2015 Elgin Fourth of July Parade ~ American Pastimes ~

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The 2015 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Steps off Saturday, July 4 at 9AM at  the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, then  proceeds south on Douglas thru the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

This year’s theme is “American Pastimes”.  Please join the City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association in celebrating those who have served our country and community.

Participants:
For all those participating in the City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade, complete the 2015 Parade Participant Application and the 2015 Parade Waiver.  We also encourage you to decorate your parade entries in this year’s theme of American Pastimes.

All participants, please read and familiarize yourself of the 2015 Parade Application Guidelines.

 

Sponsorship Opportunities:
The DNA offers businesses, organizations and individuals to take advantage of 2014 Fourth of July Parade Sponsorship.

The Fourth of July Parade is a time-honored tradition in downtown Elgin that enjoys extensive media coverage and more than 15,000 spectators annually, who range in age from young to young-at-heart.

Some benefits include:  Ad space in the DNA’s Top 10 e-news for the month of June, logo and link on DNA website, sponsor representative interviewed on local Channel 17.

Become a City of Elgin 2015 Fourth of July Sponsor today!

 

The DNA is busy planning the 2014 parade, but here are some highlights from 2013:

2013 PARADE ENTRIES:

Over 105 confirmed parade units, more than 100 vehicles and 25 floats, and over 2,000 walkers participating, crowd of 10,000-15,000 parade enthusiasts took advantage of the warm weather to take in Elgin’s annual summertime rite of passage!

Click here to download the 2013 Parade Packet, which includes a complete list of 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital parade participants (with individual staging block listed in parenthesis) as well as the 2013 parade staging map with parade route, shuttle bus drop off points, listing of parking areas and restrooms, and disbandment routes.  Also included is the Parade Waiver which needs to be completed for all those participating in the City of Elgin’s 4th of July Parade.

MARCHING THRU TIME:

2013’s theme for the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a timeline-based, community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

The following 2013 Elgin 4th parade entries participated in the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” parade unit decorating contest:

The Golden Era (Pre 1900′s-WWII)

American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – Pre-1900′s
Gail Borden Public Library – Pre-1900′s
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – Pre-1900′s
Elgin History Museum – Pre-1900′s
Elgin Police/Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – Pre-1900′s
ABODE – 1900-1920′s
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club International, Inc. – 1900-1920′s
Elgin Lions Club – 1930-1940′s
Redmon’s Towing – 1930-1940′s
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl (BFH) – 1930-1940′s

Back to the Future (1950′s-The Future)

West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – 1950-1960′s
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – 1970-1980′s
Raging Waves Waterpark – 1970-1980′s
Rescue Warriors Corp – 1970-1980′s
Elgin Youth Football League – 1970-1980′s
PLS Loan Store – 1970-1980′s
Spring Hill Gymnastics – 1990-Present
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – 1990-Present
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 1990-Present
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – 1990-Present
First Congregational Church of Elgin – The Future
MEGA (Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy) – The Future
Elgin Parent Co-op School – The Future
Dance It Off with Kim – The Future

The parade’s distinguished judging panel, consisting of Elgin’s ghostly historic forefathers from the Elgin Area Historical Society’s annual Cemetery Walk, will name a first, second and third place winner in each of the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” judging categories.

PARADE GRAND MARSHALS

2013 marks the 125th anniversary of the founding of Advocate Sherman Hospital in Elgin. Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club, the organization that was instrumental in bringing Sherman Hospital to the Elgin community, will serve as this year’s parade Grand Marshals.

Founded by more than 30 women in June of 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s very first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman, and part-owner of the Elgin National Watch Factory, learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

PARADE ENTERTAINMENT & SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:

2013’s City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital offered its usual diverse and high energy cast of premiere performers, highlighted by The Jesse White Tumblers; Medinah Motor Corps, Green Thunder Percussion, The Drumline, Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl; Pro Dance Elite; Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble; Elgin, Larkin and South Elgin High School Marching Bands; Kane County Mounted Rangers and more!

