Evanston adds to Fourth of July activities to mark city’s 150th anniversary

Edward Cox, Assistant Summer Editor

Evanston is expanding its Fourth of July festivities as part of this year’s celebration of the city’s 150th anniversary.

The Evanston 4th of July Association and city have together contributed $20,000 in additional funds for extra fireworks and a larger parade, association members announced at Monday’s City Council meeting.

Parade participants will starting march at 2 p.m. on Central Street toward Ryan Field. Fireworks will be held at 9:15 p.m., accompanied by musical acts.

Nine sites at schools, community centers and parks around Evanston will be designated for playground activity with events such as races, jump rope and pie-eating contests. The youth activities will start 9 a.m. and end as late as noon at a few locations, including the Robert Crown Center, 1701 Main St.

Children can also enter a half-mile run beginning at Ackerman Park on the corner of Central Street and McDaniel Avenue. The registration fee is $10, and all proceeds go to the association.

Edward Cox