Month: June 2022

News from the Research Desk Blog

Celebrating the Fourth of July

The Second Continental Congress formally voted for independence from Britain on July 2, 1776 while meeting in Philadephia. On July 4, 1776 it adopted the final draft of the Declaration of Independence. The declaration was read to communities and celebrations were held. In subsequent years people celebrated the act of independence on July 2, an occurrence wholly approved by John Adams, the second President of the United States. However, eventually July 4 became the date widely accepted as Independence Day. It was not until 1941 that Congress declared the Fourth of July as a federal holiday.

The people of Mount Prospect have always loved a parade. Here are some photographs from the collections of the Mount Prospect Historical Society and the Mount Prospect Public Library which show how Mount Prospect has celebrated the holidays with parades.

Mount Prospect Citizens Band on Parade, c1930
Fire Chief Edwin Haberkamp in Memorial Day parade, 1953
Mount Prospect Public Library entry in Fourth of July Parade, c1975

Happy Fourth of July however you choose to celebrate it!

Get ready to vote in the gubernatorial primary

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Perhaps you’ve noticed more campaign-related mail and yard signs lately. Early voting in the gubernatorial primary election in Illinois begins on June 13 and runs through June 27, and election day is June 28. Find more information about voter registration, finding your polling place, getting information on the candidates and more through our Voter Resources Research Guide.

Due to congressional redistricting following the 2020 census, some Mount Prospect residents will have a different U.S. Representative on their ballot. To avoid any election day surprises, sample ballots are available through the Cook County Clerk’s Office. For more detailed information about the candidates on the ballot, check out or

With questions about accessing any of these resources, stop by the Research Desk at the library, or contact us to request a reference appointment.