Before the Elgin 4th parade steped off, dozens of pretty and patriotic pooches put their best paws forward in the third annual Kountry Pet Resort Pooch Parade, which began at 8:30am at Ann Street and Douglas Avenue.

Just before the National Anthem, to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Elgin City Councilman John Steffen delivered a reenactment reading of this legendary speech to the crowd assembled at the front of the parade route at Slade & Douglas Avenues in the role of President Abraham Lincoln.

This year’s National Anthem was performed by Jeorge Holmes at the front of the parade route at Slade & Douglas Avenues, and by a quartet of Elgin OPERA singers near the end of the parade route at Symphony and Douglas Avenues.

Members of the Elgin Sister City delegation from Cauquenes, Chile also walked with representatives from the City of Elgin’s entry into the parade.

2014 PARADE ROUTE & STREET CLOSURES:

The Elgin 4th Parade route begins at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, proceeds south on Douglas thru the NorthEast Neighborhood Association, into the heart of downtown Elgin, and ends at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The following streets in downtown will be closed to vehicle traffic from approximately 8:30 AM to 11:30 AM, and vehicles parked along these streets after 6 AM will be towed:
  • Kimball St. from Dundee Ave. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to E. Chicago St.
  • Highland Ave. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Symphony from Douglas Ave. to Spring St.

The following streets in the adjacent NENA neighborhood will be closed for staging and for the parade route from 6AM to Noon. No parked cars will be allowed on these streets during this time. Driveway access will be limited beginning at 6AM.

CARS PARKED ON THESE STREETS ON JULY 4 AFTER 6AM WILL BE TOWED:

  • N. Grove Ave. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.
  • Brook St. from Kimball St. to River Bluff Rd.
  • River Bluff Rd. from Spring St. to N. Grove Ave.
  • Douglas Ave. from River Bluff Rd. to Chicago St.

Parking will be allowed on the east-west streets between Spring St. and N. Grove Ave. though access will be very limited from 9-11AM while the parade is in progress.

MEDIA:

Jeff Myers and Councilman John Prigge will provide play-by-play of the entire City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital from their broadcast position in front of the Elgin Police Department. The Elgin 4th Parade will be rebroadcast throughout the month of July on Channel 17. Kyle Bault will serve as on-site parade announcer over the loudspeakers for parade goers gathered around the performing area near the end of the parade route.

PARADE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:

There is still plenty of time to sign up to serve as a volunteer for the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital. Volunteer opportunities include Block Captains, Parade Route Ambassadors and Set-Up and Take-Down Crews. Shifts are from 6:30-11:30AM. All volunteers will receive a parade t-shirt and free breakfast at the volunteer orientation beginning at 6AM. For more information about parade volunteer opportunities, contact the Downtown Neighborhood Association at 847-488-1456 or e-mail info@downtownelgin.com.

POST PARADE FESTIVITIES:

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SPONSORS:

The City of Elgin, Downtown Neighborhood Association, and the Fourth of July Parade Committee wish to thank the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor – Advocate Sherman Hospital

Red Level Sponsor – Alexian Brothers Health System

White Level Sponsors – BMO Harris Bank, Chase, John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Blue Level Sponsors – Armida & Joe Dominguez, Danny’s Pizza on Douglas, Davey Tree Experts, Elgin Academy, Elgin Community College, Judson University, Lamp, Inc., PLS Loan Store, Spring Hill Gymnastics, Redmon’s Towing, Waste Management

Community Level – Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy

Media Sponsors – Daily Herald, WRMN Radio AM-1410

Elgin 4th of July Parade Participants

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe following is a complete list of 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital parade participants (with individual staging blocks listed in parenthesis) and sponsoring organizations. Click to Download Parade Staging Packet including route map and staging instructions.

