Fourth of July parade plans fizzle in 2 suburbs

Sparkler in front of American flag
Fourth of July illustration Photo credit Getty Images

(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — Two western suburbs are cancelling their traditional Fourth of July parades and making other plans.

In Aurora, the issue is spectators — a lack of spectators.

When the traditional Fourth of July parade returned to downtown Aurora last year, a city spokesman says the crowds downtown were “consistent with declining spectator participation before 2020.”

This year, the state’s second-largest city is opting for a procession of public safety vehicles through the city on the morning of July 4.

In South Elgin, the issue is who’s in the parade.

Parade organizers say they only were able to get commitments from one third of the expected number of groups.

Officials say the parade usually draws 60 to 80 groups and businesses, but only 26 had signed up this year. So, the South Elgin parade was cancelled. Instead, there will be a July 4 celebration in a park.

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