July 4th Introduction: When and When to Celebrate Independence Day in the Canton of New Trier


The July 4 celebrations in New Trier Township are back in full force this year after many were canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The record has compiled a brief recap of the upcoming vacations in Canton New Trier this weekend.


Wilmette will be full of fun for Independence Day this year.

The Wilmette Park District Fun and Fireworks event is scheduled for Saturday July 3 at Gillson Park. According to information from the park district, the festivities will begin at 4 p.m. The fireworks will start at 9:30 p.m.

Live music performances and food throughout the evening will be available, depending on the park district. Elmwood Dunes will be closed for this year’s event, officials said.

Park officials have released the following information with “notable changes” expected this year:

• The Park District will not organize games or rides for children. Entertainment will be limited to music and fireworks.
• No buses this year: The Pace Bus shuttle to and from Gillson will not be available this year. This means Wilmette will have a high volume of traffic in the parking lot and the surrounding neighborhood. Authorities are encouraging people to plan ahead.

The Winnetka Park District and Village are bringing back their annual July 4th Parade. The parade on Elm Street will begin at 10 a.m. on Glendale Avenue. It will end at Cedar Street, officials said.

In this year’s parade, Glenn L. Felner, a WWII veteran, will be the Grand Marshal. Officials said the parade “will provide parade participants an opportunity to recognize the bravery, leadership and patriotism of Mr. Felner for his participation in what has been called the” greatest American battle of the war. “

Originally from Chicago, Felner enlisted in the military after high school, according to a press release from the village of Winnetka. Felner served as a technical corporal for the 271st Regiment, 69th Infantry, Seventh Army Division.

Felner fought in the Battle of the Bulge in the Ardennes region of Belgium.

He received several military distinctions for “his heroic activities, including the insignia of combat infantry, the American bronze star and the decoration of the French Legion of Honor,” according to the statement detailing his achievements.

These other events will also be held on the 4th in Winnetka:

• Activities on the Skokie playground
• Activities in the village parks
• A 5 km freedom run
• pop-up ice cream events on the beaches of Winnetka

The village fireworks display has been postponed to Saturday, September 25.

In Glencoe, locals can enjoy a 4th of July parade and a fun run. The Glencoe Park district is also having preschool and family games in Kalk Park during the day on Sunday July 4, officials said. Glencoe Beach will be open to pass holders during the holidays and a steel drum group will perform on the beach in the afternoon.

Glencoe will also host “Summer’s Last Blast” on September 3, an event that will feature live music followed by fireworks at Lakefront Park.

The Village publishes a detailed program of the July 4th festivities. The schedule, compiled by the village, is included below:

Rotary fun run
8:00 a.m. Glencoe Station
Meet at Glencoe Station for a fun three-kilometer run. All ages welcome, optional donation of $ 5-10 to benefit the causes of Rotary Glencoe.

Preschool games
9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Kalk Park
Free games and activities for preschool friends will take place at Kalk Park.

Family games
11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kalk Park
Play musical chairs, craft a toilet paper mummy, and take part in wacky races designed to keep the whole family laughing. The fun will start at 11 a.m. in front of Liza’s Gazebo in Kalk Park.

Village parade
1 p.m., Downtown Glencoe
Watch neighbors and community groups march through downtown Glencoe. The parade will begin at 1 p.m. at the central school and will meander down Vernon Avenue to Park Avenue, ending at the village hotel.

Glencoe’s July 4th Parade route.

Steel drums at the beach
1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Glencoe Beach (season pass holders only)
Glencoe Beach will be open to season ticket holders from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, July 4. A group of steel drums will play on the sand from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the enjoyment of season ticket holders.

The District of Northfield Park will also be hosting July 4th activities, including an 11am to 1pm event on July 4th at Willow Park. According to the event listing, there will be “family fun,” including inflatables, games, races, a bicycle decorating contest, and a catering and beer tent.

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