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Sophia Veronnes, a Highland Park High School sophomore, performs the National Anthem at the commencement of the parade. (Photos by Claire Esker/22nd Century Media)
Wearing American star sunglasses, a young girl rides her bike through the Children and Pet Parade.
The Highland Park Fire Department’s newly restored Fire Truck No. 3, built in 1929, rolls down Central Ave.
Highland Park Mayor Nancy Rotering gives thumbs up to the crowd as she passes the reviewing stand.
The City Council of Highland Park walks in the parade.
The Maxwell Street Klezmer Band plays from atop a float as they pass the reviewing stand.
Claire Esker, Freelance Photographer
12:07 pm CDT July 6, 2018

Highland Park and Highwood residents celebrated Independence Day through a multitude of activities on July 4.

The day began with the Children and Pet Parade at 9:30 a.m., which was immediately followed by the main parade. The theme of the parade was “Your Vote Counts,” in honor of the League of Women Voters of Highland Park/Highwood’s 90th anniversary.

After the parades, attendees gathered in Sunset Woods Park for Fourth Fest, which featured rides, a petting zoo and a performance from Rod Tuffcurls & the Benchpress.