Celebrate our nation and 150 years of Highland Park at this year’s Fourth of July Celebration! All events will occur on Thursday, July 4, 2019. The theme for this year’s parade is “HP150 – Happy Birthday, Highland Park!” in honor of the City’s 150th Anniversary. Descendants of the City’s first families will serve as the 2019 Parade Grand Marshals.
To Participate in the 2019 parade, please complete the2019 Parade Application.
No Applications will be accepted after Wednesday, June 5.
As a reminder, City Administration Offices will be closed for the holiday. Garbage will be delayed one day.
Children’s Bike & Pet Parade – 9:30 AM
Participants should meet at 9:15 AM in the lower level of the parking structure at the northwest corner of St. Johns and Laurel Avenues. All are welcome; no registration is required. For more info, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 847.432.0284 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Independence Day Parade – 10 AM
The celebration continues with the annual Independence Day Parade hosted by the City and Park District. The parade features floats, marching bands, dignitaries, novelty groups, community entries and other special entertainment. The parade route has changed. The parade route starts at the same location at the intersection of Laurel Avenue and St. Johns Avenue, proceeding on St. Johns to Elm Place, west on Elm Place, immediate south on First Street, west along Central Avenue, ending at Sunset Woods Park. For more info, contact Hayley Garard at 847.926.1043 or email@example.com.
Big Bash in conjunction with Fourth Fest – 11 AM – 2 PM
After the parade, join the city and park district at Sunset Woods Park for the biggest party of the year! Featuring food, music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, games, entertainment, birthday cake, pie-eating contest, relay races, and other family-friendly games and activities. For more info, contact Cathy Fiori of the Park District at 847.831.3810 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Bitter Jester Music Festival & Fireworks – 4 PM
The grand finale of the Bitter Jester Music Festival will take place at Wolters Field at 4 PM. Food vendors are on site during the concert and leading up to the aerial fireworks display at 9:30 PM. The fireworks are best viewed from Wolters Field. Parking is available at Wolters Field, Highland Park Hospital’s East Parking Lot, or in the Highland Park Country Club parking lot. Residents are reminded that there is no parking permitted along Route 41 and Park Avenue West; Attendees are not permitted on the Highland Park Country Club grounds for the fireworks show. Alcohol is prohibited.