Evanston’s 86th Annual Fourth of July parade kicks off at 2 p.m. July 4th on Central Street.

Cub Scout float

While you’re waiting for the parade to begin, we thought you might like to see some pictures from last year’s festivities. Check ’em out in the photo gallery.

Evanstonians’ habit of staking out parade viewing spaces far in advance, which the city has started regulating by ordinance, apparently is spreading to other towns.

In Arlington Heights this week complaints about parade spot poachers are leading to talk that “there oughta be a law” about it there too.

Ah, our grand celebration of liberty!

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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