The city of Evanston, Illinois, located just north of Chicago, joined communities across the United States to celebrate their first personal Juneteenth parade on Saturday, but some remained wondering why the nation’s celebrations Independence Day canceled.
The Evanston Fourth of July Association voted to cancel Independence Day events in the town earlier in 2020 and opt for a virtual celebration instead – citing concerns over the ongoing coremavirus pandemic.
“Consistent with concern for public health due to the unpredictable impact of the pandemic, vaccination rates, and the cooperation of our local authorities, the Trustees… voted to cancel the Fun Run, Parade, Palatine Concert Band displayed and demonstrated Lakefront Fireworks on July 4, 2021, ”the board wrote in a statement.
But others took to social media to express their disappointment with the decision.
“My hometown of Evanston, Illinois had a Juneteenth Parade and a Gay Pride Parade, but canceled the 4th of July Parade & Fireworks,” Tom Bevan, co-founder and president of Real Clear Politics, wrote on Twitter.
My hometown of Evanston, Illinois had a Juneteenth Parade and a Gay Pride Parade, but canceled the 4th of July Parade & Fireworks. pic.twitter.com/KFhJ335LEl
– Tom Bevan (@TomBevanRCP) June 19, 2021
The board said they were limited by time constraints and an uncertain future during the pandemic. READ MORE
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