2015 Elgin Fourth of July Parade ~ American Pastimes ~


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.

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:


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


  • 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.


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.


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.




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

DNA is looking for enthusiastic volunteers! It’s true!

The Downtown Neivolunteerghborhood Association is currently looking for volunteers for our Promotions Committee.  If you love the downtown Elgin area and want to work on events such as the Fourth of July Parade, Window Wonderland, Pub Crawls, Cruise Nights and the DNA Gala, let us know!  We’d like you to be on the team that creates these successful promotional events that drives individuals to Elgin’s central business district.  With the support and generosity of volunteers, the Downtown Neighborhood Association organizes some of the most popular events in Elgin.  In addition, the DNA partners with other organizations and committees to promote events such as Nightmare on Chicago Street, Next Wave Art Salon and Home for the Holidays.  With your input and assistance, we can build an even greater downtown Elgin.  If you are interested, please send an email to info@downtownelgin.com.  Thank you for your consideration of being a part of the DNA team!


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
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

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.