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July 4 Events: Security & Prohibited Items

July 1, 2023 -- The City of Highland Park is partnering with neighboring communities, state, and federal law enforcement in the planning and day-of security. Private security will also be in place for these events to provide additional coverage throughout the day. Guests may expect to see:
  • Officers maintaining an event perimeter around City Hall, the Community Walk route, and the evening entertainment
  • Working K9s (unlike the City’s community service and wellness dog Pawfficer Vinny Duke, these are crime-fighting dogs and should not be petted or approached)
  • Officers assigned to be part of the event, including walking the route with members of the public
  • Officers wearing uniforms of other jurisdictions
  • Officers assigned to positions on rooftops
  • Helicopter surveillance
  • Drones may be used for the purpose of real-time monitoring of participant safety. The drones are flown in accordance with Federal Aviation Administration safety regulations. 
Please note that, based on their assignment, some officers will be armed with long rifles.

Please be aware there is no storage area for prohibited items. Prohibited items include:

  • Firearms, knives, explosives or weapons of any kind 
  • Athletic equipment (balls and flying discs, etc.) 
  • Pets (excluding service animals) 
  • Anything that needs to be staked into the ground 
  • Drones or other flying apparatus 
  • Fire pits 
  • Air horns or other distracting noisemakers 
  • Alcohol 
  • Backpacks (including clear backpacks)
  • Fireworks 
  • Glass/metal/aluminum containers, bottles or cans (including tumblers, thermoses and flasks) 
  • Illegal drugs or substances 
  • Laser pointers 
  • Marijuana 
  • Skateboards, hover boards or other personal recreation vehicles with the exception of ADA-required devices 
  • Wrapped packages 
  • Any other items deemed inappropriate by operations personnel 

Backpacks of any kind (including clear backpacks) are not allowed. The maximum personal bag size: 10" x 6" x 2". The Evening Concert requires clear bags only. 

Please note that guests will not be able to bring in chairs or other seating aids into Wolters Field.

The City of Highland Park supports the Department of Homeland Security's See Something, Say Something campaign. We all play a role in keeping our communities safe. Whether at an event or in daily life, if you see something that doesn’t seem quite right, say something. Uniformed police officers will be on-site at all events, and can assist with reports of suspicious activity.