caption freeform

Independence Day 2024 Event Information

Independence Day Events

Remembrance Ceremony

The City of Highland Park will host a Remembrance Ceremony at 10:00 AM at Edgewood Middle School (929 Edgewood Rd.). The program will be available in English, Spanish, and American Sign Language, and will include remarks from Mayor Nancy Rotering, faith leaders, the City's poet laureate Laura Joyce-Hubbard, and music. The Remembrance Ceremony is at full capacity and on-site registration will not be available.

Independence Day Parade

The City and Park District present “Sweet Home Highland Park,” a community-focused parade kicking off at 1 PM along a new route through Downtown Highland Park. The theme celebrates all that makes Highland Park special, and will feature a special performance by the Great Lakes Navy Band. These talented musicians and active servicemembers will perform patriotic music as part of the band's second appearance in Highland Park since 2011. Pre-registration is not required to attend the Independence Day parade.

4th Fest

Highland Park neighbors will enjoy an afternoon filled with family-friendly entertainment, rides, carnival games, a petting zoo, face painting and other fun activities at Sunset Woods Park. The music stage will feature performances from Radio Gaga, Nanny Nikki, and Jesse White Tumblers. On-site food vendors include Highland Park restaurants Michael’s and Judy’s Pizza, as well as food trucks Da Local Boy, Riobamba Mexican Food, DDog, and Depidy Dawg Ice Cream. $10 wristbands are required for attractions and games, and may be purchased in advance; more information is available at pdhp.org. 4th Fest is presented by the Park District of Highland Park and Highland Park Bank & Trust. Learn more about 4th Fest.

Information for Remembrance Ceremony Attendees

The Remembrance Ceremony is open to pre-registered attendees only. The remembrance ceremony is at maximum capacity; please plan to arrive early in order to find a seat prior to the start of the program. Doors open at 9:00AM and the program will begin at 10:00AM.

To protect the privacy of individuals in attendance, the ceremony will be held indoors; it is respectfully requested that individuals attending refrain from taking photos or filming the event.

Entry

Entry to the Remembrance Ceremony will only be available through the Performing Arts Entrance on the west side of the school. Attendees will not be able to access the Auditorium through the main entrance of the school. Follow the signage from the parking lot to the Performing Arts Entrance.

Security Information

All guests entering the Remembrance Ceremony event area must pass through metal detectors and are subject to visual inspection, bag check, and additional security measures by the City of Highland Park Police Department and the City's security contractor. Please see the Security & ADA Notice for more information.

Parking & Drop-off Information

Parking is available at Edgewood Middle School. If the Edgewood parking lot is full, follow directions from on-site staff to park in the Northmoor Country Club parking lot. The City appreciates the partnership of Northmoor Country Club in allowing community members to park on their campus during the ceremony.

Individuals may be dropped off at the Performing Arts Entrance located on the west side of the building, facing Edgewood Rd. Parking in the Performing Arts Entrance circle is not permitted.

Independence Day Parade Information

Parade Route & Timing

The Independence Day Parade will begin at 1 PM and follow a new route through Downtown Highland Park. The parade will kick off at Laurel Ave. & First St., proceed west on Laurel, north on Green Bay Rd., west on Central Ave. ending at the intersection of Central Ave. & Sunset Rd. See the map below.

Road Closures

Street closures in the area will begin at 10 AM on the morning of July 4th with an anticipated opening at or around 2 PM on July 4. Access to and from the Port Clinton parking garage will be closed from 10 AM to approximately 2 PM.

No vehicle parking will be allowed from 10 AM to 2 PM on the street along the parade route and in identified staging areas. Refrain from parking along the parade route as noted above and in parade staging areas:

  • First St. from Central Ave. to Walnut St.
  • In the West CBD Parking Deck (First St. parking deck between Central Ave. & Laurel Ave.)
  • The First St. Metra lot on the west side of the tracks south of Laurel Ave.

These areas will be closed for staging and during the parade all vehicles must be removed from these parking areas by 10 AM. 

