The rules on placing your lawn chairs and blankets to watch Evanston’s popular July 4 parade have been posted by the city.

Years ago, lawn chairs would start appearing around dawn on July 4, even though the parade did not start until 2 p.m.

Then they gradually started appearing earlier and earlier until finally the city established some rules.

Here are the rules, as contained in a news release from the city on Thursday:

“Lawn chairs and blankets may be placed on the parkway along Central Street beginning at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 1. Chairs and blankets are not permitted on sidewalks or in the right-of-way. Please keep sidewalks safe for all users.”

That’s it. So now you can set your alarm for early Sunday morning so you can beat your neighbors to the ideal viewing spot, typically in the shade.

Sharp-eyed readers will note that there are no provisions for stringing up rope or twine to save space for placing your chairs later.

Charles Bartling

A resident of Evanston since 1975, Chuck Bartling holds a master’s degree in journalism from Northwestern University and has extensive experience as a reporter and editor for daily newspapers, radio...

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  1. Chaise lounge by Chase Bank

    Will placing a chaise lounge on the parkway by Chase Bank on Central be permitted?

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