Parade in downtown Highland Park (Laurel and St. Johns Ave.)
11:00 am to 2:00 pm Fourth Fest in Sunset Park featuring food, pony rides, carnival games, petting zoo and music by Mike & Joe.
6:00 pm – Concert: Bitter Jester Battle of the Bands
Dusk – Fireworks at Wolter’s Field.
Go here for more info.

Lake Forest

July 4

6:00 pm – Gates open at Deerpath Community Park. Entrance fee: $10 residents/$15 non-residents (children under 5 are free). Parking: $20
6:00 pm – Concert by “10,000 Maniacs”
8:00 pm – Concert by Big Head Todd and the Monsters
9:40 pm – Fireworks
For more information, go here.

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Independence Day on the North Shore

North Shore fireworksThis year the weather promises to be absolutely perfect for 4th of July celebrations – sunny, clear and warm (not hot) from now through Sunday. There are lots of fun things going on all up and down the North Shore, and if you’ve got the energy, you can spread your celebration out over three days. As always, Wilmette holds its celebration on July 3rd, while Glenview waits til the 5th. (Thunderstorms are currently in the forecast for Monday, so if you live in Glenview you may want to join the festivities in another town on the 4th, just to be on the safe side.). Also, note that, in Winnetka, the parade begins at 1:00 pm and not 10:00 am, as in previous years.

Evanston

July 4
7:30 pm – Twilight Concert featuring the Palatine Concert Band
9:00 pm – The musical fireworks extravaganza will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston.

Wilmette

July 3
4:00 pm -  Games and rides for children, entertainment, roving performers, and a Tastefest at Gillson Park.
7:30 pm – A traditional concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band in the Wallace Bowl. It will be preceded by a sneak preview of this summer’s Starlight Theatre musical feature.
9:30 p.m – Fireworks begin. In case of rain, the fireworks will be rescheduled to a later date.

The easiest way to get to and from the Independence Day celebrations in Gillson Park is by using the special Pace shuttle bus service. Motorists may park at Edens Plaza or at the METRA commuter lot. To see a complete listing of events or for additional transportation information see the Wilmette Park District’s website.

Winnetka

July 4
1:00 pm – The celebration begins with Winnetka’s annual parade. (Note the change in time from past years). The parade sets off from the corner of Elm and Glendale Streets, and heads east to the Village Green.
2:00 pm – -A flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade, and family races follow the parade on the Green.
6:30 pm -  “Fourth Fest,” featuring food, children’s entertainment, and a pre-fireworks concert at Duke Child’s Field
9:15 pm – Fireworks begin

Northfield

July 4
9:45 am -  Bike parade kicks off from two locations — Somerset and Old Willow or the Ameritech Lot. Both routes end at Willow Park.
10:30 am -  Bike judging, music and amusement rides begin. Family activities include relays, wheelbarrow races, a hula-hoop contest and an egg toss. For more information, go to northfieldparkdistrict.org or call 847-446-4428.

Glencoe

July 4
8:00 am – Fun Run starts at the train station, 724 Green Bay Road
10:00 am – Games in Kalk Park, Park Aveune and Green Bay Road
2:00 pm – Parade
6:30 pm -  Barbecue on the beach with children’s entertainment and music
9:00 pm – Fireworks on the beach
847-835-3050

Glenview

July 5

11:00 am -  Bike Parade starting at the corner of Glenview rd. and Church St.
11:30 am -  Main parade starting from OLPH parking lot and ending at Johns Park.
7:30 pm – Twilight Show with patriotic concert by the North Shore Concert Band. The show’s finale will be fireworks synchronized to patriotic music.
847-724-5670

Highland Park

July 4
11:00 am – Parade in downtown Highland Park
12:00 pm – Fourth Fest at Sunset Woods Park
9:15 pm – Fireworks at Wolters Field on Park Avenue West
847-432-0800

Lake Forest

July 4
6:00 pm – Beer garden with kids activities and live music by Sixteen Candles at Deerpath Community Park
8:00 pm – KC and the Sunshine Band
9:30 pm -  Fireworks sponsored by the Lake Forest Symphony

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