The Evanston Fourth of July Association has replaced its traditional 4th of July activities with an alternative virtual celebrationdue to COVID-19.

This year’s event theme, “Community United Cannot Be Divided,” will offer programming streamed onFacebook Live,theassociation’s websiteand WCGO Radio 1590AM/95.9FM.

There’ll be a behind the scenes look at the celebration and parade at 11 a.m., avirtual parade at 2 p.m. and a virtual concert and fireworks show at 8 p.m.

City officials are encouraging residents tofollowhealth and safety guidelinesto reduce the risk of spreading or contracting COVID-19. Gatherings must be limited to 50 people or fewer people in accordance with the state’s Phase 4 guidelines.

Parking meters/pay boxes and downtown parking garages in Evanston will be free on July 4. Regular parking enforcement will take place on Friday, butstreet cleaning restrictions and enforcement will not occur.

Most city facilities will be closed over the weekend. You can find more details about that here.

And, in case you didn’t know,fireworks are illegal in Evanston.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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