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Based on concern for public health due to the unpredictability of the pandemic’s impact, vaccination rates, and in cooperation with local authorities, the Trustees of the Evanston Fourth of July Association voted to cancel the Fun Run, Parade, Palatine Concert Band performance and Lakefront Fireworks show planned for July 4, 2021.
In a statement released on March 17, the trustees said they remain committed to and are already working toward an Independence Day celebration that will be safe, creative and build community. Monthly podcasts began in late 2019 titled “Celebrating a Century –The 4th of July in Evanston,” which will continue and can be heard on personal devices.
If guidelines allow, the Association plans to conduct the traditional morning games and activities in the parks and schools.
The 2020 Virtual 4th of July celebration with a parade, concert and fireworks is ready to be replayed.
The Celebration Team is considering mini concerts, roving entertainment, neighborhood art and decoration projects to provide the community with a day to remember.
The Association seeks to build bridges and cooperative opportunities with the community. All residents are encouraged to express their celebration preferences by responding to a questionnaire at https://evanston4th.org/ – and asked to encourage family and friends to complete it.