Evanston contributes $10K to July 4th celebration in 150th anniversary year
Updated: April 1, 2013 7:06AM
The city will step up its support of the July 4th celebration this year, kicking in $10,000 to the organization that runs the event, in line with Evanston’s 150th anniversary celebration.
Aldermen on Monday approved the contribution to the 4th of July Association, a private volunteer group that foots much of the bill for the annual celebration.
This year the group will ratchet up its efforts as Evanston celebrates the 150th anniversary of its incorporation of the city.
City officials earlier set aside funds toward the celebration.
Most people are unaware that the Association picks up the costs for the parade, fireworks, and other activities of the day, noted Alderman Ann Rainey, 8th. The city provides police and fire personnel for the day.
“Ten thousand dollars is a drop in the bucket,’’ she said.
The one-time contribution will be used toward a variety of musical acts, 4th of July Association organizers said.
The group now faces a wide range of costs, she said, running anywhere from $300 to $3,500 for the South Shore Drill Team, “and that’s not even a full squad,” Hillary Bean, the group’s parade director told aldermen Monday night.
In addition to help from the city, the group is receiving assistance from Evanston 150, a group that has set a number of public policy goals in line with the anniversary.
To donate and learn more about the Evanston 4th of July Association’s plans, visit the group’s web page at www.evanston4th.org~.