2013 Elgin 4th Parade Participants

A-1 Repair – GROVE E
ABODE – BROOK B
Advocate Sherman Hospital – Presenting Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Alexian Brothers Health System – Sponsor
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Chi Alpha Omega – GROVE E
American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – BROOK A
American Legion Elgin Post 57 – DOUGLAS
American Taxi Dispatch – GROVE D
Armida and Joe Dominguez – Sponsor
Artie’s Towing – GROVE C
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl – BROOK A
Bear Family McDonalds – DOUGLAS
Ben’s Global Recycling Inc. – GROVE E
Bethlehem Lutheran Church – GROVE D
BMO Harris Bank – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
CasaBlanca Realtors – COOK
Chase – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Chicago Metropolitan Brass Ensemble – GROVE B
Citizens to Elect Kevin Williams Kane County Sheriff – GROVE E
City of Elgin – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Congregation Kneseth Israel – GROVE B
Dance It Off with Kim – BROOK C
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Davey Tree Experts – Sponsor
Don Kramer for Kane County Sheriff – BROOK E
Downtown Neighborhood Association – Sponsor
Dundee Masonic Lodge #190 – GROVE E
Eastern Groove Studio – GROVE C
Elgin Academy – Sponsor
Elgin Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – DOUGLAS
Elgin Community College – Sponsor
Elgin Continental Little League – BROOK C
Elgin Elks Lodge #737 and Ladies of the Elks of Elgin – GROVE A
Elgin High School Band – GROVE A
Elgin History Museum – BROOK A
Elgin International Festival – GROVE C
Elgin Knights of Columbus – GROVE A
Elgin Lions Club – BROOK A
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – BROOK B
Elgin Parent Co-op School – BROOK C
Elgin Parks and Rec Soccer Team Spain – GROVE B
Elgin River Rats High School RFC – GROVE A
Elgin Sharks Track Club – GROVE C
Elgin Summer Theatre/City of Elgin – BROOK D
Elgin Theatre Company – GROVE C
Elgin Township Democrats – GROVE A
Elgin Township Republicans – GROVE B
Elgin Youth Football League – BROOK B
Epworth Church/Christ the Lord Lutheran Church – GROVE C
Extreme Remodeling – GROVE E
First Congregational Church of Elgin – BROOK C
First Presbyterian Church of Elgin – GROVE C
First United Methodist Church – BROOK D
Food For Greater Elgin – GROVE E
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club Int’l – COOK
Fox Valley Citizens for Peace & Justice – GROVE D
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – BROOK A
Gail Borden Public Library – BROOK A
Gifford Park Association – GROVE E
Golden “K” Kiwanis Club of Elgin – BROOK C
Greater Elgin Family Care Center – GROVE C
Green Thunder Percussion – BROOK D
Hanover Township – COOK
Integrity School of Dance – GROVE E
J B Harris Construction, Inc. – BROOK E
Jesse White Tumblers – BROOK A
John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc. – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
JQ Designs – BROOK A
Judson University – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Kane County Clerk Jack Cunningham – COOK
Kane County Mounted Rangers – COOK
Kane County Sheriff’s Office – GROVE B
Kickers United FC – GROVE D
Kim’s Black Belt Academy – BROOK E
Knights of Columbus & El Cardunal Assembly – GROVE A
Kountry Pet Resort & Training Center – PRE-PARADE
Lamp Incorporated – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Larkin High School Band – GROVE D
Laura Buhmann Ms. Illinois Universal Dream 2013 – GROVE A
League of Women Voters – GROVE E
Leopoldo Ochoa – COOK
Medinah Clowns – BROOK B
Medinah Motor Corps – BROOK C
Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy – Sponsor – BROOK A
New Generation Drill Team – BROOK D
Next Level BMX Team – BROOK D
People That Make Patriotic Floats – BROOK D
PLS Loan Store – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Pro Dance Elite – BROOK E
Raging Waves Waterpark – BROOK C
Redmon’s Towing – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Rescue Warriors Corp – BROOK C
Safari Childcare – GROVE E
Second Baptist Church Military Veterans Ministry – GROVE D
Shabbona District Three Fires Council Boy Scouts of America – GROVE E
Shared Harvest – Elgin Food Cooperative – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
Shriners Big Wheels – BROOK E
Side Street Studio Arts – GROVE E
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – DOUGLAS
Spates Temple Church – GROVE E
Spring Hill Gymnastics – Sponsor – DOUGLAS
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – BROOK B
St. Paul’s United Church of Christ – GROVE E
The Larkin Center – BROOK D
The Pet Squad/F.Y.D.O.Land – BROOK B
VNA Health Care – GROVE A
Walgreens – BROOK E
Waste Management – Sponsor
Watch City Lodge #131 and Fox Valley Chapter #137 – GROVE A
Watch City Veterans of Foreign Wars Post #1307 – DOUGLAS
West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – BROOK B
Westminster Christian School – GROVE C
Zion Lutheran Church – GROVE B

