Planning on attending Highland Park’s Independence Day Parade or the Grand Finale Bitter Jester Music Festival at Wolters Field? Add downtown Highland Park to your Fourth of July festivities! There’s plenty of parking, restaurants and retail stores open today. PLEASE NOTE: The parade starts at 10 a.m. at the intersection of Laurel and St. Johns Avenues and heads north on St. Johns Avenue, then turns west on Central Avenue and continues to Sunset Park.

Paper Source – Heading to the beach for the 4th? Paper Source has all of your summertime essentials. Shop the collection ==>

Ooh’lah Lash – Time to treat yourself this week!

Campus Colors – Shop the summer’s top tees, 5x NBA Champs shirts, authentic sports gear, or old school classics at Campus Colors.

Jayne – Open from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Michael’s Chicago-Style Red Hots –Celebrate the 4th of July weekend in style with 4 pairs of Michael’s festival shades. Available in every #Feastival box. Order yours today!

Ruby of Siam – Enjoy delicious Thai food on the 4th. Chicken satay and spring rolls are yummy choices!

Walker Brothers – Take 25% off Blueberry Pancakes during July! Locations will remain open until 3:30pm on July 4, 2017.

Arrivadolce – Open 8 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Coffee + Ice Cold Water + Treats!

The Perfect Blend – Park your bike and grab a bubble tea or gluten-free breakfast, lunch or dinner at The Perfect Blend. Free Wifi!

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Dairy Queen – Try the MISTY Slush, available in 5 fruity flavors! Only $1 for a small during Happy Hour, Monday-Friday from 2-5pm.

Potbelly – The frozen Raspberry Lemonade and all-new Turkey Club are always great choices.