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July 2020


Happy 4th of July, Des Plaines!

Sadly, there will be no 4th of July parade in Des Plaines this year as we all do our part to stop the spread of COVID-17 by practicing social distancing.

Fortunately, you can find some great pictures of past Independence Day parades here on Des Plaines Memory.

Maine West PomPom Dancers

Above: The Maine West Pom-Pom dancers preceding the marching band in the 4th of July parade, 1991. Seen here on the 700-800 block of Lee Street in downtown Des Plaines

July 5 1909

Above: Independence Day in Des Plaines, 1909. The parade was actually held on the 5th of July in that year. This view is probably near the intersection of Miner Street and Ellinwood Street.

Highway Department Truck

Above: Maine Township elected officials rode in a Highway Department truck in the Des Plaines 4th of July parade in 1986. Seen here on the 800 block of Lee Street in downtown Des Plaines.

Des Plaines 4th of July Parade Bookworm 1986

Above: The Bookworm was DPPL’s entry in the 4th of July parade in 1986, seen here on Thacker Street.

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We invite you to help us document the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on your life by sharing your photographs and writings.

Please send us anything you are willing to share! Here’s how you can contribute:

Upload your digital photos directly to the collection via the Des Plaines Memory UPLOAD page.

Or send your written accounts in an email via the CONTACT US link on the Des Plaines Memory website. Or email Des Plaines Memory curator Steven Giese directly.

All individual contributions to Des Plaines Memory are preserved in the Des Plaines Public Library digital archive. You can see what other people have uploaded to the collection here.

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History Fun at Home

If you’re looking for creative family activities, take a look at theDes Plaines History Center’s Fun at Home page.

You’ll find all kinds of cool projects, from ice cream recipes to cracking codes used by the patriots during the American Revolution.

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Steven Giese, Des Plaines Memory Curator

About the Des Plaines Memory Newsletter

Are you a Des Plaines history lover? Or just a fan of all things Des Plaines in general? This monthly newsletter from Des Plaines Public Library and the Des Plaines History Center is for you!

What is Des Plaines Memory? It is a special online collection of photographs, documents and memorabilia from the Civil War era up to the present day related to the city of Des Plaines.

We hope you enjoy. Be sure to let us know if there is something you'd like us to spotlight in upcoming editions. You can reach Des Plaines Memory curator Steven Giese at

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