June 30, 2020

Wilmette Park District

Independence Day Weekend

The Wilmette Park District made the decision to cancel our traditional Fireworks and July 3rd festivities for the 2020 Independence Day weekend. While we all feel the disappointment of this necessary measure, we understand the importance of continuing social distancing and keeping group gatherings to a minimum in order to slow the spread of COVID-19 and prevent a second wave of the virus in our community.

It is with this goal in mind, that we ask the Wilmette community to celebrate the holiday weekend in a responsible manner. When social distancing cannot be maintained wear face masks if celebrating with members outside your own household, wash your hands often and avoid large group gatherings. We encourage you to enjoy this important and patriotic occasion while contributing to our community’s safety and health.

In addition to the above, we ask that you take a moment to review the Wilmette Park District’s rules and procedures for Gillson Beach & Park regarding Independence Day weekend.

  • Gillson Beach parking lot is reserved for season beach parking decals only, no daily parking, unauthorized vehicles will be ticketed

  • Gillson Beach operating hours for July 3 and July 4 will be extended until 10:30 p.m., Gillson Beach access will be limited to season pass holders only

  • Water will be closed at 8 p.m.

  • NO ALCOHOL PERMITTED on the beach or in the park

  • NO FIREWORKS on the beach or in the park

  • The following are NOT PERMITTED at Gillson Swimming Beach:

    • Glass bottles

    • Portable grills

    • Dogs

    • Tents, canopies, or E-Z Ups

    • Large tables

    • Food

To better monitor the adherence of the beach and park rules and procedures, there will be increased presence of both Wilmette Police Department officers and Wilmette Park District staff over the holiday weekend.

We will continuously evaluate the situation and inform the community of any decisions made. We recognize the seriousness of the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in our community. We urge all residents to follow the Center for Disease Control’s tips by staying home if sick; avoiding close contact with people who are sick; covering coughs and sneezes; avoiding touching eyes, nose and mouth; and washing hands with soap and water. For more information and recommendations, go to:

  • Cook County Department of Public Health

  • Illinois Department of Public Health

  • Center for Disease Control

  • World Health Organization

To stay informed with the latest updates and news, check our website or our Facebook page.


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