Northbrook 4th of July Porch Parade

Website Photo - 4th of July Parade Collage

Let’s Celebrate Independence Day in Style!

As an alternative to the traditional 4th of July parade, Northbrook residents are invited to create their own “floats” by decorating their porch, house, front yard, or front window! Participating households must submit their address by 11:59pm on June 30 for a chance to win and to be added to an interactive parade route map. The interactive map will be shared via the Village website, social, media, or by texting 4THJULY to 888777.

1st and 2nd place winners in four categories will be selected by ’celebrity judges’. The four categories are: overall best, most patriotic, most original, and most likely to make you smile. Winners will receive gift cards to local restaurants.

Displays will be up throughout the day, but community members are encouraged to travel the parade route from 2-4pm – when they’ll find special giveaway stations on the way! Volunteers along the route will be passing out reusable bags, mini flags and 3D glasses, and “Northbrook Strong” bumper stickers and window signs, while supplies last.

Decoration Rules & Regulations

  • Displays must be fully decorated by 10am on Saturday, July 4.
  • Display MUST BE appropriate for a family audience.
  • Displays are not a place for commercial marketing. Businesses are welcomed and encouraged to participate with a focus on the mission of bringing community together while staying home.
  • The Village of Northbrook reserves the right to exclude any displays that do not meet our guidelines or that feature content not aligned with our mission.
  • Registrations are limited to one per household, per location.
  • Registration for the “Porch Parade” and/or tagging with related photos or videos on social media, grants the Village of Northbrook permission to use your images, media and footage on any platform.

Meet the Judges!

Get to know our five Northbrook ’celebrity judges!’ Each judge was asked (1) What do you love about the 4th of July? (2) What are you looking for in a ‘Porch Parade winner’? and (3) What’s on your ideal BBQ plate?

Roger Adkins, Northbrook Chief of Police

  1. The 4th of July gives us the opportunity to gather as a community as well as with family and friends to celebrate America’s independence and participate in the events of the day.
  2. A Porch Parade winner will let their creativity and originality shine brightly by presenting a unified theme of what the 4th of July means to them.
  3. The ideal BBQ plate will have ribs, chicken, corn on the cob, and potato salad!

Kathy Fielding, CEO of North Suburban YMCA

  1. I love the parades, spending time with family and friends, and of course fireworks!
  2. Creativity and fun and celebrating summer and freedom!
  3. I love a good BBQ – I love a good cheeseburger, my mom’s potato salad, corn on the cob, and watermelon! For dessert, éclair cake or ice cream sundaes!

Kate Hall, Executive Director of the Northbrook Public Library

  1. I love being out in the community on a day that celebrates our independence. Normally, on the 4th of July, I would be running the Rotary Pancake Breakfast in Village Green before running home to shower and line up for the 4th of July Parade with the Library. And while I don’t get to do that this year, I am thrilled that I will still get to celebrate the 4th in a fun way.
  2. I’m looking for something that will make me smile and chase away some of the sadness we will all be feeling on the 4th when we can’t be celebrating as we usually do.
  3. A cheeseburger, pickle, and some tangy coleslaw paired with a glass of wine sounds just about perfect. And then some cherries for dessert.

Neil Steinberg, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist & Northbrook Resident

  1. I love the 4th of July because it is a celebration both of our freedoms and of the struggle required to win and maintain those freedoms.
  2. I’m looking for a display that is visually dramatic, creative, and of course patriotic.
  3. Chicken, beans, cole slaw, ribs, corn bread.

Isabelle West, Glenbrook North’s 2020 ’Outstanding Girl’

  1. I love the community aspect of the 4th of July and how everyone comes together to have fun and celebrate this occasion.
  2. I am looking for passion, effort, uniqueness, and creativity. I would love to see a porch that celebrates the essence of the 4th of July and the people who created the porch decorations.
  3. My ideal BBQ plate is a cheeseburger, grilled corn, a watermelon slice, and a nice fresh salad.

Update on 4th of July Events – Fireworks Rescheduled to September 5

After much deliberation and the consideration of safety first, the Village of Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District have canceled most of the traditional Independence Day activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The annual Mile-long Parade, the Bike Parade, and the Police and Fire Department softball game have been canceled. The Rotary Club of Northbrook canceled the Pancake Breakfast and plans to reschedule the Rubber Ducky Race.

Fireworks Display

The fireworks display has been rescheduled for Saturday, September 5 at dusk. Safe Viewing Sites: Techny Prairie Park and Fields, Northbrook Jr. High School & the Ed Rudolph Velodrome

Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk

The Liberty Loop is going virtual this year! To participate, simply walk, jog, or run the distance of 3.1 miles at home, around the neighborhood, in a park, or on your treadmill anytime on July 4. Snap a photo of yourself and your tracker, pedometer, or treadmill console with your finishing time. Images must be uploaded at by 11:59pm on July 4. The event is open to participants ages 6 and older. Cost is $10 per person. Register at Learn more about the Liberty Loop here.

Traditional 4th of July Activities Canceled due to COVID-19

(May 7, 2020 announcement)

After much deliberation and the consideration of safety first, the Village of Northbrook and the Northbrook Park District have made the decision to cancel most of the traditional Independence Day activities, with the exception of the fireworks display, which has been postponed.

The Village and the Park District decided to cancel 4th of July activities including the annual Liberty Loop 5K Run/Walk, the Mile-long Parade, the Bike Parade, and the Police and Fire Department softball game due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Rotary Club of Northbrook canceled the Pancake Breakfast and plans to reschedule the Rubber Ducky Race.

“The 4th of July Parade, Liberty Loop, and other activities are long-held Northbrook traditions and I am saddened we had to make this difficult decision,” said Northbrook Park District Board President Penny Randel. “At the same time, I know it was the right one, as we are protecting the health of participants, spectators, and the community. A great deal of work and planning goes into Northbrook 4th of July festivities and we want to be proactive during this unprecedented time. Even if we can’t be together, we can still celebrate the spirit of Independence Day and the feeling of solidarity that unites us all.”

Village President Frum shared, “While I am disappointed, the safety of our community comes first. This year’s celebration of our country’s Independence Day will be in our hearts and with family as we continue to put the health of everyone as the top priority. I eagerly await future community celebrations, including the fireworks this fall.”