Getting to the Parade

Community members are encouraged to walk or bike to attend the parade; if planning to drive, please park in the St. Johns Ave. parking deck, the Renaissance Place parking garage, the First St. lots north of Central Ave. or surface lots on the east side of the train tracks as parking in the Port Clinton parking garage and First St. lots south of Central Ave. will not be possible due to road closures as indicated above.

Please note that there will be no access to the Port Clinton Garage between 10 AM and 2 PM. Click here to view parking in Downtown Highland Park..

General Parade Reminders

  • Please do not set up chairs in the street. Keep all chairs, blankets and other items on the sidewalks.
  • Please do not run out into the street or interrupt the flow of parade traffic.
  • Please listen to directions from police officers, community service officers, CERT volunteers and City staff. CERT volunteers and City staff will be wearing identifying t-shirts.

Emergency Text Notification Signup

Sign up for emergency text notifications by texting HPAlerts to 226787. This

texting service is not specific to Independence Day events. The City uses this text alert service for public safety notifications throughout the year. If you wish to avoid these other communications, please opt-out by texting “STOP” after the events conclude.

Addressing Potential Event Interruptions

Several local and state laws are in place to ensure parades and other events can proceed without unwanted interruption and disruption to the flow of parade traffic. These regulations include prohibiting physical obstruction, blocking, or the throwing of objects. Compliance with these laws is the primary goal, with fines and penalties imposed, and, if applicable, arrests made, when necessary. These measures help maintain order and ensure the safety and enjoyment of all event participants. While most non-violent and non-physical verbal statements fall under the category of protected speech, the following rules will always apply:

Local Codes:

  • Prohibit nuisances, disorderly conduct, street lounging, and traffic obstruction.
  • Prevent congregating on street corners and obstructing streets or alleys.

State Statutes:

  • Residential Picketing: Class B misdemeanor with penalties including jail time, probation, and fines.
  • Obstructing a Peace Officer: Class A misdemeanor for resisting or obstructing law enforcement.
  • Disorderly Conduct: Class C misdemeanor for actions causing alarm or disturbance.
  • Threatening Public Officials and Sworn Law Enforcement Officers: Class 3 Felony

These laws help maintain order and ensure the safety and enjoyment of all event participants.

July 4 Administrative Office Closure

In observance of Independence Day, City administrative offices will be closed on Thursday, July 4, and will reopen with regular hours on Friday, July 5. Please call the public safety non-emergency line at 847.432.7730 if assistance is required.

Refuse, recycling, and curbside compost collection will not occur on Thursday July 4, and will be delayed by one day for customers with Thursday and Friday collection. Please call LRS at 844.NEED.LRS with any questions.

Area Fireworks Displays

Please be advised of the following fireworks displays that may be audible in Highland Park:

 

Wednesday, July 3:

  • Glencoe Fireworks Display (9 PM)
  • Deerfield Family Days (9:15 PM)

 

Thursday, July 4:

  • Lake Shore Country Club, Glencoe (9 PM)
  • Northmoor Country Club (9:10 PM)
  • Northbrook 4th of July Display (dusk)
  • Lake Forest Festival & Fireworks

Safe Holiday Reminders

Please remember that fireworks are dangerous and illegal in the State of Illinois. Fireworks can cause fires, injury, and death, and are distressing to individuals and pets who are sensitive to loud noises. The Office of the Illinois State Fire Marshal and the City’s Fire Department urge everyone to leave fireworks to the professionals. 

 

Every year across the state, accidental fires, burn injuries, loss of limbs and deaths occur due to the use of fireworks. In addition to fireworks, novelties such as sparklers, snappers, and poppers are very dangerous. Sparklers account for the greatest number of fireworks injuries, and often to the youngest victims. Sparklers burn in excess of 1,200 degrees – hot enough to melt many metals and turn steel glowing red. An instantaneous touch will cause a burn and may result in permanent damage or scarring. 

 

Please be considerate of neighbors and comply with Illinois law by leaving fireworks to professionals this summer.