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Glenview 4th of July Celebration

July 4, 2020

We are excited to announce the Independence Day parade will go on! While many surrounding communities are canceling their festivities for the Fourth of July, Glenview is committed to finding ways to continue our cherished traditions in a safe way that complies with our state and health guidelines, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Instead of having the traditional parade move on a set route past crowds of people, we are going to do a reverse parade! Residents can decorate their vehicles and visit Community Park West, where businesses, community groups and other local organizations will be setting up stationary “floats”. Vehicles will be able to drive through to both see and become part of the parade.

The Reverse Parade Is Sold Out – Thank You for Your Support!

We are thrilled by the amazing response our community has had in supporting the July 4th Reverse Parade. Because of traffic control and staffing needs, we are not able to extend the time of the parade or offer more slots within the assigned times. Please join us in a community-wide bell ringing at 8 pm. in the evening. We recognize all that you have endured during the last few months of closures. This July 4th will not be like anything we have experienced before. It is the personal relationships and our common bonds that matter most. Be well, be safe and thank you for your patience and understanding. On behalf of the Glenview Park District, we hope you have a great holiday weekend.


4th of July Bell Ringing

While we cannot hold the typical Twilight Fireworks show this year due to health and safety concerns, the park district has been working with local churches throughout Glenview to organize a festive, community-wide bell ringing at 8 p.m. to celebrate.

You can also join in with any bells or noise makers you have at home! Let’s all make some noise together to celebrate this cherished holiday. For those who join us at the parade, the park district will be providing one cowbell to each car, courtesy of Glenview State Bank.


Twilight Fireworks postponed

The Glenview Park District is proceeding with summer plans using the guidelines outlined in the Restore Illinois plan.  Based on gating criteria, July 4 will likely be in phase 4 of the plan. This phase allows events with groups of 50 or less if physical distancing and face coverings are used. We know the Twilight Fireworks show draws thousands of spectators each year!

Our team considered options for alternative ways to host the fireworks, but none were viable solutions. As a cherished community event, we can’t limit spectators to such small numbers. Traffic control issues and spacing restrict our ability to produce a show that can be viewed from vehicles parking nearby. Our proximity to O’Hare International Airport prohibits our ability to shoot larger shells higher into the air to be viewed from your backyard. This is doubly prohibited due to our location near interstates, where fireworks are restricted due to potential distracted driving hazards. 

By having the fireworks in Gallery Park as in the past, this would mean very few people would be allowed to attend.  If the spectators we able to park in their cars it still poses an issue as they would likely have to get out to be able to see the fireworks and you have the same spacing issue in addition to the traffic snarls this would cause on arterial roads around the Glen. Creating “mini” shows at various locations around Glenview is cost prohibitive, as each show would cost roughly $38,000 and residential areas do not provide a large enough safety radius. 

Because of this, the Park Board decided to postpone the Twilight Fireworks show. The event will either be moved to later this year, or be combined with next year’s show to create an extra-special experience for our return to normal. 


Thank you to our Committee

Special Thanks to our Glenview 4th of July Committee! We are very fortunate to a have the support of a dedicated group of citizen volunteers who make up the Glenview July 4th Committee. This group works throughout the year to raise the thousands of dollars needed to support this event. Without this group, there would be no celebration in our community.

  • Craig Solomon, Committee Chair
  • Betsy Baer
  • Kevin Christell
  • Lisa Hanneman
  • William Hunt
  • David Kreiman
  • Kay Laurie
  • Michael Lee
  • George Nellamattathil
  • Florence Present
  • Frank Sclavenitis
  • Mark Trapp
  • Mike Jenny, Village of Glenview Designee

Want to get more involved in the community and help support this and future Independence Day celebrations?
Click here for the Glenview 4th of July Committee application. 



July 4, 2020
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Gallery Park
2400 Chestnut Ave.
Glenview, IL 60026 United States
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