Website under construction - please pardon our dust as we make some updates!


Website under construction - please pardon our dust as we make some updates!



Independence Day Celebration

2023 Yankee Doodle Dash 5K

Start the Independence Day Celebration with our annual tradition, and dash the streets of Wilmette in our dandy 5K!

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, July 3
  • Race Start: 8 am
  • Start/Finish: Gillson Park
  • Fee: $35 per runner

Runners will receive a fabulous event shirt and a participant medal to show off to all your friends. Participants age 21 & up will also enjoy a complimentary beer at the finish line.

Special Appreciation

  • We’d like to thank our Stars & Stripes Sponsor, de Giulio Kitchen Design for sponsoring our dashing event shirts!
  • Special thanks to our Spangled Sponsor, State Farm Agent Nathan Sulack for sponsoring our dandy participant & winner medals!
  • Shoutout to our Dandy Beverage Partners Double Clutch Brewing Co., Fortnight Brewing Co. & Ravinia Brewing Co. for providing complimentary beer at the finish line! Make sure to grab your drink tickets at the ID check table before or after the race.
YDD Partner Thank You Image 2023


Star Spangled Splash!

Event Details: 

  • Date: July 3
  • Time: 11:30 am-2 pm
  • Location: Centennial Park
  • Fee: FREE family activities in the park
    • Pool Fee: FREE for residents / daily fee applies for non-residents

Event Schedule:

  • Carnival Games
  • Face Painting
  • Bounce House
  • Confetti “Fireworks Show”

Centennial Pools are open 11 am-4 pm on July 3. Residents receive FREE pool access for the day. Daily fee applies for non-residents.

Fun & Fireworks

Event Details:

  • Date: Monday, July 3
  • Time: 5-10 pm
  • Location: Gillson Park
  • Fee: FREE Family Event

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 map, schedule & transportation information coming soon.

 Save This Page as a PDF