Pancakes, Parades and Patriotism


Join the fun at the 2016 Northbrook 4th of July celebration, a long-standing tradition that builds memories and brings the community together. The Village of Northbrook and Northbrook Park District are working together to plan a full day of holiday activities and invite you to become involved. Celebrate our nation’s birthday with your friends and neighbors!

Baseball is an American institution, and the 2016 parade will honor 50 years of baseball excellence in Northbrook. Leading the parade will be players from the 1966 baseball team at Glenbrook North High School, who won the state championship—the first for the school.


Join the Parade

The annual parade gives businesses, community groups, neighborhoods and families an opportunity to take part in a treasured community tradition. Parade participants are not required to have floats; they can walk along the route or ride in a car.

Click for a parade application

Click for parade guidelines


Sponsors Wanted

The Park District invites area businesses to participate or become a sponsor—to enhance the entertainment value of the parade. Sponsors can show their community spirit and receive exposure to thousands of spectators. The Park District offers four levels of sponsorship with corresponding benefits that include a foursome for golf at Sportsman’s Country Club (new this year), VIP parking for the fireworks, and an ad in the District’s Autumn Guide.

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Parade Safety
The Village of Northbrook and Northbrook Park District are working together to plan the day’s activities and ask for assistance with parade safety, so that everyone can enjoy the festivities. 

Step Back for Safety!
All spectators are expected to stay on or behind the curb and out of the street.
Candy and giveaways will be handed out only to those on or behind the curb.

Squirt guns can be used only with the following guidelines:
Engage with others who have squirt guns or encourage you to spray them.
Show respect for costly uniforms, instruments, decorations and parade visitors.

The following are prohibited:
Using garden hoses to spray parade participants or spectators
Throwing items (including water balloons) at parade entries

Click here for parade rules.

Special Vehicle Stickers Support the Fourth

Northbrook residents can make a donation ($20 minimum) to support the holiday activities and receive a special vehicle sticker, featuring the July 4th logo. Vehicle sticker forms will be mailed to residents at the end of May.


2015 Sponsors

The Park District thanks the Northbrook residents, businesses and civic organizations that support the holiday celebration.

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