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The Evanston 4th of July committee is still deciding how to proceed after the cancellation

A volunteer and community-funded group that organizes Evanston’s 4th of July celebration will meet next week to discuss rescheduling the Palatine Community Band concert and evening fireworks display that were canceled in the wake of Monday’s shooting in Highland Park.

By Debbie-Marie Brown
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A volunteer and community-funded group that organizes Evanston’s 4th of July celebration will meet next week to discuss rescheduling the Palatine Community Band concert and evening fireworks display that were canceled in the wake of Monday’s shooting in Highland Park.

“The parade can’t be rescheduled,” said Jamie Black, who serves as the group’s celebration manager. “But we still want to do our fireworks show and have a concert in the evening. A great evening down by the lake for everyone, one more possibility. But we have to talk about it.”

Review stand at Ackerman Park on Central Street at McDaniel Avenue. Credit: Richard Cahan

Black says the committee can’t say for sure when the event might take place or what the details will look like. First, they have to work with the city of Evanston to plan it.

Before committee members learned the march had been canceled, Black told the roundtable they were reeling from the mass shooting that left 7 dead and dozens injured and hospitalized.

The committee began receiving calls from the police informing them that they would be meeting to decide how to proceed; Officials told the committee to be on alert.

“Finally, we got a call that the parade and fireworks were canceled,” Block said. “Everybody was disappointed, terribly disappointed because it was a day you know. Everything was already in motion. “

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