Winnetka’s Fourth of July Celebration



Winnetka Park District
Admin + Recreation Office
540 Hibbard Road, Winnetka, IL 60093
P: (847) 501-2040
F: (847) 501-5779
E: wpdinfo@winpark.org


Monday – Friday: 8:30am – 5pm

Winnetka's Fourth of July: Schedule of Events

Freedom Run | Saturday, July 1 | 8am

Bring your family, friends, and neighbors out to join in on the fun! This 5k race along the Green Bay Trail is a great way to kick off the Fourth of July festivities. Chicago Race Management will track time and post live results throughout the race.

Race check-in is from 7 – 7:45am. This event is held rain or shine. No refunds will be offered to participants on the day of the event due to weather.

Parade | Tuesday, July 4 | 10am

Support local organizations and your neighbors as they march in the parade alongside orchestras, pipe bands, jugglers, Uncle Sam on stilts, and more!

Family, friends, and everyone in between are invited to take part in this patriotic event. Entries may be as simple or sophisticated as you wish. Decorate a bike, wagon, lawn tractor, build a float, dress in costume, or march to your own drum.

To participate, fill out the parade application using the button below or contact Toby Ross at tross@winpark.org.

Events on the Green | Tuesday, July 4 | 11am - 1:30pm

After the parade, join us at the Village Green Park for the traditional flag-raising ceremony, a children’s flag parade, and our historic family foot races! Compete for the coveted family trophy and let the bragging rights begin.

Kona Ice will be handing out FREE ice cream to the first 600 kids.

Schedule of events:
  • Flag Raising
  • National Anthem
  • Greeting
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Declaration of Independence
  • Children’s Flag Parade
  • Races on the Green

Fourthfest | Tuesday, July 4 | 5:30 - 8:30pm

Join us for fun family activities before the fireworks begin! There will be live music by the Blooze Brothers, and food trucks to grab a bite to eat. The lineup of food trucks will be available to view at a later date. Check back here soon for more info!

Wristband Required Attractions (children only):
  • Games/inflatables/rides
  • Balloon artists
  • Face painting

Use the button below to purchase your wristband ahead of time to save money! Wristbands will be able to purchase day-of.

Fireworks | Tuesday, July 4 | 9:20pm

Join us for the best fireworks show on the North Shore! Viewing for the fireworks will be on the turf at Skokie Playfield. A map for Fourthfest activities and fireworks viewing will be available to view at a later date. Check back here soon for more info!

Please note, the fireworks viewing is not at Duke Childs Field this year due to the stormwater construction project.

Security Measures

Please note, there will be increased security measures during all Fourth of July festivities. A security team will be on-site to conduct a bag check at the entrance of the fireworks viewing area + Fourthfest. There will be only one entrance to that area.

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