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4th of July Parade and Celebration

2020 Fourth of July Celebration
Celebrate our nation at this year’s Fourth of July Celebration! All events will occur on Saturday, July 4, 2020. The theme for this year’s parade is "Thanks you, America's Navy!" in honor of the United States Navy's 245th Anniversary.

To Participate in the 2020 parade, please complete the 2020 Parade Application
No Applications will be accepted after Friday, June 5. 

As a reminder, City Administration Offices will be closed on Friday, July 3 in observance of the holiday.

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

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 Central Avenue, west along Central Avenue, ending at Sunset Woods Park. For more info, contact Amanda Civitello at 847.926.1043 or

Fourth Fest – 11 AM - 2 PM
After the parade, the Independence Day celebration continues with Fourth Fest at Sunset Woods Park and features food, music, and other family-friendly games and activities.
 Attractions: Carnival Rides, Petting Zoo, Pony Rides, Carnival Games, Inflatables, Climbing Wall. ($5/5 tickets available for purchase at the event)

 Live music:
      Main Stage: Rod Tuffcurls and the Benchpress

Food: available for purchase from Highland Park restaurants

Unlimited Ride Wristbands are available for pre-purchase for $20 June 29 – July 3 at Recreation Center of Highland Park, West Ridge Center, and Highland Park Bank and Trust (two locations – 1949 St Johns Ave & 623 Roger Williams).Wristbands are available for purchase at the event for $25. Ride tickets may also be purchased at the event: 5 tickets for $5. Food, beverages, and attraction tickets will be available for purchase.  This is a cash only event.

For more info on Fourth Fest activities, 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, 1080 Park Ave W., 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.

Learn more about the Bitter Jester Music Festival...