Celebrating the Fourth of July in Northbrook


The Village of Northbrook has enjoyed a Fourth of July celebration every year since 1949.  Events include a parade, pancake breakfast, rubber ducky race, and of course, fireworks.  Past years the Village had put together static maps displaying the parade route.  This year, GIS was contacted to create a dynamic, interactive, online map to promote the celebration and provide attendees with more event information.

GIS worked with the Public Works Department and the Fourth of July Planning Committee to create a map that not only displays the locations of events but provides information.  Users can click on an event to open a pop-up window with event details and times as well as a picture from last year’s event.  Users can also take advantage of hyperlinks to go directly to the website of the event host for even more details.

Northbrook Fire Department wanted to use the opportunity of an interactive map to display information regarding public safety for the events.  GIS mapped the locations of emergency medical services, fireworks restricted areas, and available fireworks parking.  

The interactive online map was a great option for promoting the celebration to attendees as well as supplying them with up to date information in a very accessible and easy to use format.