The Independence Day holiday next Tuesday, July 4, will have a significant impact on Evanston city services. Here’s a rundown provided by city officials.

Refuse Collection

No refuse collection will occur on Tuesday, July 4. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday trash, yard waste and recycling collections will occur one day later than normal. Friday condo recycling collections will occur on Friday, July 7. Collections on Monday, July 3, will occur as normal.


The Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4, for community roller skating. All other City community centers, recreation facilities, Evanston Public Library locations, and the Morton Civic Center will be closed.

Clark Street Beach, Dog Beach and Church Street Boat Ramp

Free beach days for Evanston residents will be held at Clark Street Beach on Mondays, beginning July 3 through August 28. However, in order to prepare for Tuesday evening’s lakefront fireworks display, Clark Street Beach will have a delayed 1 p.m. opening on Monday, July 3, and will be closed all day and evening on July 4. The Evanston Dog Beach will also be closed on July 4.

Boaters will not be able to access the Church Street Boat Launch Ramp after 6 p.m.on July 4 until after the conclusion of the evening fireworks. Boater parking is not allowed in the Church Street Boat Ramp area after 2 p.m. on July 4.

311 Center
Evanston’s 311 Center will be open for extended hours, 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., on Tuesday, July 4.

No street cleaning will occur on July 4; street cleaning parking restrictions will not be in effect. Signs will be posted where temporary 4th of July parade and fireworks “No Parking” restrictions are in effect.

Parking meters and downtown parking garages will be free on July 4. In addition, other restricted areas that have signs that prohibit parking except on holidays will be honored.

Parade, Fireworks and Activities
Visit for a complete listing of Independence Day festivities.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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