New Lenox Community Park District announced their Proud American Days festival will be canceled this year due to COVID-19. The festival was originally scheduled to take place during late July.
“We take pride in serving thousands of participants throughout recreational sports and programs as well as a variety of special events.” New Lenox Community Park District said in a statement yesterday. “After much conversation, we regret to inform you that our Proud American Das Festival scheduled for Thursday, July 23rd to Sunday, July 26, 2020, has been canceled due to the current Coronavirus pandemic. While we were looking forward to a great fest this year, the health and safety of our patrons, staff, partners, volunteers, vendors, and first responders are and always will be, our main priority.”
The festival held every July usually attracts 30,000 visitors.
The Village of New Lenox will go on with their 4th of July parade festivities, however, saying this year’s parade will be dedicated to first responders and essential workers as well as military service members.
“The parade will honor residents and business workers who stepped up during this time to provide essential services, and we are looking forward to recognizing them for all they have done for our community during this time.” The Village said in a statement via social media.
Essential workers will be able to walk in the parade and can sign up here.
The event will start at 11 am on July 4th. Details can be found on the Village’s Facebook page. Other events associate with July 4th festivities in New Lenox, including fireworks, have been canceled.