Note: Monday at 6:30 p.m., NBC Chicago will air “Highland Park: Overcoming Tragedy,” a half-hour special that looks back on the tragic events of last year’s parade shooting while focusing on the resilience of the community.
4th of July events will look very different in Highland Park this year as the community marks one year since a gunman unleashed a hail of bullets during the town’s 4th of July parade, killing seven and injuring dozens others.
While a parade will not take place this Independence Day, several events are planned to remember those who lost their lives, while helping those who continue to heal from the traumatic events of the past year. The day will begin with a remembrance ceremony at 10 a.m. outside City Hall, featuring music from the Highland Park Strings as well as remarks from interfaith clergy and Mayor Nancy Rotering.
As part of the ceremony, a minute’s silence will be held at 10:14 a.m., marking the exact minute gunshots rang out a year earlier. After the program is over, those in attendance will move on to the Community Walk, which is expected to descend down Laurel and St. Johns Avenues at approximately 10:45 a.m. Later that evening, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will perform for the honoring the victims of the shootings – before the last event of the night – a drone show.
The day’s events, organizers say, will be flexible and structured to allow community members “the opportunity to participate in a way that is most comfortable and meaningful to them.”
Anyone looking for support services during the events will be able to meet with crisis workers, who will be available during the remembrance ceremony as well as during the community walk.
The full schedule of events for Tuesday is below:
- 10:00 a.m. – Ceremony of Remembrance – Town Hall
- 11 a.m. – Community walk
- 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Independence Day Community Picnic – Sunset Woods Park
- 7:30 p.m. – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band Concert (Doors open 5:30 p.m.) – Wolters Field
- 9:30pm – We Are Highland Park Drone Show – Wolters Field
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