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July 4th parade to showcase Oak Park's diversity

June 20, 2023 – The many dimensions of Oak Park will be on display when the annual July 4th parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street.

Parade participants march north on Ridgeland Avenue to Augusta Street and disperse at Whittier School. The route will offer many viewing opportunities along the way.

More than 50 groups typically participate in the parade, including social and special interest groups, community groups, athletic teams, politicians, businesses, service organizations, children’s groups, animal lovers with their pets and musical groups.

Some participants bring floats and drive vintage cars. Others play music, carry banners, ride decorated bicycles and skate. Most dress up in all manner of red, white and blue to commemorate the nation’s birthday and to celebrate Oak Park’s rich diversity.

The deadline to register to participate in the parade is June 28. Click here to register.

Fireworks are not planned for July 4th in Oak Park this year. In years past planning and funding for fireworks displays in Oak Park was provided for by private businesses or private donations, but no such entity stepped forward this year.

Additionally, Oak Park’s fireworks show has typically been held at Oak Park and River Forest High School, but the location is not available due the ongoing renovation of the high school and Park District of Oak Park playing fields.

For more information or to volunteer to help out at the parade, call 708.358.5407 or email