Thousands of Evanstonians are expected to march in the annual Fourth of July parade next Wednesday as thousands more spectators watch from the sidewalks of Central Street.

The parade starts at 2 p.m. and runs from Central Park to Ashland avenues.

There’ll be playground sports events earlier in the day along with the finals of the citywide tennis tournament.

That evening, the Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Dawes Park, Sheridan Road at Church Street, followed by fireworks about 9:15 p.m. choreographed to music broadcast on WRTE 90.5 FM. The fireworks are visible from most lakefront parks and beaches.

Activities are provided by the Evanston 4th of July Association, a voluneer, non-profit organization. To contribute or volunteer, or for more information, call 847/637-5236.

Top: A classic car was part of the Roycemore School contingent at last year’s parade.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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