Independence Day 2017
The Independence Day 2016 Celebration, hosted by the Wilmette Park District, will take place on Sunday, July 3, in Gillson Park. coming soon: Click here to download a schedule of events or keep reading.
NOTE: This year's Fun Run/Walk For Fun—beginning and ending in Gillson Park—will be held on Monday, July 4, the day after the Family Fun and Fireworks event.
Family Fun and Fireworks
Games and rides for children, entertainment, roving performers, and a Tastefest are all part of the festivities beginning at 4 p.m. A traditional concert of patriotic music by the Palatine Concert Band is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Wallace Bowl.
The Grand Fireworks display lights up the sky at 9:30 p.m. There is no raindate for fireworks.
The easiest way to get to and from the Independence Day celebrations in Gillson Park is by using the special Pace shuttle bus service. Motorists may park at Edens Plaza or at the METRA commuter lot.
The shuttle bus route will run from Edens Plaza east on Lake Street, south on 12th Street and east on Central Avenue to Gillson Park where passengers will be dropped on Michigan Avenue south of Washington Avenue. Passengers will be picked up all along the route. The shuttle will run about every 10 minutes between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. and then every 5 minutes between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.
After the fireworks, the last bus leaves Gillson Park at 11 p.m. The fare is $3.50 round trip, exact fare only, and will be collected eastbound. Tickets will be issued for the return trip. You will be required to present a ticket for the return trip. Exact change only—fare boxes DO accept dollar bills. Riders with a valid Benefit Access permit and children under 7 are free.
July 3: Festival Stage entertainment schedule coming soon