Wilmette, IL

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Updated on:
Mon, 2017-02-20 15:51

Independence Day 2015

The Independence Day 2015 Celebration, hosted by the Wilmette Park District, will take place on Friday, July 3, in Gillson Park. 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 also be held on Friday, July 3, the same day as 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. It will be preceded by a sneak preview of this summer’s Starlight Theatre musical feature, Once Upon A Mattress

     The Grand Fireworks display lights up the sky at 9:30 p.m. There is no raindate for fireworks.

Take the Pace Bus to the Park

      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.

For handicapped parking and drop off zones click here.

July 3: Festival Stage

4:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | Emcee: Ken Schultz, The Flying Fool
5 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. | Little Miss Ann and Her Band, Music for Kids
6 p.m. - 6:45 p.m. | The Swordsmen! A poke at the Renaissance
7 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. | The Jesse White Tumblers, Sponsored by the Village of Wilmette Human Relations Commission 
7:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. | The Meteors, 50s & 60s dance cover band
Post-Fireworks - 10:45 p.m. | The Dooley Brothers, Folk, Irish, Swing & Good Old Rock & Roll

Roving Entertainers

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Strolling Juggler
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Frank Birdsall, Uncle Sam on Stilts
6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Dennis DeBondt, Very Funny Magic

Sports, Games & Rides

4 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. | Games and Races (in the main game area), Preschool-Adult
4 p.m.-7 p.m. | Free Throws (south of Big Tent), Grades 2-3 & 4-8. Final rounds: 7 p.m.
4 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Speed Pitch (south of softball field)
4 p.m.- 8 p.m. | Carnival Games (in the Big Tent), Preschool through 8 years old
4:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Face Painting (tent near Moonwalk) All Ages
4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Moonwalk
4 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. | Pony Rides, Mini Golf, Tot Train & Obstacle Course


4 p.m. until closing Taste-Fest, featuring some of your favorite restaurants. CASH ONLY

July 3rd Independence Day Concert At Wallace Bowl

7 p.m. Summer Show Sneak Preview:
Once Upon A Mattress
7:15 p.m. Palatine Concert Band

July 3rd Grand Fireworks Display

9:30 p.m. Shot over Lake Michigan between the Pier and Wilmette Harbor. There is no raindate for fireworks.


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