Youth Volunteerism Alive & Well in Downtown Elgin

DSC_0030What can today’s youth accomplish thru volunteerism if they put their minds to it?

That question was answered as 42 high school seniors and youth leaders from Minneapolis-based Students Today Leaders Forever brought their volunteer bus tour to downtown Elgin on a rainy Friday afternoon.

Among the projects the students tackled included folding, addressing, stuffing and stamping over 750 letters to local residents for the City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital; delivering over 200 posters and memos to downtown businesses, preparing over 250 Downtown Elgin gift certificates; and folding 300 brochures for the Downtown Elgin Harvest Market. They also consumed 5 large Danny’s Pizzas as a token of DNA’s appreciation for their volunteer efforts..

After posing for a group photo outside the Elgin Tower Building and before departing for their next volunteer project in Schaumburg, the student leaders lead the entire group of students an impromptu “Yeah Buddy” cheer for DNA staff and the businesses of Downtown Elgin.

Thank you to YWCA Elgin Events Coordinator and DNA Board Member Deirdre White for coordinating the students’ visit. For more information about Students Today Leaders Forever, visit www.stlf.net.

Elgin Woman’s Club Named Grand Marshals of Elgin 4th Parade

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe City of Elgin and the Downtown Neighborhood Association, in conjunction with presenting sponsor Advocate Sherman Hospital, announced today that the Elgin Woman’s Club will serve as Grand Marshals of the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade.

Representatives from the Elgin Woman’s Club will ride in a vintage convertible to kick off this year’s parade on Thursday, July 4 at 9AM, beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of this year’s Elgin 4th Parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a timeline-based, community celebration of the individuals and organizations who have contributed to Elgin’s rich history as well as an acknowledgement of the landmark anniversaries several area businesses and groups are celebrating.

This year marks the 125th anniversary of Advocate Sherman Hospital’s founding, of which the Elgin Woman’s Club was instrumental in orchestrating.

Founded by more than 30 women in June of 1887, the Elgin Woman’s Club’s very first project was to establish and run a hospital in the booming and prosperous town of Elgin. Henry Sherman, farmer, Elgin businessman, and part-owner of The Elgin National Watch Factory, learned of the club’s plan and agreed to donate a two-story house to serve as the hospital’s site. Thanks to the efforts of the Elgin Woman’s Club, Sherman Hospital opened its doors on July 7, 1888 and the two organizations have been community partners ever since.

For more information about the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital, please contact DNA Managing Director Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail jpawlowski@downtownelgin.com.

Marching Thru Time at Elgin’s 4th Parade

MarchingThruTime_Logo_AdvocateThe theme of the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Advocate Sherman Hospital is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” and this year all parade entries were invited to dress up their parade units in historic time period appropriate décor for the Elgin 4th Parade panel of judges to score alongside all 2013 parade floats.

