A fireworks montage (Photos by Jan Smith.)

Evanston’s Independence Day celebration wrapped up on the lakefront Friday evening with music from the Palatine Concert Band and the traditional fireworks display.

The Palatine Concert Band performed at the Dawes Park Lagoon. (Jim Mizell photo.)

It was a cool evening with a light breeze off the lake, but a big crowd turned out, including some spectators from Chicago who said Evanston’s fireworks were more impressive than what they’d seen at the Taste of Chicago.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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