Hyde Park celebrates Independence Day in style with 4th on 53rd Parade
Fox 32 Chicago News
The 4th on 53rd Parade started in 1992, organized by a legendary group of Hyde Parkers. Their vision and initiative to march around Hyde Park has continued for 30 years and has earned the reputation for being “The Parade Where Everyone Marches,” as the whole community is involved.
This family-friendly, neighborhood-centric tradition is much more than a parade now and includes a Free festival and Sunday Summer Concert Series that attract over 5,000 people.
The parade began with traditional bag pipe flair followed by flags, the grand marshal and elected officials including new Mayor of Chicago Brandon Johnson. The parade and celebration was supported by contributions from major contributions including Special Service Area 61 and Xfinity.
The streets were lined with residents and neighbors supporting and watching floats, walkers and riders from local businesses and more than 75 community groups. Everyone loves the sounds of the two marching bands, and the fun of over 100 kids and families “bike brigade” – with, strollers, and wagons to set off down the parade route. It is truly a unique and special experience to see the excitement on peoples’ faces as they make their way around the 1.3-mile route.
After the parade, everyone is invited to participate in FREE activities at Nichols Park. At the music stage, we have a patriotic sing-along followed by two bands. Kids enjoy old fashioned lawn games, two free bounce houses, a petting zoo, and magician. The community stage showcases local youth group music and dance performances, cheering, and martial arts demonstrations.