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Independence Day Ceremony, Walk & Picnic
Date & Time
Tue, Jul 4 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

10am: Remembrance Ceremony at City Hall

The ceremony will include a performance by the Highland Park Strings, remarks by Mayor Nancy Rotering and interfaith clergy, and a moment of silence at 10:14 AM, when the first shots were fired on July 4, 2022.

11am: Community Walk

Following the 2022 parade route, the walk is a reminder of our beloved community tradition and symbolizes the reclaiming of our town as we build resiliency together. The community walk will not be a parade and will not include floats or performers.

11:30am: Community Picnic at Sunset Woods

Independence Day Community Picnic will bring together community members of all ages to enjoy live performances, food, and family-friendly games and activities.


In the evening, community members will enjoy entertainment at Wolters Field featuring live music and ice cream novelties, closing with a custom drone show. In consideration of concerns regarding the noise of fireworks and the City’s push for more sustainable alternatives, the annual fireworks display will not be held. The Bitter Jester Music Festival, which traditionally culminates with its grand finale concert on the Fourth of July ahead of the fireworks display, will be held as part of the Taste of Highland Park weekend at The Lot in Downtown Highland Park on Sunday, June 25, 2023.