Bring out your star-spangled spirit this July 3!

The Wilmette Park District is hosting our annual Independence Day Celebration at Gillson Park.

Yankee Doodle Dash 5K

Sunday, July 3

  • Race Start: 8 A.M.
  • Race Fee: $35
  • Location: Gillson Park & the streets of WIlmette
Run or walk our 3.1-mile course through the streets of Wilmette. Earn your participant medal at the finish line, enjoy a complimentary adult beverage (age 21+) or purchase a snack from our food truck. Kick off your Independence Day Celebration at the DANDIEST 5K in town!


Special Appreciation

We'd like to thank our Stars & Stripes Sponsor, de Giulio Kitchen Design for sponsoring our dashing event shirts this year!


Fun & Fireworks

Sunday, July 3

FREE Family Event
Location: Gillson Park

Enjoy an evening packed with Independence Day Celebration at Gillson Park! We'll have food vendors, live music, performers and a fireworks show to kick off your 4th a day early.

Event Schedule:

  • 4 P.M. - Festivities begin
  • 5 P.M. - Music Performance: Blooze Brothers
  • 7 P.M. - Jesse White Tumblers (between concerts)
  • 7:30 P.M. - Music Performance: Good Clean Fun
  • 9:30 P.M. - Fireworks

*There is limited parking available at Gillson Beach parking lot - please plan ahead to carpool or ride-share. Additional information for parking and vehicular traffic the evening of July 3 will be released in July.

Check back soon for more details as we get closer to the event!