Here it is…A complete list of holiday parades, firework displays and festivals happening throughout the North Shore. A special shout out to Winnetka 4th of July Parade which features Coldwell Banker’s very own precision lawn chair drill team! Wishing everyone a happy and safe celebration!
DEERFIELD Family Days – July 3 & 4
A two-day celebration featuring live music, food and fireworks on July 3 at Brickyards Park (Kates Rd & N. Pfingsten or 375 Elm Street) Gates open at 5 pm at Brickyards. Families will enjoy music, entertainment and food and an awesome firework display at dusk (approx. 9: 25 pm). On the 4th, enjoy carnival rides, pancake breakfast, parade, 5k, dog show, flower show and more at Jewett Park (836 Jewett Park Drive). For more info, click here.
EVANSTON 4th of July – July 4
Evanston’s all-day celebration begins at 9 a.m. at eight playground sites throughout the city providing games and activities for all ages, followed by a Kids Fun Run at Ackerman Park at 12:45 p.m. The parade down Central St. kicks off at 2 p.m. At 7:30 p.m. there is concert at the lakefront (Dawes Park Lagoon) featuring the Palatine Concert Band, and then the grand fireworks display at dusk (9:30 pm). The fireworks extravaganza will be launched from Clark Street Beach and can be viewed from any part of the lakefront area east of Downtown Evanston. Simply find a place to watch, tune your radio to 90.5 FM, and sit back to enjoy the show. For more info, click here.
GLENCOE July 4th Celebration – July 4
Throughout the day, the Park District will host patriotic games, music performances, and activities for all ages at various locations.! Festivities begin with a 2-mile fun run at 8 am and include a mini-golf tournament, Glencoe’s Got Talent competition, a parade, live music, food and more. Fireworks start around 9 pm at Lakefront Park (647 Longwood Ave.) For a complete schedule of events, click here.
PLEASE NOTE: Glencoe Beach will be closed on July 4 to safely prepare for the fireworks show.
GLENVIEW 4th of July Celebration – July 4
Glenview’s 4th of July Celebration includes a children’s bike parade and community parade (New route due to construction. The parade will start at Glenview Road and Elm Street and head west to end at Glendale Road. Later in the day, join up with family and friends at the Twilight Concert and Fireworks. The concert begins at 7 p.m. with patriotic music by the 100-piece North Shore Concert Band, followed by the fireworks display to a recorded musical score. Food vendors will be on site. The fireworks will be shot off from the middle of Lake Glenview. Public areas to view are located to the west, south and north of the lake. Speakers will be placed throughout the park. For more info, click here.
HIGHLAND PARK Fourth of July Celebration – July 4
A day long celebration including a parade, festival and fireworks. The celebration kicks off at 9:30 am with the Children’s Bike & Pet Parade. At 10 a.m. the Main Parade immediately follows featuring floats, marching bands, dignitaries, novelty groups, community entries, and other special entertainment. The parade begins at Laurel and St. Johns Avenues. The parade ends at Sunset Woods Park (1801 Sunset Rd) where Fourth Fest takes place. From 11 am – 2 pm, enjoy carnival rides & amusements, pony rides, a petting zoo, food and more. The grand finale of the Bitter Jester Music Festival will take place at Wolters Field at 4 pm. Food vendors are on site during the concert leading up to the fireworks display at 9:30 pm. The fireworks are best viewed from Wolters Field. Parking is available at Wolters Field, Highland Park Hospital’s East Parking Lot, or in the Highland Park Country Club parking lot. You can also sit back and float and view the fireworks from Hidden Creek Aqua Park (1220 Fredrickson Pl). Park will be open from 8:15 - 10:45 to enjoy the show. $5 or free with membership. For more info, click here.
LAKE BLUFF Fourth of July Parade – July 4
One of the best parades in Chicagoland is the Lake Bluff Fourth of July Parade, which draws about 20,000 people to the village every year. Day long festivities include a pancake breakfast, children’s parade at 9:50 am; town parade at 10 am. After the parade, from 11:30 a.m. – 2 pm is the Kiwanis Hamburger & Hot Dog Cookout at the Village Green. From 6 – 8 pm enjoy live music on N. Sunrise Beach. For more info, click here.
LAKE FOREST Festival and Fireworks – July 4
The fun starts at 6:00 pm, when the opening band “Journey Unauthorized” takes the stage at Deerpath Community Park (400 Hastings Rd). At 8:00 pm headliner, Lou Gramm, founding member of Foreigner™ and one of the greatest singers in rock music, will take you right back to the 80’s. At 9:40 pm, a grand fireworks display begins to fill the skies. A variety of food, desserts, beer, wine, soft drinks and water will be available for sale, or families can bring in their own. Tickets: $15 res (Lake Bluff & Lake Forest); $20 non-res. For more info, click here.
NORTHBROOK 4th of July – July 4
Enjoy a full day of family activities for Independence Day at various locations. This is the fourth year that the agencies are working together to coordinate the holiday festivities, and the focus remains on fun and safety. Activities include a Fun Run/Walk, pancake breakfast on the Village Green, mini-golf tournament, police vs. fire dept. softball game, the famous mile-long parade and concludes with fireworks at dusk best viewed at Meadowhill Park and Techny Prairie Park & Fields. For more info, including parade routes and schedule of events, click here.
WILMETTE Independence Day Celebration - July 3
The Wilmette Park District Independence Day Celebration take place on July 3 at Gilson Park Lakefront, located at Washington and Michigan Avenues. There will be a Tastefest (cash only), games, rides, roving entertainers, and a music festival. The celebration will begin at 4 p.m. and will run through the last festival concert at 10:45 p.m. At 7 p.m. the Wallace Bowl Concert will begin, while the fireworks display will take place at 9:30 p.m. Note: Parking is limited. Special shuttle buses will operate between Edens Plaza and Gillson Park. On July 4, a fun run/walk takes place. For more info and a complete schedule of events, click here.
WINNETKA 4th of July Parade and Fourfest – July 4
Winnetka’s celebration includes a festive parade, fireworks, and other fun activities for the whole family. The parade begins at 10 am and steps off from the intersection of Elm Street and Glendale Avenue. At 11 am, Events on the Village Green include the traditional flag-raising ceremony, children’s flag parade and family races. At 6 pm, Fourfest begins at Duke Childs Field (1321 Willow Rd.) and will include games, entertainment, food for purchase, music and of course fireworks at approximately 9:20 pm. For more info, click here.
For a complete list of firework displays throughout the state organized by date and county, click here.