Enjoy fun activities, a parade, fireworks and much more on Thursday, July 4 as part of the Evanston Fourth of July Association’s Independence Day celebration! More information about the activities below can be found on the City’s website. Share your photos from the day on social media using #ETown4th.


Playground Activities, 9 a.m.


Independence Day events begin at 9 a.m. on Thurs., July 4 with family playground activities at six Evanston locations: Lincolnwood School, Willard School, Kamen East Park, Baker Park, ETHS Track Area, and Raymond Park. Playground activities include Frisbee, jump rope competitions, sack races, pie eating contests, soccer ball kick for distance competitions, and more.

The Let’s Play Mobile Recreation Trailer will be at Foster Park Field, located at Simpson Street and Ashland Avenue, starting at 9 a.m., and will travel to Beck Park, located east of the canal from Lyons to Emerson Streets, at 11 a.m.


Kids Fun Run, 12:45 p.m.


Children age 12 years and younger are invited to take part in the half-mile Evanston 4th of July Kids Fun Run. Participants can register online in advance or on race day from noon to 12:30 p.m. The run begins at 12:45 p.m. at Ackerman Park. The $12 registration fee ($15 race day) includes a t-shirt and packet for the first 200 registered, plus finish line refreshments for all who participate. All proceeds benefit the Evanston Fourth of July Association.


Parade, 2 p.m.


The award-winning Evanston 4th of July Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Central Street at Central Park Avenue and travels east to Ashland Avenue. The 2019 parade theme is “A Salute to Community Volunteers.”


Concert, 7:30 p.m.


The Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Arrington Lakefront Lagoon at Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Road and Church Street. 


Fireworks, 9:30 p.m.


Lakefront fireworks set to music will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.; tune in to FM 90.5. Fireworks are visible from most lakefront parks.