Cruising down Central Street 2012.             Photo by Mary Mumbrue

To mark the 150th anniversary of the founding of Evanston, the City of Evanston is partnering with the Evanston 4th of July Association to bring residents an expanded array of activities for this year’s Independence Day celebration.

Nine locations around Evanston will be set up to entertain the young and young at heart. A half-mile Kids Fun Run for those aged 12 and under will be held at 12:45 p.m. on July 4 at Ackerman Park, Central Street at McDaniel Avenue.  A $10 registration fee includes a T-shirt to the first 300 kids registered plus finish line refreshments. Proceeds benefit the Fourth of July Association. Registration is online at

The award-winning parade will kick-off at 2 p.m. on Central Street at Central Park Avenue and travel east to Ryan Field at Ashland Ave. 

The Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Dawes Park, Church Street at Sheridan Road. Lakefront fireworks will be at 9:15 p.m. with a Musical Extravaganza (radios can be tuned to 90.5 FM). Fireworks are visible from most lakefront parks.

Playground games and activities will include frisbee, races, penny scramble, jump rope, pie-eating contests and more. Locations and times for the games are: Lincolnwood School, 2600 Colfax St., 9 a.m.–noon; Willard School, 2700 Hurd Ave., 9 a.m.–noon; Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St., 9 a.m.–noon; Kamen Park-east, South Blvd. and Asbury Ave., 9-11 a.m.; Baker Park, Forest Ave. and Keeney St. , 9-11 a.m.; Raymond Park, Chicago Ave. and Lake St., 9-11 a.m.; Elks Park, Callan Ave. and  Mulford St., 9-11 a.m.; ML King Lab School, 2424 Lake St., 9-11 a.m.; and Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, 1655 Foster St., 9-11 a.m. (roller skating only & refreshments).

City Holiday Schedule and Closures

The Lorraine H. Morton Civic Center will be closed July 4-7 for the Independence Day holiday. The Evanston 311 Call Center will be open July 4 from7 a.m. to 10 p.m and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 5.

All Evanston Public Library facilities, as well as the Levy Senior Center, will be closed July 4-5.

The Chandler-Newberger Center, Ecology Center and the Noyes Cultural Arts Centers will be closed July 4. Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and Robert Crown Center are sites for family activities the morning of July 4, but the offices will be closed.

The City’s summer food program will not be held on July 4. Also on July 4, there will be no solid waste, recycling or yard waste pick-ups; those will occur on Friday.