Chairs line Central Street in Evanston, IL, a sure sign of the 4th of July. Â Putting out lawn chairs to save your space for the popular local 4th of July parade has been a time-honored tradition. Â The parade itself has been happening for 91 years. Â And believe it or not, this hugely successful event isÂ produced entirely by the all-volunteer, privately funded Evanston Fourth of July Association. Â No tax dollars are used for the actual production of the sports activities, parade, twilight band concert or fireworks.
Donâ€™t mess with Evanstonianâ€™s parade! Â The residents take the event so seriously the City of Evanston had to enforce an ordinace preventing its residence from putting lawn chairs out so early. Â Rumor has it that at one point people were trying to save their parade space a month in advance!
This year Lawn chairs could be placed along Central street beginningÂ July 1st, 6:00 AM in accordance with City ordinance.
As many as 140 entrants are expected to wind their way from Central Park Avenue East on Central Street to Ashland Avenue, beginning at 2:00 PM tomorrow.
There is a websiteÂ (http://www.evanston4th.org/)Â dedicated to the event for people to donate or volunteer, and each year there is a theme. Â 2012â€²s theme is â€œUnity through Diversity,â€ a great, positive message to spread.
To be completely honest Iâ€™m not a big fan of parades, but this parade is somehow different. Â And if you havenâ€™t ever attended I recommend the experience to all. Â It is a great family fun event. Â The Coldwell Banker on Central St. will be handing out free bottles of water so stop by the parking lot at 2929 Central St. Â Hope to see you at the Evanston 4th of July parade tomorrow!Â