The following is a list of 2013 Elgin 4th parade entries who will be “Marching Thru Time” with us starting at 9am on Thursday, July 4, as well as the time period their parade unit will be representing:

The Golden Era (Pre 1900’s-WWII)

American Indian Center/Trickster Gallery – Pre-1900’s
Gail Borden Public Library – Pre-1900’s
Fox Valley Libertarian Party – Pre-1900’s
Elgin History Museum – Pre-1900’s
Elgin Police/Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association (CPAAA) – Pre-1900’s
ABODE – 1900-1920’s
Fox Valley Chapter of the Model T Ford Club International, Inc. – 1900-1920’s
Elgin Lions Club – 1930-1940’s
Redmon’s Towing – 1930-1940’s
Ballet Folklorico Huehuecoyotl (BFH) – 1930-1940’s

Back to the Future (1950’s-The Future)

West Suburban Shrine Club Roaring ’57s – 1950-1960’s
St. John’s Lutheran School and Church – 1970-1980’s
Raging Waves Waterpark – 1970-1980’s
Rescue Warriors Corp – 1970-1980’s
Elgin Youth Football League – 1970-1980’s
PLS Loan Store – 1970-1980’s
Spring Hill Gymnastics – 1990-Present
Elgin Medi-Transport, Inc. – 1990-Present
Danny’s Pizza on Douglas – 1990-Present
South Elgin High School Band & Dance Team – 1990-Present
First Congregational Church of Elgin – The Future
MEGA (Midwest Elite Gymnastics Academy) – The Future
Elgin Parent Co-op School – The Future
Dance It Off with Kim – The Future

First, second and third place winners will be named from each of the “Elgin Marching Thru Time” judging categories. Winning entries will receive award plaques plus recognition at an upcoming Elgin City Council meeting.

There is still time for your 2013 Elgin 4th of July Parade unit to participate in the “Marching Thru Time” judging contest. Contact the DNA at 847-488-1456 or e-mail downtownelgin@gmail.com to sign-up now.

Elgin 4th Parade Application Deadline Extended

MarchingThruTime_LogoOn Thursday, July 4, Elgin parade goers will be Marching Thru Time. Now we’ve turned back time on the deadline to participate in the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health as the parade application deadline has been extended!

Interested Elgin 4th parade participants and sponsors now have until Monday, June 3 at 5 pm to submit completed parade applications at www.DowntownElgin.com.

Parade Staging and Check-In information will be e-mailed to all registered parade applicants on Tuesday, June 4.

The 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health steps off Thursday, July 4 at 9 am beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, proceeds south on Douglas thru the NENA (NorthEast Neighborhood Association) neighborhood, into the heart of downtown Elgin and finishes at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of the 2013 parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a celebration of Elgin’s history from its founding over 175 years ago to its bright and bold future. This year, all parade entries – not just floats – will be encouraged to decorate their units or dress in period specific attire. Parade judges will select a winner from each of the following time periods: “Pre to 1900s”; “1900 to 1920s”; “1930 to 1940s”; “1950 to 1960s”; “1970 to 1980s”; “1990 to Present”; or “The Future”.

Parade judges will also determine the best decorated floats in the Business, Children’s and Open categories and the public will select a “People’s Choice Winner” from all of the parade participants in online voting the weekend following the 4th of July Parade.

Questions about the Elgin 4th of July Parade can be directed to the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin at 847-488-1456 or by e-mail at downtownelgin@gmail.com.

Parade Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities are also still available thru Monday, June 3. Contact Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail jpawlowski@downtownelgin.com for additional information.

The DNA thanks the following generous Elgin 4th of July Parade sponsors (to date) for their support of one of the suburbs’ most well-attended parades:

City of Elgin

Sherman Health

Alexian Brothers Health System

Armida and Joe Dominguez

BMO Harris Bank

Elgin Community College

John B. Sanfilippo & Son, Inc.

Lamp Incorporated

Midwest Elite Gymnastics

PLS Loan Store

Redmon’s Towing

Spring Hill Gymnastics

Honoring Our Volunteers: 4th of July Parade Committee

Volunteer_HeartIn honor of National Volunteer Week, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) of Elgin would like to recognize our volunteers who have been at the very heart of DNA’s downtown revitalization efforts for more than 15 years.

