Keep Parkways of Parade Route Clear

Keep Parkways of 4th of July Parade Clear
Posted on 06/28/2019
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Everyone loves a parade! The Festival’s annual Fourth of July parade will step off on Thursday, July 4 at 10 a.m. from Oakton and Highland Streets. The Village asks all parade-goers to “Celebrate the Fourth on the Fourth” and refrain from the practice of “reserving” space along the parkway of the annual Fourth of July Parade until 7 p.m., July 3, the night before the parade. 

The educational campaign to keep the parkways of the parade route clear stems from the increased practice of items being placed on the parkways days prior to the parade in order to ensure a good viewing location. Parade spectators are asked to be “good neighbors” and not place chairs in a specific area of the public parkway; not use blankets and tarps secured by stakes or rocks; nor rope-off, nor tape off an area with stakes.

Reserving parade-viewing seats in the parkway is problematic for residents living along the parade route who wish to mow or water the parkways, or place recycling, refuse or yardwaste items on the parkways for pickup. It’s also difficult for other spectators who come on the morning of the Parade to find a location from where they can enjoy one of the most popular parades in the Northwest suburbs.

The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Oakton and Highland, travels to Dunton Avenue, then south on Dunton to Miner Street, and east on Miner to Recreation Park, 500 E. Miner Street.  

The parade is organized by Frontier Days, Inc., a volunteer group of over 350 volunteers, which has planned the annual Frontier Days celebration over the 4th of July holiday for 44 years.