Mon, July 15 at 8am – 

Due to the excessive rain:

  • Sunset Woods Park and Sunset Valley Golf Club are closed.
  • Portions of the paths at The Preserve of Highland Park and Larry Fink Park are flooded.
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Independence Day Events
Date & Time
Thu, Jul 4 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Join us for a FREE special morning community mind/body class held outdoors on the boardwalk at Rosewood Beach. Learn more.


The City of Highland Park is hosting a remembrance ceremony including remarks from Mayor Nancy Rotering, faith leaders, and music. Details coming soon to


The City and Park District is presenting a community-focused parade kicking off along a new route through Downtown Highland Park.  View more details at

1:30-4:30pm | 4th FEST

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July 4 @ 8:00 am 4:30 pm

1:30-4:30pm | 4th Fest

Sunset Woods Park

Join your friends and neighbors for an afternoon filled with family-friendly entertainment, rides, carnival games, a petting zoo, and other fun activities.

Attractions u0026 Games (requires wristband)

  • 11 attractions including two trackless trains, Hippo Chow Down, Portable Rock Wall and more!
  • 16 carnival games including Plinko, Go Ham Go, Roller Boller and more!
  • Face painting
  • The Frog Lady reptile show
  • Petting zoo

music stage

  • Radio Gaga – In a parallel universe where rock and pop icons are immortal, Freddie Mercury and Lady Gaga meet and begin a beautiful friendship that extends past reality.
  • Nanny Nikki – Grammy® Nominated Artist bringing classic children’s songs and originals to life.
  • Jesse White Tumblers

Food Vendors

A variety of food is available for purchase including:

  • Da Local Boy
  • Michael’s Grille
  • Judy’s Pizza
  • Riobamba Mexican Food
  • DDog
  • Depidy Dawg Ice Cream


Required only for Attractions u0026 Games

Wristbands | $10 (available for purchase at the event)

Avoid the Lines and Save Time! Pre-purchase your 4th Fest wristbands beginning Monday, June 17 through Wednesday, July 3 at the following locations:

  • West Ridge Center (636 Ridge Rd)
  • Recreation Center of Highland Park (1207 Park Ave. W)
  • Highland Park Bank & Trust (1949 St Johns Ave.)


Limited parking is available at Sunset Woods Park. Additional parking is available in the yellow parking lot at Endeavor Health Highland Park (located at the southeast corner of the hospital property, across Park Ave from Sunset Woods Park).

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View Park District Facility Independence Day hours, here.