Celebrate 100 years of the Evanston 4th of July Association

The Evanston 4th of July Association, in cooperation with the Town of Evanston, will be sponsoring a parade along Central Street and fireworks along the lake, in addition to other traditional activities on Monday July 4 in as part of their annual 4th of July celebrations.

This year’s theme is “Celebrating 100 Years – Evanston’s 4th of July Association”. The Evanston Fourth of July Association is a non-profit organization that was started 100 years ago after a child was injured while playing with fireworks. After this accident, the parents came together in 1922 to offer a safe and supervised July 4th party.

Evanston’s award-winning 4th of July parade begins at 2 p.m. on Central Street at Central Park Avenue and heads east to Ashland Avenue.

Spaces are still available for community organizations, businesses, groups and more. Registration for the parade is open until June 15.

Concert & Fireworks
The Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Arrington Lakefront Lagoon in Dawes Park, located at Sheridan Road and Church Street. Fireworks by the lake, set to music, will begin around 9:30 p.m.; tune to FM 90.5. Fireworks are visible from most lakeside parks.

Fun race
Children ages 10 and under are invited to participate in the Evanston 4th of July Half-Mile Kid’s Run. Participants can Register online or race day from noon to 12:30 p.m. The race begins at 12:45 p.m. at Ackerman Park, located at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue. The $15 entry fee includes a t-shirt, bib and ribbon for the first 125 registrants, as well as refreshments at the finish line. All proceeds benefit the Evanston 4th of July Association.

morning games
Family Playground activities will begin at 9 a.m. at seven Evanston locations:

  • Baker Park, Forest Avenue and Keeney Street
  • ETHS West Field, Church Street and Dodge Avenue
  • Fleetwood-Jourdain Center, Foster Street and Darrow Avenue
  • Kamen Park East, South Boulevard and Barton Avenue
  • Lincolnwood School, McDaniel Avenue and Grant Street
  • Robert Crown Center, Main Street and Dodge Avenue
  • Willard School, Central Park Avenue and Park Place

Playground activities include Frisbee, jump rope competitions, sack races, pie contests, watermelon contests, and more. Visit evanston4th.org for more information.

Youth art project
All school-aged youth (K-12) are encouraged to submit original hand-drawn or handmade artwork, sculpture, woodwork, or even musical compositions on the 4th of July theme that will be placed on the 4th of July Association website. Photos of works can be emailed to
[email protected] through July 5.

public art project
The Evanston 4th of July Association sponsored a public art project to coincide with their 100th anniversary celebration. Art installations will be provided by the following artists: Stitch of Freedom-Kendra Balans; Stronger Together, Brighter Together-Jamie Adams; American Dreams-Samantha McDonald; Bloom-Jylen Grayson; Indivisible-Brian Petrone; Coming to the table-Nancy Guo and Grace Park; Celebrate (Circle of Friends) -Pamela Seatter.

Free parking will be available in public parking lots in downtown Evanston. Visit cityofevanston.org/residents/parking/lots-and-garages for locations and more information.

The Evanston Police Department will provide updates regarding traffic, parking and more on Twitter. Follow @EvanstonPD.

Submitted by the City of Evanston

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