The Evanston Fourth of July Association’s Independence Day celebration will offer a parade, fireworks and other activities around town today. Here’s a look at the schedule.

Playground Activities

Events will begin at 9 a.m. with roller skating and refreshments at the Fleetwood-Jourdain Community Center, located at 1655 Foster St., and family playground activities at seven Evanston locations: Lincolnwood School, 2600 Colfax St.; Willard School, 2700 Hurd Ave.; Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.; Kamen East Park, South Boulevard and Barton Avenue; Baker Park, Forest Avenue and Keeney Street; ETHS Track Area, 1600 Dodge Ave.; and Raymond Park, Chicago Avenue and Lake Street. Playground activities include Frisbee, jump rope competitions, sack races, pie eating contests, soccer ball kick for distance competitions, and more. Visit for more information.

Fun Run
Children age 12 years and younger are invited to take part in the half-mile Evanston Subaru 4th of July Kids Fun Run, presented by NorthShore University HealthSystem. 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, located at Central Street and McDaniel Avenue. The $10 registration fee includes a t-shirt and packet to the first 200 registered, plus finish line refreshments. All proceeds benefit the Evanston Fourth of July Association.

Tennis Tournament
The finals of the citywide tennis tournament managed by the Evanston Community 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. The 2017 parade theme is “Evanston’s Heroes Are America’s Heroes: Our First Responders.” 

Concert & Fireworks
The Palatine Concert Band will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Dawes Park, at Sheridan Road and Church Street. Lakefront fireworks set to music will begin at approximately 9:30 p.m.; tune in to FM 90.5. Fireworks are visible from most lakefront parks.

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

You can share photos of the festivities throughout the day on social media using the hash tag #ETown4th.

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  1. Fireworks

    The fireworks were a mess! Every single notice said they’d be visible from the beaches–and they generally are, since they appear over the water. There were hundreds of people at Oakton/South Blvd. beach and more at Lee St. You couldn’t see a thing. It looked, through the trees, like fireworks were being shot off over downtown. What on earth was going on?

    1. Great show as usual. Same

      Great show as usual. Same goes for the superb orchestra. Detonation point was same as it always is.   If you really want to experience the show, go where they blow ’em off.

    2. The Wind

      The fireworks were not a mess. They were 23-minutes of fantastic viewing.

      My (educated) guess is that the wind played a large part in your difficulty in viewing the fireworks.

      As mentioned before my comment, the fireworks were set off in the same place this year as in previous years. The wind, and tree growth, means that the farther away you are from where they are set off, the harder they are to see.

      Come and join the party next year – much closer to Dawes Park!

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