Downtown Elgin celebrates Independence Day Posted in: Lifestyle On Thursday evening, a group of patriotic children led a parade around Veterans Memorial Park and through the Elgin Farmers Market in downtown Elgin to celebrate the 4th of July. Before the parade, people could create Independence Day-themed chalk drawings on the sidewalks, while the Elgin Public Library invited children to craft independence crowns. Photos by Julianne Hodges ...PLEASE LOG IN FOR PREMIUM CONTENT. Our website requires visitors to log in to view the best local news. Not yet a subscriber? Subscribe today!