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4th of July Schedule

As the Nation’s 241st birthday approaches, the City announces the schedule of events for the Fourth of July Celebration, with all events occurring on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. The theme for this year’s festivities is "Celebrate Community Service."

As a reminder, City Admin Offices including the Highland Park Recycling Center 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. For more info, contact the Chamber of Commerce at 847.432.0284 or

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 starts at the intersection of Laurel and St. Johns Avenues and heads north on St. Johns Avenue, then turns west on Central Avenue and continues to Sunset Park. For more info, contact Hayley Garard at 847.926.1043 or 

Fourth Fest – 11 AM - 2 PM
After the parade, the fun moves to Sunset Park for Fourth Fest, featuring: food, music, carnival rides, a petting zoo, games, and more. For more info, contact Cathy Fiori of the Park District at 847.831.3810 or

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.