Top 10 Things to Know About the Sesquicentennial 4th of July Extravaganza

Top 10 Things to Know About the Sesquicentennial 4th of July Extravaganza

Phil_KiralyBy Village Manager Phil Kiraly

Planning events as meaningful, and tradition-driven, as our Patriotic Days takes an enormous community effort and this year has been no exception! As part of the on-going Sesquicentennial celebration, this year’s 4th of July festivities (taking place on Thursday, July 4) have been expanded and in many ways, we’ve turned to some lost traditions for inspiration. We hope that the changes encourage you to participate in the days-worth of activities and inspire you to make your own new 4th of July traditions with your family and fellow Glencoe community members!  

While you can view the full schedule of events for the day here, I made a quick list of the top 10 things you should know about the changes coming to the 2019 celebration:

  1. We’re now asking you to register for the parade: Ask anyone who’s been in town for more than a few years about what the parade used to be like, and they’ll likely say that they miss the neighborhood float competition. To bring back some of the former glory of our parade, we’ve increased our outreach to community organizations and neighborhood groups with the hopes of inspiring more participation (and perhaps some floats!) in the parade. As part of this effort, we’re asking you to register is advance. Parade registration is free and is open to pretty much any community organization, neighborhood, group of friends or business. In addition to multiple community groups that are already signed-up, we’re excited to announce that we’ll also have some guests at this year’s parade including the Jesse White Tumblers, the New Orleans-style Four Star Brass Band and the Crossmen Drum and Bugle Corps. Register for the parade online here before Friday, June 21 >>

  2. The parade route has been extended: New this year, we are extending the parade route all the way to Lakefront Park and are encouraging all parade on-lookers to follow the end of the parade to the Party in the Park, which kicks-off immediately following the parade. See the new route below or download a parade route map here >>

  3. The parade time has been pushed back to 3 p.m.: Because we’re going to start the Party in the Park off immediately following the parade, we’ve pushed the parade start time back from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Again, we hope that you’ll follow the parade to the park, where there will be expanded activities, all the way up to the fireworks show at 9 p.m.!

  4. We’ll now sell beer, spiked seltzer and wine at the Party in the Park: Our 21+ community members will now be able to enjoy the afternoon and evening with a glass of beer, spiked seltzer or wine! Stay tuned for a list of products that will be for sale (cash and credit card will be accepted). Valid IDs required.

  5. There will be guaranteed food trucks: Save your BBQs for the weekend and instead come to the Party in the Park hungry! You can expect at least four food trucks and an ice cream truck to aid in all your picnicking needs from 4-9 p.m. (And yes, the food trucks are guaranteed!).

  6. You can help keep us cool at the dunk tank: What community celebration would truly be complete without the ability to dunk one of your favorite Village or Park District employees? Be sure to be at the Party in the Park from 4-5 p.m. and again from 6-7 p.m. while the dunk tank is in action! Voluntary donations will be accepted for dunk attempts, benefitting future sesquicentennial celebration events.

  7. You can bounce the 4th away in our new inflatable games: To make sure we’re keeping it fun for all ages, we’re looking forward to bringing inflatables to the Party in the Park for the first time this year! Enjoy the Xtreme Fun Run or Gladiator Joust free-of-charge.

  8. You can compete with your friends at the Park District’s minute-to-win-it games: Think: races. Think: Americana. Think: Fun.

  9. You’ll get to enjoy all this while jamming out to two bands: We’re excited to welcome to “Serendipity,” a pop and rock cover band, starting at 4 p.m. and “The Blooze Brothers,”  a Blues Brothers cover band, starting at 6:30 p.m.

  10. Finally – in honor of the sesquicentennial – you’ll get to round out the celebration with our biggest fireworks show yet!

Of course, this event is only possible due to the amazing partnership between the Village and the Glencoe Park District and through your generous Patriotic Days Fund donations. Should you like to make a donation to support the festivities, you can make a contribution online here.

I can’t wait to celebrate with you on the 4th!