If you have lived in the Lake Forest/Lake Bluff community for any amount of time, you know the excitement that the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade generates. This parade, which attracts almost 25,000 people annually, is a well-loved tradition in our community.
What you may not know
The Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade is solely funded each year by sponsorship, book advertisements, and private donations.
These three arms of fundraising generate 100% of the parade funds, which are then used to pay parade entrants (marching bands and entertainment units), for parade day equipment (sound, stage, and live internet streaming), and marketing efforts.
Have time to donate? The parade committee is run strictly by volunteers. Become a volunteer below!
Would you or your family like to support the celebration?
In order to help cover the costs of throwing a 100+ float parade, the committee solicits local merchants and businesses to place ads in our annual parade book. This book, a collection of local stories, parade day information and advertisements, is delivered to every residence in Lake Bluff and Knollwood and is posted on our website.
Your dollars really do make a difference, by allowing us to bring in amazing marching bands, great entertainment units and cover other miscellaneous parade day expenses.
The book consists of four-color full page, half page and quarter page ads. Examples of past parade books can be found in the History section of our website.
Ads are accepted in jpg, tiff and eps formats. After purchasing an ad, email your artwork to firstname.lastname@example.org
This year, the book ad deadline is April 29, 2021.
Please feel free to contact us if you have any additional questions about book ads at email@example.com or 847-721-3141.
Want to advertise but prefer to submit it by mail, click here to view or download the Lake Bluff 4th of July Advertise/Donate Form.
Feel like your company could help us in a larger capacity? See below for sponsor opportunities.
Sponsoring the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade is a unique marketing opportunity that merchants and businesses will not regret. Our sponsors receive many months of quality advertising and promotion both prior to and during the parade.
If you sponsor the parade, you will be:
Sponsorship packages begin at $750. For more information, contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: Josh Fox at 847-902-9029 or Tad Natwick at 312-446-3434.
Thank you for sponsoring the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade!
The Lake Bluff 4th of July Committee is the non-profit organization that hosts more than 25,000 people annually for the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade. The all-volunteer committee begins the parade planning, organizing and fundraising process each September. The planning and running of the parade is no small feat and there is always a need for more volunteers.
Are you interested in being more involved with the Lake Bluff 4th of July Parade? Here’s how you can help:
- Participate in the monthly meetings throughout the year (July and August are usually excluded).
- Help make decisions about the parade.
- Lend expertise in areas of knowledge or interest.
Committee officer roles include president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Committee board roles include logistics, sponsorship, fundraising and book production, communications and social media, information technology, parade content and VIP management.
- Involved with running the parade on the 4th of July.
- Responsibilities can include parade unit check-in, helping manage VIPs at the parade stage, directing parade units to their line-up position and general parade-day logistics.
In the past, church, civic and service organization groups have volunteered together on parade day, which makes the day even more fun!
Join the Parade
Would you like to support us by being in the parade? Join us!