2020 Parade and Fireworks Canceled Due to COVID-19 Coronavirus Pandemic
This year’s Fourth of July parade and fireworks have been canceled to protect the community against the possible spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus. The event is not feasible, public health officials say, given the crowds created by the annual celebration. The events also would not be in compliance with state emergency public health rules govrning gatherings. Governor Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s plan for reopening Illinois relies on five data-driven phases of measurable progress against the highly contagious coronavirus. Gatherings such as the parade and fireworks would not be allowed until the final phase. Click here to read more about the state plan…
The many dimensions of diversity in Oak Park are on display when the annual Independence Day Parade steps off at 10 a.m., July 4 from Longfellow Park at Ridgeland Avenue and Adams Street. The parade marches north on Ridgeland to Augusta Street, turning east to disperse near Whittier Elementary School at Harvey Avenue.
Among the entries typically scheduled to march are social and special interest groups, community groups, athletic teams, politicians, businesses and service organizations, children’s groups, animal lovers with their pets and musical groups.
Weather permitting, a fireworks display usually begins at dusk in the football stadium of Oak Park and River Forest High School, near East Avenue and Lake Street.
To register as a participant or traffic volunteer for the parade, complete the Participation Application. For more information, call 708.358.5407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.