Several north Chicago suburbs have called off July 4 events following a mass shooting along the Highland Park Independence Day Parade route on Monday that left more than two dozen people gunned down , including six killed.
Glencoe officials said the village was canceling its July 4 parade as the town urged residents to ‘stay at home’ with the ‘threat still on the loose’.
“There have been no incidents or direct threats to Glencoe. Public Safety is monitoring the situation and recommending avoiding public and crowded areas at this time,” the village tweeted.
Glenview Police announced around 11 a.m. that the town’s July 4 parade had been canceled “out of an abundance of caution”.
“There were 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 scheduled to take place on Monday night.
Nearby, Deerfield announced that its Family Days activities in Jewett Park had been canceled and the parade in the city had been cancelled.
Evanston Police say their holiday celebrations have been canceled ‘with immediate effect’ due to the ‘tragic mass shooting’.
“While there is no known threat to the residents of Evanston, the shooter remains at large; therefore, cancellations are being made with great caution,” the suburb said in an alert. “Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors to the north.”
Northbrook announced that its holiday activities, including the Bike Parade, One Mile Parade and Fireworks Show, have all been canceled.
“Our hearts go out to our neighbors in Highland Park,” the suburb said in an alert to residents.
Morton Grove and Skokie also announced that their parades had been canceled on Monday and Lake Forest said its festival and fireworks display would not take place. The Village of Mount Prospect canceled its 4th of July parade, the remainder of the Lions Club Festival at Melas Park and Monday night’s fireworks display and Buffalo Grove said all 4th of July events, including the band’s concert symphony and the fireworks, have been cancelled.
The public is urged to avoid downtown Highland Park on Monday as police respond to a shooting “in the area of the Independence Day Parade route,” the Lake County Sheriff said on Twitter.
“STAY OUT OF THE AREA – allow law enforcement and first responders to do their job,” the sheriff said.
Illinois State Police said the shooting situation was “active.”
“Illinois State Police are currently assisting Highland Park PD with an active shooting situation that occurred during 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 during the July 4 parade in Highland Park. Other details were not immediately confirmed by police.
The town of Highland Park also has urged people to avoid the area.
“The fourth festival has been canceled. Please avoid downtown Highland Park. More information will be shared as it becomes available,” the northern suburban Chicago city said.
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