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Monday, July 4, 2011

Evanston 4th of July Lakefront Fireworks

I hope all of you have a safe and fun 4th of July. This year our family gets to celebrate the holiday twice. Last night we went to the Wilmette fireworks event where my friend whipped up a very festive birthday cake for America, see photo above. Then tonight we are going to the beach in Evanston to watch more fireworks, this time over the water. I've heard parking in Evanston on the 4th is a total nightmare, so we will walk to all destinations today. Below is some information on how to join in the fun tonight in Evanston.

Evanston hosts an amazing lakefront fireworks show at 9:15 p.m. with a musical extravaganza broadcast on the radio at 90.5 FM.

Event Details from City of Evanston

The 2011 Theme is S.A.F.E.T.Y. — Sun And Fun in Evanston for Today's Youth (SAFETY)

Family sports events are held from 9AM to 12PM at Elks Park; Lincolnwood and Willard Schools; and Robert Crown Center, as well as from 10AM to 1PM at Fleetwood-Jourdain Center.

The finals of the citywide tennis tournament are held from 8AM to 4PM at Ackerman Park, Central St. at McDaniel. Applications will be available in May. Visit or call ECTA President Diana Harris at 847-869-7972.

The parade starts at 2PM at Central St. and Central Park Ave. and travels east on Central St. to Ryan Field at Ashland Ave.

The Palatine Concert Band performs from 7:30 to 9 PM at Dawes Park, Sheridan Rd. at Church St. At 9:15PM, spectacular fireworks will begin and are choreographed to music (90.5FM). Fireworks can be viewed from most lakefront parks and beaches.

Activities are provided by the Evanston Fourth of July Association, a non-profit organization of volunteers, which depends on contributions. To contribute or volunteer, or for more info. call 847-637-5236 or visit

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