Glenview 4th of July Celebration

Parade: Thu, July 4, 11:20 a.m.
Harlem & Glenview Road
Bike Parade begins at 11:15 a.m. at Jackman Park

Twilight Fireworks: Thu, July 4, Gallery Park
6 p.m.  Music with Live DJ, Food Vendors
7 p.m.  Live Band
9:20 p.m. Fireworks

Independence Day Parade
Thursday July 4, 11:20 a.m.

We are thrilled to be hosting a full parade through downtown Glenview. This year marks Glenview’s 125th anniversary, and Glenview’s 4th of July parade is part of the celebration! Join us for our annual tradition with floats, entertainers and giveaways! The parade will feature parade floats and entries from local organizations, and this year’s parade theme is Glenview: Past, Present, Future!
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Parade Route

Be a part of the parade!

The parade route is approximately 1 mile in length.  It begins on Harlem Ave, just north of Glenview Rd adjacent to the Glenview Public Library. The parade will travel south on Harlem to Central Rd., then west on Central to Johns Park where the judges’ reviewing stand will be located.  All entries will be judged as they pass the reviewing stand.

Parade Guidelines

This year’s parade theme is Glenview, Past, Present and Future, to celebrate Glenview’s 125th anniversary.

  • A maximum of ONE decorated vehicle per group will be allowed.
  • The maximum height for all vehicles/floats is 18 feet, due to street lights and power lines.
  • All vehicles/floats must be decorated to participate in the parade (i.e. decorated banners, streamers, balloons, stars, red/white/blue decorations, etc.).
    Vehicles that are not decorated will be not be permitted in the parade. No refunds will be granted.  An antique car/novelty unit are the ONLY exceptions to this rule.
  • Decorations should be designed to accommodate wind and movement of the vehicle/float.
  • No use of water pistols or water guns of any kind can be used during the parade. PARADE OFFICIALS WILL STRICTLY ENFORCE THIS REQUIREMENT.
  • Candy must be HANDED to children/adults standing behind the red SAFESIDE lines painted on the streets.
  • There will be a maximum of 75 parade entries. No applications will be accepted once the parade is full.

The parade application will open on Monday, April 1 and close on Wednesday, June 19.
Parade details, including your unit number, assigned arrival times, drop-off locations and staging guidelines will be posted here by June 24.

Cash or check payments will be accepted at Park Center – 2400 Chestnut Ave., Glenview, IL 60026
Remit to: Glenview Park District- July 4th
If your group would like to sponsor a band or entertainer, please call 224-521-2596.

Questions: please contact Kathleen McInnis, Parade Coordinator, at

Take part in a memorable Glenview tradition! Join the celebration with floats, a bike parade, entertainers, live music, food trucks, giveaways and more. End your evening with the Glenview Bank & Trust® Twilight Fireworks synchronized to music. This year marks Glenview’s 125th anniversary, and Glenview’s 4th of July is part of the celebration. You won’t want to miss it!


Twilight Fireworks Sponsored by

Glenview Parade Sponsored by

Did you know that direct expenses for this event, which total around $100,000, are paid by donations and support from residents like you? Every year, business and community leaders in Glenview generously donate their time and financial support to make this day special for our friends and families. Independence Day is a national holiday, but the local celebrations and traditions are what make this day so special for us. We invite you to help us bring another year of celebration for our country’s history and values to Glenview. Any level of support is appreciated and will be recognized.

View our business sponsorship opportunities

Donate to help support the cost of the event and show off your community spirit with a “Proud Supporter” lawn sign. You will also receive a special Glenview 125th anniversary sticker and a parking pass for our community’s biggest event.

Become a residential supporter


The 2024 Bike Parade will kick off the main Independence Day Parade at 11:15 a.m. at Jackman Park. Show off your wheels and patriotic spirit! Bring your pre-decorated red, white and blue bikes, scooter and strollers. The bike parade is free and all ages are welcome to participate. Children ages 10 years and younger must have a parent walk with them during the parade and bike helmets are highly recommended. Thank you to Wesley Child Care Center and Edward Jones for sponsoring this year’s Bike Parade.



6 p.m.  Music with Live DJ, Food Vendors
7 p.m.  Live Band
9:20 p.m.  Fireworks

Join us for the Glenview Bank & Trust® Twilight Fireworks, a 26-minute display synchronized to music. Come and take part in a memorable Glenview tradition!


Please note that fireworks parking is $20. Lots take cash only as payment.

Food vendors will be listed closer to the event date.

things to know

The Village is increasing security at this year’s Fourth of July celebration to help create a safe, festive atmosphere for parade and fireworks participants and spectators. There will be a very large police presence on-site, and nearly every officer will be on shift. They will be assigned duties throughout the daytime and evening events. The Village has also brought in additional security personnel and resources to work the events.

The Village’s Safety Response Team, which has been trained to rapidly respond to any developing situation, will also be on-site. While some of these safety measures will be visible, others will not be, and we are keeping the full details of our security plan internal for the safety of all participants.

Please leave your personal fireworks, pets, drones and alcohol at home.


Please help us reduce our trash by taking everything that you bring into the park.
How You Can Help:

Use reusable items, including:
Reusable Drinking Bottles (Water refilling stations in the Park)
Bring food in containers
Bring Silverware & Napkins
Reusable Bags for your supplies
Avoid one-time use items & disposing of them in the park

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The flag is a patriotic symbol that can be portrayed in many different places. As community members begin adorning their homes in red white and blue, we encourage you to read through the flag code to learn about the flag’s meaning and how to respectfully wave its colors.