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Surrounding Suburbs Cancel 4th of July Events in Wake of Highland Park Parade Shooting

Surrounding Suburbs Cancel 4th of July Events in Wake of Highland Park Parade Shooting

Multiple northern Chicago suburbs canceled Fourth of July events following a mass shooting along the Highland Park Independence Day Parade route Monday.

Glencoe officials said the village was canceling its Fourth of July parade as the city urged residents to “remain home” with the “threat still at large.”

“There have been no incidents or direct threats to Glencoe. Public Safety are monitoring the situation and recommend avoiding public and crowded areas at this time,” the village tweeted.

Glenview police announced around 11 a.m. that the town’s Fourth of July Parade was canceled “out of an abundance of caution.”

“There have been no incidents or direct threats to Glenview,” the department tweeted, adding that police were clearing the parade area, but the town’s fireworks display is still expected to take place Monday evening.

Nearby Deerfield announced its Family Days activities at Jewett Park were cleared and the parade in the town was canceled.

Evanston police said its holiday celebrations were canceled “effective immediately” due to the “tragic mass shooting.”

“While there is no known threat to Evanston residents, the shooter is still at large; therefore, cancelations are taking place in an abundance of caution,” the suburb stated in an alert. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors to the north.”

Northbrook announced its holiday activities, including the bike parade, mile-long parade and fireworks show were all canceled.

“Our thoughts are with our Highland Park neighbors,” the suburb said in an alert to residents.

Morton Grove also announced its parade was canceled Monday.

The public is being asked to avoid downtown Highland Park Monday as police respond to a shooting “in the area of the Independence Day parade route,” the Lake County Sheriff posted on Twitter.

“STAY OUT OF THE AREA – allow law-enforcement and first responders to do their work,” the sheriff posted.

Illinois State Police said the shooting situation is “active.”

“The Illinois State Police is currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shoot situation that occurred at the Highland Park Parade,” police tweeted. “The public is advised to avoid the area of Central Ave and 2nd St. in Highland Park.”

According to multiple reports on Twitter, gunshots were heard at Highland Park’s Fourth of July parade. Further details were not immediately confirmed by police.

The city of Highland Park also urged people to avoid the area.

“Fourth Fest has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available,” the north suburban Chicago town posted.

This is a breaking news story. Check back as details emerge.

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Rocking the suburbs with new music events

Rocking the suburbs with new music events

After the success of regional gigs, CBD pop up shows and busking events, the latest phase of the On The Road Again live music program will deliver a new run of more than 100 live gigs to punters across Melbourne’s suburbs.

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Mitch Tambo performs for the launch of the metro leg of On The Road Again.

The $4 million metro leg of the hugely popular On The Road Again initiative will bring a wide range of live music gigs, festivals and events to venues in the coming months.

One of the first events to kick off, Southside Live will present a free program of live music on St Kilda’s foreshore in June and July, featuring some of Victoria’s best-loved musicians including Mitch Tambo, Pania, Freeds and the Teeny Tiny Stevies.

City of Maribyrnong will produce a weekly live music program at emerging music venues in Footscray, Moreland City Council will deliver up to 85 events partnering with local businesses and venues and Moonee Valley City Council will host two new events – Illuminate the River and MoPo Winter and Spring Sessions.

City of Stonnington will present a block party at Prahran Square and Chapel Fringe Sessions, three nights of music performances in October featuring Victorian and Australian acts. Yarra City Council will host Leaps and Bounds + BEYOND 2022 Festival, a mini-festival that will showcase Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander, African and LGBTQIA+ musicians.

Hobsons Bay City Council will deliver three music showcases that will establish Altona’s Civic Theatre as a new venue for live music in the west. Community Broadcasting Association of Australia will partner with community radio stations including Triple R, Joy FM and PBS to co-produce eight live music events across Melbourne.

On The Road Again kicked off in December with a $5 million program to support live music events in regional and outer suburban areas. This was followed by a series of pop-up performances and massive busking program in Melbourne’s CBD that presented more than 700 street performances.

In a further boost to the state’s music industry, the latest round of the Music Works grants is open for applications. Grants of between $4,000 and $40,000 are available for activities including recording and releasing new music, presenting music events, marketing and business development.

Visit our Music Works program to apply for a  grant.

For more information on upcoming On The Road Again events, visit or check your local gig guide.