Monday, July 9, 2012
Parade guests in Glenview, Northbrook show off their reds, whites, and blues.
This Fourth of July was one of the hottest on record and parade guests in Glenview and Northbrook struggled to keep cool while still managing to display their patriotic pride. Guests had fun coordinating their outfits and finding whimsical ways to incorporate the colors into their attire. Above, have a look at some of Indepedence Day fashions we found. Have your own 4th Fashions you'd like to share? Add them to our gallery by clicking the green 'add a photo' button.
Wednesday, July 4, 2012
Volunteer lakefront and fireworks director Dave Sniader, who has helped coordinate the city’s pyrotechnics since the ’80s, explains what makes a good fireworks song and how he sets the sound system up.
If you’re going to set off fireworks to music—as Evanston has for more than 30 years—you’ll need a song list with just the right ingredients. Good “fireworks shooting music” must be popular, have some patriotic element, a varying score and “a terrific beat,” according to Dave Sniader, volunteer lakefront and fireworks director for the Evanston 4th of July Association. Though he's a Winnetka resident, Sniader has helped coordinate the music for Evanston's fireworks display for the past three decades. The 18 songs in this year’s set will offer a little something for everybody, he says, from old favorites like the 1812 Overture to pop songs from 2012. Many of the selections will commemorate anniversaries—like the 50th anniversary of …
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Evanston's annual fireworks display will be set off from Clark Street Beach in 2012.
Fireworks in Evanston this year will be launched from Clark Street Beach beginning at 9:15 p.m. and will be visible up and down the lakefront, according to Evanston Fourth of July Assocation. The evening fireworks are a cap to a day's worth of activities put on by the association. From 9 to 11 a.m., residents can join in playground games like piea-eating and three-legged races at Lincolnwood School, Willard School, the Robert Crown Center, Kamen West Park, the Fleetwood-Jourdain Center and Baker Park. Evanston's parade kicks off at 2 p.m. from Central Street and Central Park Avenue, and will head east toward Ryan Field. Parade regulars include the South Shore Drill Team, the Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, the Jessie White Tumblers and …
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
The host of “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” will be filming for a documentary during Evanston’s July Fourth celebration.
Gunning down the streets of Evanston on his “We the People” Road King motorcycle, NPR’s Peter Sagal will join the city’s Fourth of July festivities this year. The host of the radio station’s news quiz “Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me” will be in town shooting footage for a PBS documentary on the Constitution, set to debut in spring 2013, according to Fourth of July Association President Joan Ducayet. “Peter his film crew will take part in our pie-eating contest and the Lincolnwood playground games, talk to Evanstonians about their feelings about the Constitution, and take a ride in the parade on his motorcycle,” Ducayet said. The PBS film crew will be recording Sagal’s appearance, along with stock footage of various events in town. “So when …