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 The Evanston 4th of July Association and the City of Evanston will be holding a community meeting to gather public input on Independence Day activity ideas at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 29. The meeting will be held at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St.

The goal of the meeting is to get community input on potential new activity sites; generate some additional site partners for the association; create possible transportation improvements to and from the parade; and to get general thoughts on Independence Day activities. In commemoration of Evanston’s 150th anniversary, the goal of the association is to have Independence Day events in every Evanston ward.  There are already successful events planned in several wards and there are plenty of communitywide resources, experience and support available to help create more ideas for activities in other areas of the community.

In 1921, after a child was injured while setting off fireworks, the North End Mother’s Club formed the North Evanston 4th of July Association to provide a full day of safe, supervised and constructive activities for children each year. In 1980, the association changed its name to the “Evanston Fourth of July Association,” expanding its scope to include all of Evanston. 

Unlike most Independence Day celebrations in other communities, the festivities in Evanston are produced entirely by the all-volunteer, privately donor-funded Evanston 4th of July Association. No tax dollars are normally used for the actual production of sporting activities, the parade, the twilight band concert or the fireworks presentation.

However, with 2013 being the City of Evanston’s sesquicentennial, the Evanston City Council voted to allocate $10,000 for extra performers for the parade, thereby allowing the Association to dedicate more private funds to other areas of the celebration. 

Learn more about the Evanston 4th of July Association by visiting their website at www.evanston4th.org.