Today we are recognizing the members of our Elgin 4th of July Parade Committee.

Each year the Downtown Neighborhood Association coordinates the City of Elgin’s annual 4th of July Parade. Under the direction of Managing Director Jason Pawlowski, the 4th of July Parade Committee consists of local volunteers who help organize various facets of the parade including recruiting parade entertainment, sponsorship, volunteer & parade participant recruitment, marketing, parade staging, set-up & take-down and more! Last year over 450 volunteer hours were spent organizing the Elgin 4th of July Parade.

4TH OF JULY PARADE COMMITTEE MEMBERS:

Jeff Allison – Chair
Lori Gardner
Mike Giugliano
Barb Keselica
Rich Pollack
April Richert
Suzan Shipyor
Deirdre White

This year’s City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health steps off on Thursday, July 4 at 9am at the intersection of Slade & Douglas Avenues and ends at Highland & Douglas Avenues. The Elgin 4th parade draws better than 10,000 people annually to the streets of downtown Elgin. The theme of this year’s parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time”. Parade Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities are also available.

The 4th of July Parade Committee is currently seeking volunteers to serve as block captains, route ambassadors, bike ambassadors and set-up and take down crews on the day of the parade. Shifts are from 6am-12pm. All parade volunteers receive a parade t-shirt and will enjoy a volunteer breakfast the morning of the parade. To volunteer for this year’s 4th of July Parade, call 847-488-1456 or e-mail downtownelgin@gmail.com.

On behalf of the DNA Board and Staff we thank all of our volunteers for your dedicated service.

In downtown Elgin, volunteers are in our hearts and in our DNA. We ♥ Downtown Elgin.

Sherman Health Elgin July 4th Parade Presenting Sponsor

Parade_LogoThe Downtown Neighborhood Association is excited to welcome back our partners from Sherman Health as the Presenting Sponsor of the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade.

The parade steps off Thursday, July 4 at 9am at Slade and Douglas Avenues and ends at Highland and Douglas Avenues. The theme of this year’s Elgin 4th of July Parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a celebration of the City of Elgin through the years from it’s founding to it’s bright, bold future.

Online Parade Applications for the 2013 City of Elgin 4th of July Parade – Presented by Sherman Health are now available. Application deadline is Friday, May 24.

Parade Sponsorship and Marketing Opportunities are also available. Contact Jason Pawlowski at 847-488-1456 or e-mail jpawlowski@downtownelgin.com for more details about parade sponsorships.

Elgin 4th of July Parade Applications Now Available

Parade_LogoApplications for the City of Elgin’s 2013 4th of July Parade are now available online. Deadline to submit completed parade applications in Friday, May 24.

Join Now!

The City of Elgin’s 2013 4th of July Parade steps off Thursday, July 4 at 9am beginning at the intersection of Slade and Douglas Avenues, proceeds south on Douglas thru the NENA (NorthEast Neighborhood Association) neighborhood, into the heart of downtown Elgin and finishes at the intersection of Highland and Douglas Avenues.

The theme of this year’s parade is “Elgin Marching Thru Time” – a celebration of Elgin’s history from its founding over 175 years ago to its bright and bold future. This year, all parade entries – not just floats – will be encouraged to decorate their units or dress in period specific attire. Parade judges will select a winner from each of the following time periods:

– Pre-1900’s
– 1900-1920’s
– 1930-1940’s
– 1950-1960’s
– 1970-1980’s
– 1990-Present
– The Future

Judges will also determine the best decorated floats in the Business, Children’s and Open categories and the public will also select a “People’s Choice Winner” from all of the parade participants in online voting the weekend after the 4th of July Parade.

Stay tuned to DowntownElgin.com for the latest updates on the City of Elgin’s 2013 4th of July Parade.

Parade Sponsorship Opportunities are also available.