June 17, 2022 - The many dimensions of Oak Park will be on display when the annual July 4th parade steps off at 10 a.m. on Monday, 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 offers many viewing opportunities along the way.
Groups interested in participating in the parade can register at www.oak-park.us/paraderegistration.
Weather permitting, a fireworks display will begin at dusk on July 4 in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School near East Avenue and Lake Street.
This year marks the return of Oak Park's July 4th parade after the event was canceled the past two years due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Dozens of 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.
Of course, the Police and Fire departments always are part of the parade, too, with vehicle lights flashing.
For more information or to volunteer to help out at the parade, call 708.358.5407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.