The town of Evanston, Illinois, is holding Pride and Juneteenth parades during the month of June, but canceling July 4 fireworks and Independence Day festivities.
The municipal government of Evanston had a grand announcement for its Juneteenth parade on Saturday. While the theatrical performance will be virtual, the parade will proceed in-person as scheduled.
Residents are also invited in-person to attend post-parade celebrations outdoors for "an afternoon of art, music, food and community."
Another major parade is scheduled in Evanston on June 26 to close out Pride Month. Once again, in-person events will continue after the parade, sponsored by the government, including a night-time "candle lighting ceremony and memorial."
However, the July 4 parade and fireworks will not go on as scheduled in Evanston. The city opted to do everything in a virtual manner on that day, offering a "safe, creative virtual celebration" only, to be broadcasted over local TV.
The decision to cancel the Independence Day events appears to be based on COVID-19 safety protocols, according to the city's press release. The Trustees of the Evanston Fourth of July Association voted to cancel the live Fun Run, Parade, Palatine Concert Band performance and Lakefront Fireworks show on July 4, based on "concern for public health due to the unpredictability of the pandemic's impact, vaccination rates, and in cooperation with our local authorities."