By Igor Studenkov | For the Bugle
This year marks the 241st year since 13 British North American colonies officially declared their independence – and our readers have plenty of things to celebrate it with.
In the Village of Niles, the celebrations start off with the annual 4th of July Parade. As always, it starts at the Notre Dame College Prep High School at 8:45 a.m. The parade continues south on Ozark Avenue, turning east on Main Street, then south again on Harlem Avenue, then west on Monroe Street until it reaches Grennan Heights Park.
The fun continues at the park between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. The Niles Park District will set up a children’s water play area, games and inflatables. Kids will be able to get their faces painted and ride ponies, while adults will be able to try their luck in a community raffle, and the entire family will be able to enjoy the music, as The Mix band performs on the main stage starting 10:30 a.m.
As always, the Village of Morton Grove marks the Independence Day with Morton Grove Days. Running from June 30 to July 4, it will feature carnival rides, food, a beer garden and musical performances. It will take place at Harrer Park, near the American Legion Memorial Civic Center.
The Opening Day ceremony will take place on June 30, at 7:30 p.m. Morton Grove Days run from 4-11 p.m. on Friday and Monday, 2-11 p.m. on weekends and 5-11 p.m. on 4th of July itself.
The 4th of July will also have a parade that will start at 2:30 p.m., making its way through the village along Dempster Avenue, between Central and Ferris avenues. And the day will end will fireworks, which, according to Morton Grove Days’ website, will start whenever the sky gets dark enough.
Morton Grove Public Library will be holding a special Red, White and Bicycle event. Children are invited to stop by the library’s bicycle rack on July 3, between 3:30-5:30 p.m. and get supplies to decorate their bikes with patriotic red, white and blue themed colors and accessories.
Park Ridge Park District and Maine Township District 207 have teamed up to put on an Independence Day event at Maine East High School. Unlike other events listed in this article, it will take place on July 3. A family-orientad dance party will begin at 6:30 p.m., and fireworks will begin at dusk, around 8 p.m.
But that is not to say that there won’t be any celebrations on the 4th of July itself. Park Ridge Kiwanis Club’s annual 4th of July Kiddies Parade will begin at 9:15 at Hodges Park and run until 10 a.m. All families with kids between preschool and junior high school ages are encouraged to participate. Kids can ride bikes and wagons. According to the event listing, participants are encouraged to decorate and dress up in either traditional 4th of July themes or “Kid Themes.” The later can include characters from popular kids-orientated movies, cartoons and TV shows.
The registration will begin at 8:45 a.m. Kids and their families can win awards for best individual, best group or best costume and/or decoration for their age group. The age groups include preschool and kindegraten, grades 1-2, grades 3-4, grades 5-6 and grades 7-8.
All municipal offices and public libraries will be closed on 4th of July. Park Ridge Public Library will close early on July 3, at 6 p.m. instead of the usual 8 p.m. closing time.
Other area festivities:
JUNE 30 • MOUNT PROSPECT
Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival. All day events with fireworks at 9:45 p.m. Come out to Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect, for food, music and rides. Celebrate the 79th Annual Mount Prospect Lions Club Village Festival. Fireworks are free; other events and activities may include a fee.
JULY 4 • DES PLAINES
“Our History!” is this year’s Independence Day parade theme. This popular Des Plaines event kicks off at 10 a.m., from the intersection of Oakton Street and Center Street, proceeding north on Center to Prairie Avenue, east on Prairie, disbanding at Prairie and Pearson Streets. The review stand will be at the intersection of Thacker and Center Street.
JULY 4 • SKOKIE
Parade and Fireworks. Noon-9:30 p.m.The parade kicks off the festivities at noon and features marching bands, tumblers, drill teams, clowns, vintage automobiles, and more. The parade will run on Oakton Street, east from downtown to Oakton Park. At 5 p.m. the fun moves to Niles West High School with “Sherman Dodge Presents: Skokie’s 3-D Fireworks Fest,” featuring food, drinks and music. The first 10,000 patronsreceive a free pair of 3-D glasses. The concert and childrens’ activities begin at 6:30 p.m. The spectacular 3-D Fireworks Fest begins, at dusk. (The fireworks rain date is July 5.)
JULY 4 • MOUNT PROSPECT
Mount Prospect Lions Club Festival. All day events with fireworks at dusk. Come out to Melas Park, 1500 W. Central Road, Mount Prospect, for food, music and rides. Celebrate the 79th Annual Mount Prospect Lions Club Village Festival. Fireworks are free; other events and activities may include a fee.
JULY 4 • GLENVIEW
Parades and Fireworks. 10 a.m.- 9:30 p.m. Kids bike parade starts at 11:15 a.m. from Glenview Community Church parking lot, 1000 Elm Street. Independence Day Parade starts at 11:20 a.m. from the intersection of Glenview Road and Elm Street west to Glendale Road. The Twilight Concert at Gallery Park begins at 7 p.m. followed by the fireworks set to patriotic music.