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.
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.
Entry to the OPRF football stadium and the OPRF and Ridgeland Commons fields south of Lake Street will begin at 7 p.m. Space is limited.
No outside food or beverages, except for water, will be allowed in the stadium or on the fields. Pets, fireworks, bikes, skateboards, rollerblades, scooters, smoking, balloons and large bags, purses and backpacks are also prohibited.
Free parking will be available in the Avenue Garage, 720 North Blvd. There will be no public parking in the OPRF garage, Ridgeland Commons lot or along the perimeter of the OPRF football stadium.
Should severe weather occur, the fireworks event will be rescheduled to July 5.
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.