Evanston’s 4th of July Association will host an all-day series of events to mark Independence Day this Saturday.

Playground activities

Events begin at 9 a.m. with roller skating and refreshments at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center and family playground activities at seven Evanston schools and parks including Frisbee tosses, races, jump rope competitions, and pie eating contests. Here’s the full schedule.

Fun run

Children age 12 years and younger are invited to take part in the half-mile Kids Fun Run. Participants can register online or on race day from noon to 12:30 p.m. The run begins at 12:45 p.m. at Ackerman Park, at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue. The $10 registration fee includes a t-shirt plus finish line refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Evanston 4th of July Association.

Tennis tournament

The finals of the citywide tennis tournament managed by the Evanston Tennis Association will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Ackerman Park.


The award-winning Evanston 4th of July Parade begins at 2 p.m. on Central Street at Central Park Avenue and travels east to Ryan Field. Under a city ordinance, lawn chairs may be placed along Central St. beginning at 6 a.m. on Wednesday, July 1. This year’s parade theme is “Tree City – Green City.”

Concert and fireworks

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

Lakefront fireworks set to music will begin about 9:15 p.m.; tune in to FM 90.5 to hear the music. The fireworks are visible from most lakefront parks.

Free parking will be available in downtown Evanston public parking lots.

The Evanston 4th of July Celebration is organized by the Evanston 4th of July Association, a private, volunteer group.

All aspects of the celebration are funded by voluntary contributions from businesses and individuals. For more information, visit

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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  1. Support the Evanston Fourth of July at

    Private donations make the Evanston Fourth of July celebration possible. The city provides the security and sanitation–but not the general operating funds.

    Before 1979 the fireworks were launched at Ryan Field (then Dyche Stadium, of course). Attendees paid to watch at the venue and turnstile revenue was approximately $30,000–in 1979 dollars! Now the fireworks are free and open to the public. But the Association needs to raise approximately $50,000 annually to fund the operations. Your support at any level will help!

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